Help is needed to set up the community hall for the fair....We will need trucks and trailers and people to do lifting.
Meet James Gilchrist, our 2016-2017 Ambassador of the West Niagara Fair
James graduated from Grimsby Secondary School in June 2017 with honours Secondary School diploma and his High Skills Major in Construction. In September, James will be attending University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus to pursue a diploma in Agriculture.
James has always lived in rural Smithville but has never lived on a farm. He started with 4-H Dairy Calf club at the age of 10 and has completed 20 projects since then including 9 Dairy, 5 Plowing, 4 Sporting Chance, Farm Safety, Demo Derby and 4-H Explore for Boys. James is currently the President and Youth Leader for the 4-H Lincoln Dairy Calf Club. James is also a member of Niagara Wentworth Junior Farmers.
James was a member of the GSS rowing team for 4 years and a member of the school Jazz and Concert bands from grades 7 to 11. He spends his spare time training as a long distance runner. In 2017 James ran the Grimsby Half Marathon and the Around the Bay 30km in 2:45. James continues to be a very helpful volunteer with 4-H, the West Niagara Fair and Poultryfest.
As Ambassador James walked in both the Smithville and Grimsby Santa Claus parades and was honoured to be able to attend the OAAS conference in February. As Ambassador, James spoke at the 4-H Niagara North Awards banquet and at Caistor Centre Public School to encourage participation in the fair. James will be attending the CNE competition for Ambassador of the Fairs, August 18 to 20.
The West Niagara Agriculture Society wishes James the best of luck at the CNE.
Meet Meagan Lowden, our 2015/16 West Niagara Fair Ambassador
Meagan is currently a Junior Director of the West Niagara Agricultural Society. She is a graduate of the Mohawk College Environmental Engineering Technician Program, currently working with water and waste water.
Meagan has enjoyed her farm life working with sheep, chickens, cows. She is currently learning about ginseng farming.
In her spare time she enjoys playing Australian rules football for the Hamilton Wildcats.
A message from our Ambassador Meagan - Congrats for your success at the CNE competition!
"I can't believe I made top 7! There were so many great ambassadors overall I couldn't imagine choosing. Thank you West Niagara Ag Society for giving me this opportunity and to be able to represent on your behalf. Thank you to the countless other who've helped me along the way to get to this point today. And thank you to the CNE for all that you've provided for all of us during the entire weekend."
Check out Meagan's story in Niagara This Week
Meet Kim Wiebe, our 2014 /15 our West Niagara Fair Ambassador
Kim Wiebe was home schooled throughout elementary and high school, and is currently in her first year of Practical Nursing at Niagara College.
She is a dedicated 4-H member and has been involved in showing dairy heifers for six years. She has also served as President for her club of over 30 members for the last three consecutive years, and has attended the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to show her project calf. This year she was awarded both Reserve Champion Showperson and Reserve Champion for her calf within her club, as well as the North Niagara Spirit of 4-H Dairy Award from Ontario Holsteins.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys showing and breeding and selling eggs from her 100 chickens on her hobby farm near Smithville. She also loves art, especially drawing and acrylics.
She is thrilled to be chosen as the 2014-15 West Niagara Fair Ambassador, and is proud to hold that role. She has enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the livestock shows other than dairy, and looks forward to attending the Annual General Meeting, Convention, and the CNE in the coming year.