Paul Pospisil, Susan Munro, Gordon Patterson & Walter Downs all
turned 80 this year and are still extremely active on the Maberly Fair Board.
Maberly Fair has had a banner year all things considered. Maberly Agricultural Board/Fair is strictly a volunteer organization. Our Board members started 2018 off with discovery of some very disheartening news. It was revealed that our main bank account had been wiped out and the Maberly Agricultural Board/Fair was in financial ruin. This was devastating and rocked our faith to the core. To live in a small tight knit community where everyone helps their neighbour and then to have one decimate that trust is overwhelming. After investigation the immediate past treasurer was charged by Lanark County OPP with fraud over $5000 and has had three court appearances in which she did not attend but was represented by council and the process is ongoing. Keep in mind there has been no conviction as of yet.
However when word got out the residents of Maberly and surrounding communities, the Perth Fair and other organizations stepped up to restore our trust. The Maberly Agricultural Board/Fair wish to thank all who donated and offered help in any way. It goes to show that trust can be destroyed only if you allow it so we may bend but we did not break. The 136th Maberly fair was held on the 25th of August and it may have been a bit smaller but we did it. The fair hosted a parade, many hall exhibits, horse draw, light horse show, poultry and cattle shows, music on the grand stand and of course our famous zucchini races. A lot of thanks go to four long time members who hit the 80th mark this year. These volunteers are tireless workers. Gordon Patterson (animal classes) has been on our fair board since 1956 for a total of 62 years, Paul Pospisil (horticulture/flowers) since 1991 or 27 years, Walter Downs (grounds maintenance & gates) since 1999 or 19 years and Sue Munro (horse draw & euchre parties) since 1994 or 24 years. This is called volunteer dedication
All prize monies have been disbursed. We are still hosting card parties the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from March until November at the Maberly Community Hall starting at 7:00 pm.
(Editors note - The Frontenac News can confirm that the immediate former treasurer of the Maberly Fair is Bonnie Palmer.)