Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Friday, June 10, 2016

"Agritainment" ~ Behind the Scenes ~ Milton Fall Fair ~ Interview & YOUTUBE VIDEO ~ Great Photos & Music!

THE INSIDE SCOOP” ~ YouTube Video, Photographs, Music & More!

Interview with President of the Halton Agricultural Society, Vincenzo Carito and Penny Patterson, Homecraft President 

... Milton ... "Home of the “Milton Fall Fair”.

Join us in this great insightful interview with Vincenzo and colleagues ... or CATCH our Ontario Festivals Visited YouTube Video at this LINK.

Full of fun photographs, music and great "content" from "Behind the Scenes with the Milton Fall Fair"!

MILTON FALL FAIR ~ HALTON AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

Presented by Judi “Scoop” McWilliams
Ontario Festivals Visited
Penny Patterson & Vincenzo Carito
Halton Agricultural Society
Milton Fall Fair
Agritainment
This edition ofTHE INSIDE SCOOPwe talked with President of the Halton Agricultural Society, Vincenzo Carito and Penny Patterson, Homecraft President, and great insights from Jodi Passmore. 
They shared with us, that the “Ultimate goal of the Milton Agricultural Society is based around education and awareness surrounding agriculture”.
Although the Fair provides entertainment, they also want to bring back a “Taste of the Heritage” and preserve the “History” and “Legacies” for years to come.
Their goal is to not only create awareness of where family’s food comes from, but what life was like decades ago.
Educational aspects are tied in with the entertainment at the Milton Fall Fair.
Scoop McWilliams” states that … “It is important to stay true to the core of agriculture! It is “Our past & Our future!”
Milton is close to the Greater Toronto Area and the Halton Agricultural Society feels it is important to keep “City Folks” aware and in touch about the agriculture that is so vital, and so close to the city.
The Milton Fall Fair is smaller than other “Fall Fairs” in the Province (not the smallest by far, as the Festival Nomad and I have experienced). Vince says it has a “more intimate feeling” where you can get closer and experience on a personal level.
You can get more time with the agricultural industry both from the “farmers” to “producers” in the area.
This Milton Fall Fair offers a little more “hands on experience”.
WHERE VOLUNTEERS COME FROM … 
Halton Agricultural Society ~ Milton Fall Fair

Penny and Vince share withTHE INSIDE SCOOPthat most of their Volunteer’s typically are the family, friends, kids of families and their friends who are involved in agricultural in the area.
THE CHALLENGE…
The Volunteer Base is changing as the generations are getting older.
They share with us that one of their toughest challenges is to get Youth Involved.
Vince himself started volunteering in high school, after a school friend invited him to come along.
As age gaps and careers blossom, so does the core of the volunteer base.
Once people are involved through their own participation, such as animals, crafts, they usually stick around.
It’s getting them involved initially that is the challenge.
GETTING HOOKED ~ BECOMING A “LIFER”
Once they take that step … they generally “get hooked “become as Vince says “a lifer”!
He goes on to share …lives have not gotten busier than they were, per se, but our lives have changed, becoming complex, making it difficult for volunteers to make the meetings, do all the paperwork and more”.
Society today … A DIFFERENT KIND OF BUSY …
Life today is a “different kind of busy” prohibiting people from making a large commitment from being an Executive Director, Boards member or key role.
Vince has been President for 2 years now, being on the board for 11 years. A lot of fun, great rewards, but there is a bit of a time commitment, which can be the difficult part.
Being in such a Key Role is not what is always needed.
MANY ROLES at the FAIR …
Volunteers are needs for many aspects to host the Milton Fall Fair.
From set-up to tear down, to helping manage some of the actual events within the Fair. There is a lot that goes on “behind the scenes”.
THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! …
Halton Agricultural Society ~ Milton Fall Fair
Vince shares … “I truly believes there is something for everyone”!
It’s a matter of getting people to find what they like there! What is their interests?
Volunteering is part of the organizers responsibility to help find a “great fit” that the volunteer enjoys.
MORE FUN THAN WORK!
Vince says it’s important to not only “utilize their help (volunteers) but make it enjoyable at the same time”!
You want them to want to come back. “You have to make it as much enjoyable, if not more, then there is labour. You want to keep the Volunteers and appreciate them!”
MILTON FAIR GROUNDS ~ “THE HEART OF MILTON!”…
The Milton Fairgrounds are “The Heart of Milton” ~ “The Milton Fall Fair jams a lot Heart into the Fair”!
There’s is a lot of content in their Fair, a lot of Education, especially for the schools … and there is a lot of large amount of entertainment. Some people just want to come out for the shows, but actually, there’s so much more they could enjoy while at the Fairgrounds!
PLANNING FAR AHEAD …
We weren’t surprised when both Penny and Vince share that they plan the Fair a year in advance, if not further.
They plan their marketing and promotions and programming far in advance, so if there is a problem, say something needs to be cut out, or even added in, there would be time to manage it all. From the promotions, to entries or prize monies.
Youth Volunteers Outside of 40 hours requirements; How to engage youth?
Vince and I had a long chat about some ideas how to Engage Youth.
We talked about a perhaps holding a Competition during the Fair through Social Media. Vince says even that would require a Volunteer to coordinate.
 “Scoop McWilliams” shares … it wouldn’t it be nice if some of the youth brought their friends along.
If you asked a high school youth to Volunteer, the student might reply … “I don’t want to Volunteer at a Fair”, but, if you invited them to participate with Social Media such as “Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest”, they might be more inclined to get involved.
We need to offer our Youth something they are interested in!
Perhaps a Photo competition. Prizes given out on the final day of the Fair.
Offer Photograph Competition in all kinds of Different Categories.
Ideas seem to be endless … but starting the conversation on “Engaging Youth” would be a good start.
One way to ensure “quality control of Social Media” (nothing negative, rude, etc.) is to have the Students “Mentor” with a Senior Agricultural Society member. Together they can learn, grow and succeed!
ATTACHED TO YOUR DEVICE … HAVE FUN AND SHARE! …
As we continue to talk, Vince says people are so attached their phones and devices, that Engaging Youth through Social Media could be a great way to bring a little more promotion to the Fair.
Participation throughout Friday and Saturday, taking the shots and sharing, then Sunday, bring the family, parents, and grandparents to see if they “WON”!
A Choice ~ MILTON FALL FAIR ~ WEEKEND PASSES!
Halton Agricultural Society ~ Milton Fall Fair
Penny and Vince shared with me today there is a Weekend Pass available at the Milton Fall Fair. You can visit at your leisure. This will be great for people to experience different events all weekend long, come and go as they please.
Share YOUR EXPERIENCE at the Milton Fall Fair …
LEGACY! …. YOUR LEGACY! …
THE INSIDE SCOOPtalks with Vince, who shares with us today, that one of the most gratifying experiences at the Fair are the people that you get to meet!
KEEP GOOD THINGS GOING … IT’S NOT JUST THE FAIR … IT’S ALSO THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY …
Vince says the people are really “one of a kind”, devoted to hard work and keeping good things going”.
Vince thinks that not only is it the Fair itself that is special, but the people involved in the community!
It takes an entire community, youth and volunteers to keep our “Fairs” alive!
LEGACY THROUGH GENERATIONS …
Halton Agricultural Society ~ Milton Fall Fair
Vince shares his experience with us … “It’s an honour to walk the Fair hallway to see the Past Presidents and the Legacy throughout the generations”. All the family names go so far back.
Vince is the first of his family involved and hopes that for many generations to come, he too can “pass the torch” and the Legacy will go on!
Many generations are the make-up of the Milton Fall Fair, Halton Agricultural Society.
Tradition or legacy, Fairs offer you the opportunity to establish a traditional legacy and keep them alive.
Scoop McWilliams tells Vince in response to his statement … “you wonder in life, where’s your mark, how am I different, what’s my legacy going to be? …It sounds like Vince found a nice niche and hopefully it will continue.
Scoop goes on to say … “There is a satisfaction and feeling in life that you helped, and contributed, and hopefully helped make something successful”.
YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT … YOUR LEGACY …
Vince shares … “It is a wonderful feeling to see how many other generations have been involved and you can be a part of it!”
We welcome you to check out the Milton Fall Fair ~ Halton Agricultural Society website to learn about the Fair and more! (Check out the Milton Fall Fair, and all the activities at the Fairgrounds, at LINK (http://www.miltonfair.com/).
Check out Ontario Festivals Visited YouTube Video of this Interview at LINK
Milton Fall Fair ~ Halton Agricultural Society Fairgrounds
Get connected! Become Involved in Your Future!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

“Respecting the Past while Embracing the Future!” ~ “Without our Past … we have nothing!” ~ History is the Original Recycler”!

We are concluding our Interview here with Jodie Easson, representing the Caledonia Agricultural Society in this fabulous, fun, interesting, educational (“Agri-cational”), entertaining Interview with “THE INSIDE SCOOP”.
Judi "Scoop" McWilliams ~ Ontario Visited
Great Interview with
Jodie Easson ~ Caledonia Agricultural Society ~ More than just a FAIR!
There is a lot of “SCOOP”, and Gary and I are excited to present this “INSIDE SCOOP” Blog via VIDEO. We had a sunny fabulous day to shot the Video at Collingwood ~ Blue Mountain Village. Jodie and her daughter had come the area for a dance competition (her daughter that is), and Jodie was able to carve in some time to share her insights, knowledge, and great sense of humour with us all.

We hope you enjoy this 7 Part Series of “THE INSIDE SCOOP” with Caledonia Agricultural Society ~ Great information for any Festival, Event, Organization, and Associations! Lots to learn!
PART 7 ~ “Respecting the Past while Embracing the Future!” ~ “Without our Past … we have nothing!” ~ History is the Original Recycler”!
You are welcome to check out the Caledonia Agricultural Society website for all their events and activities at the Fairgrounds. Check out at http://caledoniafair.ca/PHP/cashome.php.
You can also check out our Ontario Festivals Visited You Tube Channel for ongoing Videos: Tours of Ontario’s adventures and discoveries! Check out at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz-JADna-sRdu9NQi18rymw.
Finally, have fun with our weekly “Oh Canada Eh! Game” ~ online interactive video with questions about Canada leading up to our 150th Sesquicentennial in 2017! Enjoy! Please see at http://ontariofestivalsvisited.ca/oh-canada-eh-the-game.html

Saturday, September 26, 2015

“Home for the Harvest” ~ “Traditions are our link to the Past!” ~ Scoop from President Jeff Dornan ~ Norwood Fall Fair ~ Rick Mercer YouTube Video

“Home for the Harvest” ~ “Traditions are our link to the Past!” ~ Scoop from President Jeff Dornan ~ Norwood Fall Fair ~ Rick Mercer YouTube Video
Norwood Fall Fair ~ Thanksgiving Weekend
“It is my privilege to invite you to come and enjoy a day or two or maybe even three at the 2015 Norwood Thanksgiving Weekend Fair.
The Fair has a long history in the township of Asphodel-Norwood and one that we as a community can be justifiably a bit proud of. Our fairground sign proudly displays the statement “A Tradition Since 1868”. The word tradition might conjure up memories of times past or of “old ways” of doing things, and many traditions will usually create a welcome sense of comfort and familiarity.
The first meeting of what would eventually become the Norwood Agricultural Society was held in the year 1868, however there are many stories and records that place  the fairs beginnings considerably earlier to a least the 1840’s. Organized by our community minded ancestors, these early exhibitions were large community events where area farmers could display their harvests and their livestock, the farmer’s wife and children could also display their handiwork, preserves and baking.
Essentially the Norwood Fair began as a community gathering, a place where family, friends and neighbours got together for some good-natured competition, to catch up on town gossip, share a few stories and I would imagine to share even more laughs. This homecoming family-like atmosphere is what we as directors of the fair work diligently to preserve and cultivate, and it is those humble beginnings that form the basis for many of the traditions that we strive to pass on to future generations of fair goers.
Traditions are our link to our past - it is where we came from and one of our earliest mandates was to stay faithful to our agricultural heritage; we strive to accomplish this by insisting that our shows and competitions stay agricultural in nature. This directive allows us to stay connected to our past and honour the efforts and aspirations of our forefathers, while still providing us the freedom to evolve and grow.
While the fair has its own customs that it adheres to, it is also responsible for creating many family traditions. For most people that grew up in Norwood or the surrounding area the Fair tends to become a Thanksgiving ritual for them and their family, the holiday weekend will include a pilgrimage to the fair as well as gathering to enjoy a holiday feast together. As time passes and families move and expand this annual ritual usually still continues; bringing extended family members back home for a trip to the Fair and the annual friendly fight over the stuffing.
Keeping and maintaining treasured and familiar customs is where traditions are born, they create a sense of belonging and a sense of comfort in knowing that certain things will stay the same for as long as possible.
For our theme this year we have incorporated both family and Fair traditions together and I hope you will make or continue to make, the Norwood Fair a part of your own Thanksgiving weekend traditions as I invite you to come “Home for the Harvest”.
Have an enjoyable and fun filled time with your family and friends at the Norwood Fair”.
Judi "Scoop" McWilliams
Ontario Visited enjoys Norwood Fair
Norwood Fall Fair fun for all generations!
Rick Mercer with Norwood Fall Fair
 President, Jeff Dornan
 ENJOY THIS GREAT YOU TUBE VIDEO ~ RICK MERCER at NORWOOD FALL FAIR


Thursday, September 24, 2015

“SIGNAGE!” ~ “Embrace New Technology” ~ “TAG & BRAG”

We welcome you to join along with our Interview with Jodie Easson, representing the Caledonia Agricultural Society to this fabulous, fun, interesting, educational (“Agri-cational”), entertaining Interview with “THE INSIDE SCOOP”.
Judi "Scoop" McWilliams ~ Ontario Festivals Visited 
Great Interview with
Jodie Easson ~ Caledonia Agricultural Society

There is a lot of “SCOOP”, and Gary and I are excited to present this “INSIDE SCOOP” Blog via VIDEO. We had a sunny fabulous day to shot the Video at Collingwood ~ Blue Mountain Village. Jodie and her daughter had come the area for a dance competition (her daughter that is), and Jodie was able to carve in some time to share her insights, knowledge, and great sense of humour with us all.
We hope you enjoy this 7 Part Series of “THE INSIDE SCOOP” with Caledonia Agricultural Society ~ Great information for any Festival, Event, Organization, and Associations! Lots to learn!
PART 6 ~ “SIGNAGE!” ~ “Embrace New Technology” ~ “TAG & BRAG”
Stay tuned for Part 7 ~ “Respecting the Past while Embracing the Future!” ~ “Without our Past … we have nothing!” ~ History is the Original Recycler”!
In the meantime, you are welcome to check out the Caledonia Agricultural Society website for all their events and activities at the Fairgrounds. Check out at http://caledoniafair.ca/PHP/cashome.php.
You can also check out our Ontario Festivals Visited You Tube Channel for ongoing Videos: Tours of Ontario’s adventures and discoveries! Check out at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz-JADna-sRdu9NQi18rymw.
Finally, have fun with our weekly “Oh Canada Eh! Game” ~ online interactive video with questions about Canada leading up to our 150th Sesquicentennial in 2017! Enjoy! Please see at http://ontariofestivalsvisited.ca/oh-canada-eh-the-game.html

Thursday, September 17, 2015

“Classic Country Fair with a bit of an Edge”! ~ “Change is Scary” ~ “Keep it Fresh!” ~ “Banks of the Grand River”

We welcome you to join along with our Interview with Jodie Easson, representing the Caledonia Agricultural Society to this fabulous, fun, interesting, educational (“Agri-cational”), entertaining Interview with “THE INSIDE SCOOP”.
Jodie Easson ~ Caledonia Agricultural Society
Judi "Scoop" McWilliams
interview with Jodie Easson
Enjoying a Beautiful Day!
There is a lot of “SCOOP”, and Gary and I are excited to present this “INSIDE SCOOP” Blog via VIDEO. We had a sunny fabulous day to shot the Video at Collingwood ~ Blue Mountain Village. Jodie and her daughter had come the area for a dance competition (her daughter that is), and Jodie was able to carve in some time to share her insights, knowledge, and great sense of humour with us all.
We hope you enjoy this 7 Part Series of “THE INSIDE SCOOP” with Caledonia Agricultural Society ~ Great information for any Festival, Event, Organization, and Associations! Lots to learn!
PART #5 ~ “Classic Country Fair with a bit of an Edge”! ~ “Change is Scary” ~ “Keep it Fresh!” ~ “Banks of the Grand River”

Stay tuned for Part 6 ~ “SIGNAGE!” ~ “Embrace New Technology” ~ “TAG & BRAG”
In the meantime, you are welcome to check out the Caledonia Agricultural Society website for all their events and activities at the Fairgrounds. Check out at http://caledoniafair.ca/PHP/cashome.php.
You can also check out our Ontario Festivals Visited You Tube Channel for ongoing Videos: Tours of Ontario’s adventures and discoveries! Check out at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz-JADna-sRdu9NQi18rymw.
Finally, have fun with our weekly “Oh Canada Eh! Game” ~ online interactive video with questions about Canada leading up to our 150th Sesquicentennial in 2017! Enjoy! Please see at http://ontariofestivalsvisited.ca/oh-canada-eh-the-game.html

Thursday, September 10, 2015

“Agri-cation” ~ “Community Growth” ~ “Engaging Youth” ~ “Best Way to Ensure the Future!”

We welcome you to join along with our Interview with Jodie Easson, representing the Caledonia Agricultural Society to this fabulous, fun, interesting, educational (“Agri-cational”), entertaining Interview with “THE INSIDE SCOOP”.
Judi "Scoop" McWilliams ~ Ontario Visited
interviews
Jodie Easson ~ Caledonia Agricultural Society
There is a lot of “SCOOP”, and Gary and I are excited to present this “INSIDE SCOOP” Blog via VIDEO. We had a sunny fabulous day to shot the Video at Collingwood ~ Blue Mountain Village. Jodie and her daughter had come the area for a dance competition (her daughter that is), and Jodie was able to carve in some time to share her insights, knowledge, and great sense of humour with us all.
We hope you enjoy this 7 Part Series of “THE INSIDE SCOOP” with Caledonia Agricultural Society ~ Great information for any Festival, Event, Organization, and Associations! Lots to learn!
PART 4 ~ “Agri-cation” ~ “Community Growth” ~ “Engaging Youth” ~ “Best Way to Ensure the Future!”
Ontario Festivals Visited YouTube Video ~ Interview


Stay tuned for Part 5 ~ “Classic Country Fair with a bit of an Edge”! ~ “Change is Scary” ~ “Keep it Fresh!” ~ “Banks of the Grand River”
In the meantime, you are welcome to check out the Caledonia Agricultural Society website for all their events and activities at the Fairgrounds. Check out at http://caledoniafair.ca/PHP/cashome.php.
You can also check out our Ontario Festivals Visited You Tube Channel for ongoing Videos: Tours of Ontario’s adventures and discoveries! Check out at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz-JADna-sRdu9NQi18rymw.
Finally, have fun with our weekly “Oh Canada Eh! Game” ~ online interactive video with questions about Canada leading up to our 150th Sesquicentennial in 2017! Enjoy! Please see at http://ontariofestivalsvisited.ca/oh-canada-eh-the-game.html

Thursday, September 3, 2015

“Caledonia Fair Memories” ~ “1987 Fair Queen” ~ “Breaking the Barriers” ~ “Growth & Change”

We welcome you to join along with our Interview with Jodie Easson, representing the Caledonia Agricultural Society to this fabulous, fun, interesting, educational (“Agri-cational”), entertaining Interview with “THE INSIDE SCOOP”.
Judi "Scoop" McWilliams ~ Ontario Visited
interview with
Jodie Easson, Caledonia Agricultural Society
There is a lot of “SCOOP”, and Gary and I are excited to present this “INSIDE SCOOP” Blog via VIDEO. We had a sunny fabulous day to shot the Video at Collingwood ~ Blue Mountain Village. Jodie and her daughter had come the area for a dance competition (her daughter that is), and Jodie was able to carve in some time to share her insights, knowledge, and great sense of humour with us all.
We hope you enjoy this 7 Part Series of “THE INSIDE SCOOP” with Caledonia Agricultural Society ~ Great information for any Festival, Event, Organization, and Associations! Lots to learn!
Ontario Festivals Visited You Tube Interview 
PART 3 ~ “Caledonia Fair Memories” ~ “1987 Fair Queen” ~ “Breaking the Barriers” ~ “Growth & Change”


Stay tuned for Part 4 ~ “Agri-cation” ~ “Community Growth” ~ “Engaging Youth” ~ “Best Way to Ensure the Future!”
In the meantime, you are welcome to check out the Caledonia Agricultural Society website for all their events and activities at the Fairgrounds. Check out at http://caledoniafair.ca/PHP/cashome.php.
You can also check out our Ontario Festivals Visited You Tube Channel for ongoing Videos: Tours of Ontario’s adventures and discoveries! Check out at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz-JADna-sRdu9NQi18rymw.
Finally, have fun with our weekly “Oh Canada Eh! Game” ~ online interactive video with questions about Canada leading up to our 150th Sesquicentennial in 2017! Enjoy! Please see at http://ontariofestivalsvisited.ca/oh-canada-eh-the-game.html