PoultryFest Niagara announces move to the new West Niagara Fairgrounds
Jim Koorneef, PoultryFest Vice President, PoultryFest mascot Drumstick, and Albert Witteveen , General Manager of the West Niagara Agricultural Society announce the move of PoutryFest Niagara to the new fairgrounds at Mud St. and Regional Road 12 in West Lincoln.
“Today we are announcing the unanimous decision by our committee to move PoultryFest Niagara to the new exhibition facilities built by the West Niagara Agricultural Society at Mud Street and Regional Road 12,” said Jim Koornneef, Vice President of PoultryFest.
“There are many reasons for this decision and foremost is that we want to take advantage of the great new facility we have in West Lincoln. It will increase our permanent indoor exhibition space by four times and give us unlimited outdoor space as well. The cost of providing temporary covered space and temporary electrical infrastructure is very expensive.”
“We were very fortunate over the first 15 years to not be affected much by rain, but this year drove home the message that we need more indoor space. And, with the uncertainty caused by the reconstruction of Regional Road 20 through Smithville and the redevelopment of the arena and old fairgrounds, we felt that we would be heavily impacted in the next few years. This move gives us a stable foundation to build on.”
Albert Witteveen, General Manager of the West Niagara Agricultural Society said, “Our Board is thrilled to welcome PoultryFest. This will give us 2 premier agricultural events at Niagara’s newest premier event space. One in the spring and one in the fall.”
Koornneef added that, “PoultryFest will remain a sponsor-driven event with the goal of providing Free Family Fun to its visitors and the new grounds will allow us to look at new events to include and put a fresh new face on the festival.”
One of the priorities that the committee identified early when looking at the move was the need to look after the people of Smithville that like to walk to the event. So they will be running a bus service from several points in downtown Smithville to PoultryFest. This service will be free and run all day.
When asked about the move, PoultryFest’s founding Chairman, Steve Ecker said, “I thought I would be the last person to ever suggest that PoultryFest move from downtown Smithville, but times and conditions change and I wholeheartedly support the committee’s decision. This is a bold and progressive move. Our original vision was to create a regional festival that will bring people to West Lincoln and showcase our capabilities and that does not change.”
PoultryFest takes place each year on the fourth Saturday in June and will be held for the first time at the new fairgrounds on June 25, 2016. For more information on PoultryFest or to join the organizing committee, call Jim Koornneef at 905-979-6696.