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2014-08-31 at 16:34

In good hands

By Jamie Smith,
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Where most fair-goers just see a bench, Jordan Sime sees a point of pride.

The 11-year-old has spent the past three days along with nearly 200 other volunteers getting ready for the 102 nd Hymers Fall Fair. Wrapping hay bales, getting the roasting pit going and hauling benches around a fair ground may not seem like the ideal weekend but for Jordan, it's been an amazing time even after a rainy Thursday that soaked the volunteers.

"I wanted to do it because it's a good cause," he said. "I helped set up a bunch of stuff and now everyone's enjoying it. That just makes me feel really satisfied."

Jordan's been having so much fun he even started recruiting several friends like 12-year-old Matthew Magnuson to come along.

"It's nice to be helpful," Matthew said. "I'm happy to make them happy."

This is the duo's first year volunteering, all thanks to Jordan's grandmother Margaret Duncan. For her, it's great to see the next generation give back.

"It means they want to do something for somebody else," Duncan said.

A heritage of family volunteers is part of what makes the fair what it is Hymers Agricultural Society president Barry Woodbeck said.

Watching Jordan and Matthew put in a hard day's work at the fair, Woodbeck sees that its future is in good hands, as it has been for more than a century.

"I think it's been passed down from generation to generation," he said. "Father to son, mother to daughter and so on."

"We can't run a fair without them."

It's also part of the reason people keep coming back by the thousands every year. With no rides and exhibits that have been there from day one, it's just a grassroots country fair Woodbeck said.

"To younger people it's something new. To older people it's something to reminisce about," he said.

That said, there is a new addition to the fair this year as they expanded the ring to make way for horse jumping, a huge draw Sunday afternoon.

"We're very proud of that," Woodbeck said.

The fair continues Monday.

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sunnyside says:
I guess the number of people that were looking for parking by 12.30 p.m. on Sunday is a good thing for the fair board but unfortunately the distance we would have had to walk (my husband recently had second hip surgery and my arthritis) didn t allow for us to walk to the fair entrance never mind walking the grounds and back to the vehicle. So we went to Kakabeka for lunch and returned home. A 180 km distance.
8/31/2014 6:00:21 PM
alarmforce says:
What a great fair Hymers puts on year after year. Sorry I have to miss it this year.
8/31/2014 6:27:50 PM
nvjgu says:
I don't understand the volunteer concept for these types of event's that are not for charity and set up to make money.
8/31/2014 8:38:09 PM
tsb says:
The charity is Hymers Agricultural Society, which maintains the grounds and buildings and hosts the fair.
9/1/2014 5:21:16 PM
djs says:
Last year, I went to the Murilla Fair and was seriously under-whelmed with the event. There seemed to be nothing there, and it lacked any positive energy. I left knowing I would probably never come back. Even though I have lived in the area all my life, I had never been to the Hymer's Fall Fair, until yesterday. I was not expecting much after my time at the Murillo Fair, but instead, I loved it. The stands of food, crafts, information, old farming equipment, etc,, the various farm animals available to see and pet, the horse shows, the musical entertainment, the crowds of people of all ages--it was amazing! My only complaint was that they needed to have someone out with a shovel more to pick up after the horses--the city girl in me found that part messy. Will I return? Definitely! Should the people who run Murillo learn from this event--definitely!
9/1/2014 7:51:44 AM
Commonsense says:
Hymers is a great family event! Great displays, animals and poultry on display, musical performers, horse show, old motors display, and the awesome market area where you can buy some great locally made/produced items to take home.. Plus, many shady spots to sit and rest, which is nice if you're bringing children or older folk!
Rain, rain, go away today! Hope this second day was a success!
9/1/2014 8:52:36 AM
Buddy10377 says:
The next day I helped out in the kitchen. Matthew was not able to join me but I helped out with the turkey dinner. I had to restock the juice dispensers but when they were full I asked if I could help with anything else just trying to help as much as I could and Phill said: "you have helped more than any other 11 year old 'city slickers' that have volunteered in this kitchen". I plan to volunteer again next year because I had so much fun this year!
9/2/2014 9:32:43 PM
outofgas says:
In a couple previous years, we parked well away, and were delivered by school bus directly to the gate. Couldn't have been better. Not sure if that was inplace this year.

If you had a disabled card, you could park right by the gate.

Didn't have a chance to go this year.
9/2/2014 11:21:47 PM
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