Mount Forest Fall Fair Ambassador Ashley Ferraro and Arthur Fair Ambassador Katelyn Brown finished in the top 7 at this years CNE Ambassador of the Fairs competition.
“It was incredible,” said Ferraro. “Looking around, there was over 80 different ambassadors there and you thought to yourself ‘any one of these people could be the Ambassador of the Fairs.”
In her speech, Ferraro said “Farming is really important, and the fairs and exhibitions provide a great opportunity to educate everyone about how important it really is.”
She also talked about the importance of the Canadian farmer during World War I and World War II, and how without their contributions to the war effort troops would have starved.
“We could be living in a very different Canada today if not for the contributions of the Canadian farmer,” she said.
Matt Garwood of the Elmvale Fair won this year’s competition. Garwood becomes the second male to be named CNE Ambassador of the Fairs.
The OPP have issued a security reminder to property and business owners, after a series of break-ins in Mount Forest in the last week.
Three businesses and a church in Mount Forest have been hit in recent days. In each case, someone forced entry to the buildings and stole small amounts of cash.
Police remind business owners and residents to secure property and make sure exterior lights are working, locking all windows, making sure all doors are properly closed and locked. leaving an internal light on can also be a deterrent. Make it clear that no money is left on the premises, make regular bank deposits to minimize cash on hand; and install an alarm system and have it checked often.
In the event of a break-and-enter, call police immediately and don’t disturb the crime scene. Be prepared to provide police with a clear description and value of missing items, including serial numbers if possible.
The 40th playing of the Pike Lake Open was decided in a four-man playoff last Saturday.
Pike Lake’s Brandon Rumph and Eric Arruda were joined by Mike Hanna and Eric Lynn in the playoff after all 4 men shot a 1-over par 73 on the Links Course.
This was the first time Rumph has won the Pike Lake Open, and the first time that someone from Pike Lake has won the event since Shawn Cowen in 2012.
New this year was the Million Dollar Shot. Sponsored by Larry Hudson Chevrolet Buick GMC, one name was drawn from the 190 golfer field to have one shot at winning $1 million if they holed out from 165 yards on the 18th hole.
Matt Reid from Wheatley had his name drawn, and with the rest of the field looking on, took his shot. However his shot was right of the green.
The Pike Lake Open is considered one of the best men’s invitational tournaments in all of Ontario. This year saw over 190 men take part in the 18-hole event.