History of the West Niagara Agricultural Society
The WEST NIAGARA AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY was formed in 2012 through the amalgamation of the former Lincoln Agricultural Society (LAS) and Smithville Agricultural Society (SAS). These non-profit organizations had each operated for over 150 years in the Lincoln and West Lincoln communities. After the sale of land owned by LAS in downtown Beamsville, it was decided that joining the two societies at a new central, rural location in Grassie (West Lincoln) with a new facility, would make a stronger organization. On a 95 acre parcel of land at the corner of Mud Street and Grimsby Mountain Road, the new WEST NIAGARA AGRICULTURAL CENTRE AND FAIRGROUNDS opened its doors in 2015 and has been going strong ever since.
At our facility we are able to offer a spectacular venue for year round events – for our community to gather, celebrate and be entertained! Some examples are horse shows, dog shows, festivals, fundraising banquets, craft shows and wedding receptions. And of course, our annual WEST NIAGARA FAIR! We are proud of what we have accomplished and what we have to offer to our community.
Agricultural Societies are formed under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act and are mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Our main mission is to promote and provide agricultural education through a variety of programs and showcases throughout the year..
Agricultural societies have a long history in Canada. “The Agricultural Society of Upper Canada” was organized at Niagara in 1791. After decades of evolving from “a group of gentlemen farmers who met to discuss the technical aspects of agriculture and to hear learned papers read”, there are now over 200 societies just in Ontario alone.
Our Society is composed of members, and governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom are VOLUNTEERS and who live in the surrounding communities coming from all walks of life. The day to day operation of the facility, and all fundraising events, including the Fair, are planned and executed by our members with the help of part time employees.