The Russell Agricultural Society continues to be an integral part of the Russell Township community! We enjoy a good relationship with our fellow community groups, the Russell Curling Club and of course, our Township. Our grounds provide community members with a beautiful green space in the heart of the village.
After a few years of dwindling membership, our Board of Directors now sits at 25 members! We have a strong, united group who are committed to our vision of enriching rural life and showcasing agricultural diversity in our community. The backbone of our organization continues to be the many, many volunteers we rely on to make our events happen. We are truly fortunate to live in a community where so many give back with their time. We are always looking for new volunteers! Visit us at Russell Agricultural Society to sign up – it’s a great way to get involved in your community!
Our Canada Day event kicks off the summer season and our annual Fair attracts thousands of people to our community. This years’ Fair will feature an enhanced Educational component as we move this ever popular attraction to our big barn! We will also have a jam-packed weekend of outdoor attractions and a rocking entertainment tent! There is sure to be something for everyone!
Our Community Market will also continue throughout the summer and Fall will bring us Art at Night and the Winter Market. September will see us barbequing as our rescheduled Chicken Dinner takes place. We are thrilled to be co-hosting the Ontario Festival of Small Halls in conjunction with St Andrew’s and St Paul’s United Church in October. We are bringing Dueling Pianos to Russell in November for a Chinese dinner and evening of music. All in all a very busy season for us with so many events for our community!
Yours in agriculture,
History of the RAS
Fairs are held every weekend from May to October somewhere in Ontario. Almost all fairs have a “regular weekend” or calendar slot, and very few fairs change their weekend.
In 1846, a group of dedicated volunteers created a central, all-Ontario organization to help agricultural societies better achieve their goals. Times have changed a bit since then, but every year Ontario hosts over 230 agricultural fairs, representing approximately 40 per cent of all fairs in this country. The oldest continually-held fair in Ontario is at Williamstown, held annually since 1812.The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) publishes a schedule of fair dates every year.
“A History of Agricultural Societies and Fairs in Ontario, 1792-1992”
“From Swamp to Shanty”, published by Wendell M. Stanley, 1987
“Ontario Agricultural Fairs – A Snapshot in Time” published by the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies
Constitution and by-laws
Please call the office 613-445-1742 if you would like hard copies mailed to you.