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With the COVID-19 pandemic in full affect across the United States, and the President banning all mass gatherings over 10 people, until at least April 30, we have been receiving phone calls and emails from our members with questions.

There will be more information coming from us, and many other sources, over the coming months, so we have started this page as a directory for the information and updates that will be available for our members throughout the coming months. The look of this page will change over time, so check back often.


2021 WVAFF Queen Eligibility Questionsuse this link
This information concerning eligibility is as of 4/15/2020


Coronavirus News and Resources below:

Changes and cancellations for those that have notified us
Government informational links
Useful Links from around the web
Instagram hashtag posts #wvaffstrong
Twitter hashtag posts #wvaffstrong


What will be waiting on the other side of all of this is uncertain. The only certainty we have now, is that we know – as West Virginians – we will get through this – together.

As we wait out the storm that COVID-19 has brought, we hope that each of you will stay in touch with your fans and your communities. It can be as simple as updating your social media accounts with important information for your area; or by having your Queen do an uplifting social media post with the hashtags #wvaffstrong and or #fairstrong. Let folks know that your organization is still here.


WV Department of HHR
WV Hospitality and Travel Association
Coronavirus FAQ
CDC Coronavirus Index
Small Business Guide to the CARES Act
State Quarantine and Isolation Statutes
Clean and Disinfecting for Community Facilities


Useful Links:

WV Public Broadcasting:
Coronavirus in West Virginia
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do
Beckers Hospital Review
When will COVID-19 peak?
Ars Technica
Comprehensive Guide to Coronavirus
Carnival Warehouse:
Carnival Warehouse recommendations of what fairs and festivals, should be doing.
COVID19 and Future of Our Events



The information below is as of 4/15/2020
2021 WVAFF Queen Eligibility

During this time of uncertainty, we’d like to extend our help in any way that we can. We have received numerous phone calls and emails regarding your queen’s eligibility and the “what ifs?”

In terms of your Queen’s eligibility, please find the following updates:

1. If you were able to hold a pageant this year, but your 2020 event is cancelled

  • Your queen will still be eligible to participate in the pageant IF you plan to host an eligible event next year (2021). This will NOT apply to events that will no longer have an event. NOTE: This is a one-time exemption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. If you were unable to have a 2020 pageant

  • If you are unable to have a 2020 pageant, you will be able to send the representative from your previous pageant; or have your Board of Directors appoint someone. ALL WVAFF eligibility requirements must still be met.

Please remember, that each local pageant that is conducted by the Fairs and Festivals that are member events of our Association, is independently produced under the direction of the Fair or Festival itself. While the West Virginia Association of Fairs & Festivals does accept eligible representatives from these Fairs and Festivals, who are in good standing, as contestants in the state pageant, we have no control over the local pageants themselves.

Sincerely,
WVAFF Board of Directors


Each of our fairs and festivals are vital to our communities, and when this is over, they will need our help just as much as we will need them. The economic boost is the first thing that comes to mind, but maybe more importantly is the social value. We provide a location for families and friends to come together to make memories and to have fun – something that they may not get to do for many weeks to come.

Updates on Fairs and Festivals that we have received:

Any changes to Events that we receive will be listed below:

  • Calhoun County Wood Festival
  • Postponing the 58th Annual Wood Festival until 2021
  • Clendenin Homecoming Festival
  • Clendenin Homecoming Festival and all Pageants are cancelled for 2020
  • Marmet Festival Days Pageant
  • Original Date: April 3-4, 2020
  • Re-scheduled Date: TBA
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival Pageant
  • Re-scheduled to May 3rd, 2020
  • Putnam County Fair Queen Pageants
  • Postponed to June 14th
  • Rhododendron Festival
  • May 9 – 30, 2020, Subject to Change
  • Richwood Ramp Festival
  • Event Date: Cancelled for 2020
  • Summersville Lighthouse Festival
  • Summersville Lighthouse Festival scheduled for 2020 has been canceled
  • Summersville Lighthouse Festival Pageant for 2020 postponed until further notice
  • Webster County Woodchopping Festival
  • Suspended for 2020
  • Elimination Dinner – postponed – possibility of re-scheduling
  • Woof Fest
  • Event Date: Rescheduled for October 18, 2020
  • WV Chocolate Festival
  • Events postponed until May 16
  • WV Memorial Day Parade
  • The 153rd annual West Virginia Memorial Day parade has been cancelled. This event was to take place on Memorial Day, May 25th, 2020. West Virginia Memorial Day Committee is planning a non-public observance on Memorial Day.  In the event State mandates are lifted, for social gatherings, the public may be notified about the committee’s contingency plans.
  • WV Strawberry Festival
  • Has postponed the Queens Pageants this weekend (March 21 & 22)
  • The Board of Directors has voted to to postpone all activities and events related to the 79th WV Strawberry Festival to May 2021
  • WV Sweetheart Festival
  • Original Date: April 4, 2020
  • Re-scheduled Date: May 9, 2020
  • WV Three Rivers Festival
  • Re-scheduled Date: June 11-13, 2020
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Have you seen the Fresno Fire Department Display l Have you seen the Fresno Fire Department Display located on the first floor of the Fresno County Historical Museum? 🚒👨‍🚒👩‍🚒Discover some cool artifacts like the helmet from the first appointed Fire Chief, James A. Ward, dating back to 1902! You’ll also find an 1887 Hand Pumping Horse Carriage Unit, a Firefighter suit from 1928 and so much more!

Help keep Fresno County history alive by donating to the Fresno County Historical Museum! All museum donations go through Friends of The Big Fresno Fair, our non-profit Foundation. This award-winning Museum is a place where generations of Valley residents can visit (for free!), reflect and learn about key events in our Valley’s history! To donate and support >> http://bit.ly/DonateFOF
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#2020BFF #BigFresnoFair #FresnoFair #FresnoFairgrounds #BigTimesAreBack #WeAreHere #FairStrong #StayHealthyHappyHopeful #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #FresnoFireDepartment

Have you seen the Fresno Fire Department Display located on the first floor of the Fresno County Historical Museum? 🚒👨‍🚒👩‍🚒Discover some cool artifacts like the helmet from the first appointed Fire Chief, James A. Ward, dating back to 1902! You’ll also find an 1887 Hand Pumping Horse Carriage Unit, a Firefighter suit from 1928 and so much more!

Help keep Fresno County history alive by donating to the Fresno County Historical Museum! All museum donations go through Friends of The Big Fresno Fair, our non-profit Foundation. This award-winning Museum is a place where generations of Valley residents can visit (for free!), reflect and learn about key events in our Valley’s history! To donate and support >> http://bit.ly/DonateFOF
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Who loves a good Ferris wheel ride? 🙋🏻‍♀️🎡#sdstatefair #fairstrong #carnival ...

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SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - Moore Home Servi SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - Moore Home Services 

While we are sad that we cannot have a Fair this year, we want to make sure that we continue to support our amazing Commercial Vendors!  People LOVE to come shopping at the Fair, and so we will be spotlighting some of your favorites from the Fair

Today we are Featuring:  Moore Home Services

As a local, family-owned company backed by more than 100 years of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing leadership experience, we offer a 12-month satisfaction guarantee, with a lifetime guarantee on workmanship. We serve all of the North Bay – Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. In 2020, we were named one of the “Top 100 Best Places To Work” by the North Bay Business Journal. Recently, we appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for the fifth year in a row. Moore has won multiple Angie’s List Super Service Awards for its commitment to excellence. Our factory-trained plumbing and HVAC experts are licensed, bonded, insured, and Diamond Certified with 20+ years of experience. Additionally, many of our technicians are NATE Certified (North American Technician Excellence), as well as EPA Certified to handle refrigerant. As always, our promise to you is that all of our services are 100% right … or 100% freeSM!

Check out the vendor at their website https://www.moorehomeservices.com/

Happy Shopping! 
#fairstrong #sonomacountyfair #vendorspotlight

SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - Moore Home Services

While we are sad that we cannot have a Fair this year, we want to make sure that we continue to support our amazing Commercial Vendors! People LOVE to come shopping at the Fair, and so we will be spotlighting some of your favorites from the Fair

Today we are Featuring: Moore Home Services

As a local, family-owned company backed by more than 100 years of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing leadership experience, we offer a 12-month satisfaction guarantee, with a lifetime guarantee on workmanship. We serve all of the North Bay – Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. In 2020, we were named one of the “Top 100 Best Places To Work” by the North Bay Business Journal. Recently, we appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for the fifth year in a row. Moore has won multiple Angie’s List Super Service Awards for its commitment to excellence. Our factory-trained plumbing and HVAC experts are licensed, bonded, insured, and Diamond Certified with 20+ years of experience. Additionally, many of our technicians are NATE Certified (North American Technician Excellence), as well as EPA Certified to handle refrigerant. As always, our promise to you is that all of our services are 100% right … or 100% freeSM!

Check out the vendor at their website https://www.moorehomeservices.com/

Happy Shopping!
#fairstrong #sonomacountyfair #vendorspotlight
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#WVAFFSTRONG
Thank you to the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals for the opportunity to continue my reign. Due to the global pandemic, known as COVID-19, a majority of the Fairs and Festivals across West Virginia for the 2020 season, including the State Fair of West Virginia resulted in cancellations.

Working in conjunction with the Governor’s Guidlines I was still very blessed to travel 5,224 miles across this Wild and Wonderful State.

I will continue to serve as Queen of the Association for the 2021 Fairs and Festivals season.
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Industry Organizations supporting one another! Cam Industry Organizations supporting one another!
Cameron Murray, UCA-Debbie Powers, OABA and Jody Conklin, UCA! #fairstrong#uca2020#OABA

Industry Organizations supporting one another!
Cameron Murray, UCA-Debbie Powers, OABA and Jody Conklin, UCA! #fairstrong#uca2020#OABA
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Happy Monday everyone! Flavors of the Fair is back Happy Monday everyone! Flavors of the Fair is back, November 5-8 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds! In addition to all of your favorite food vendors listed below, we are excited to bring you Steak Tips! Don't forget, this event is FREE to the public, along with FREE parking. We invite you and your family to enjoy a picnic by the lake with your favorite fair foods. Enjoy lunch with your friends, dinner with the family, and a sweet dessert to take home! We can't wait to see you, November 5-8! #flavorsofthefair #FairStrong #gnf2020

Happy Monday everyone! Flavors of the Fair is back, November 5-8 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds! In addition to all of your favorite food vendors listed below, we are excited to bring you Steak Tips! Don't forget, this event is FREE to the public, along with FREE parking. We invite you and your family to enjoy a picnic by the lake with your favorite fair foods. Enjoy lunch with your friends, dinner with the family, and a sweet dessert to take home! We can't wait to see you, November 5-8! #flavorsofthefair #FairStrong #gnf2020 ...

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SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - Principal Financ SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - Principal Financial Group

While we are sad that we cannot have a Fair this year, we want to make sure that we continue to support our amazing Commercial Vendors!  People LOVE to come shopping at the Fair, and so we will be spotlighting some of your favorites from the Fair

Today we are Featuring:  Principal Financial Group

We are Principal Financial Group®. We help people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being.

Check out the vendor at their website https://www.principal.com/

Happy Shopping! 
#fairstrong #sonomacountyfair #vendorspotlight

SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - Principal Financial Group

While we are sad that we cannot have a Fair this year, we want to make sure that we continue to support our amazing Commercial Vendors! People LOVE to come shopping at the Fair, and so we will be spotlighting some of your favorites from the Fair

Today we are Featuring: Principal Financial Group

We are Principal Financial Group®. We help people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being.

Check out the vendor at their website https://www.principal.com/

Happy Shopping!
#fairstrong #sonomacountyfair #vendorspotlight
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Be patient with our Clean Team as they take the ti Be patient with our Clean Team as they take the time to keep you safe!
#FairStrong #FairFamily #TeamReithoffer

Be patient with our Clean Team as they take the time to keep you safe!
#FairStrong #FairFamily #TeamReithoffer
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We're taking time this year to have a look back at We're taking time this year to have a look back at our history. Each week we are telling the story of one of the past presidents of the IPE, as a way to celebrate our 121 years. Our past presidents series is proudly presented by valleyfirst. Enjoy this #flashbackfriday.

⬇️ This week: Mr. A.W. Hyndman 1970 - 1971 ⬇️

Light horses were Alan Hyndman’s area of interest. He was very involved in the light horse business, owning a ranch where he raised them. Mr. Hyndman was also a hay dealer. At the time of his presidency Mr. Hyndman and his wife resided in Penticton. They moved and made their home in Summerland. To add to his qualifications, Mr. Hyndman became an accredited light horse judge. For all his time and energy put towards the fair, Mr. Hyndman was made a life member of the association. Mr. Hyndman has since passed away.

#bcfairs #fairsharecanada #fairstrong #armstrongipe #armstrongfair

We're taking time this year to have a look back at our history. Each week we are telling the story of one of the past presidents of the IPE, as a way to celebrate our 121 years. Our past presidents series is proudly presented by valleyfirst. Enjoy this #flashbackfriday.

⬇️ This week: Mr. A.W. Hyndman 1970 - 1971 ⬇️

Light horses were Alan Hyndman’s area of interest. He was very involved in the light horse business, owning a ranch where he raised them. Mr. Hyndman was also a hay dealer. At the time of his presidency Mr. Hyndman and his wife resided in Penticton. They moved and made their home in Summerland. To add to his qualifications, Mr. Hyndman became an accredited light horse judge. For all his time and energy put towards the fair, Mr. Hyndman was made a life member of the association. Mr. Hyndman has since passed away.

#bcfairs #fairsharecanada #fairstrong #armstrongipe #armstrongfair
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SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - The Bath Biz Wh SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - The Bath Biz

While we are sad that we cannot have a Fair this year, we want to make sure that we continue to support our amazing Commercial Vendors!  People LOVE to come shopping at the Fair, and so we will be spotlighting some of your favorites from the Fair

Today we are Featuring:  The Bath Biz 

Family owned and operated Bathroom Company! We take pride in our Customer Service, and Quality Installations!

Check out the vendor at their website http://www.bathlinersdirect.com/

Happy Shopping! 
#fairstrong #sonomacountyfair #vendorspotlight

SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - The Bath Biz

While we are sad that we cannot have a Fair this year, we want to make sure that we continue to support our amazing Commercial Vendors! People LOVE to come shopping at the Fair, and so we will be spotlighting some of your favorites from the Fair

Today we are Featuring: The Bath Biz

Family owned and operated Bathroom Company! We take pride in our Customer Service, and Quality Installations!

Check out the vendor at their website http://www.bathlinersdirect.com/

Happy Shopping!
#fairstrong #sonomacountyfair #vendorspotlight
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 #adamscountyfair  #2021 #fairstrong #country #countrymusic #countyfair #concert #summer #fair #rodeoqueen #music #boots  #spookyseason #4h #summerevents #livemusic #denver #colorado #countryconcert  #pbr #pumpkin #western #cowboy #denvermusic  #summer #countryboy #halloween #westernlife #tbt

A baby queen and a big 🎃






#adamscountyfair #2021 #fairstrong #country #countrymusic #countyfair #concert #summer #fair #rodeoqueen #music #boots #spookyseason #4h #summerevents #livemusic #denver #colorado #countryconcert #pbr #pumpkin #western #cowboy #denvermusic #summer #countryboy #halloween #westernlife #tbt
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SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - System Pavers W SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - System Pavers

While we are sad that we cannot have a Fair this year, we want to make sure that we continue to support our amazing Commercial Vendors!  People LOVE to come shopping at the Fair, and so we will be spotlighting some of your favorites from the Fair

Today we are Featuring:  System Pavers  systempavers 

If you're looking for top-quality interlocking paving stone driveways, walkways, patios, or pool decking, System Pavers is your one stop service to redesign your outdoor living space into your own personal oasis. We offer a 25-year workmanship warranty on all paver jobs, a 30-day satisfaction warranty, and a 10-year workmanship warranty on all turf projects. Our custom design services and product installation will add value and beauty to your home for years to come. Find your local System Pavers office now to get your free at-home consultation at www.systempavers.com!

Check out the vendor at their website https://systempavers.com/

Happy Shopping! 
#fairstrong #sonomacountyfair #vendorspotlight

SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - System Pavers

While we are sad that we cannot have a Fair this year, we want to make sure that we continue to support our amazing Commercial Vendors! People LOVE to come shopping at the Fair, and so we will be spotlighting some of your favorites from the Fair

Today we are Featuring: System Pavers systempavers

If you're looking for top-quality interlocking paving stone driveways, walkways, patios, or pool decking, System Pavers is your one stop service to redesign your outdoor living space into your own personal oasis. We offer a 25-year workmanship warranty on all paver jobs, a 30-day satisfaction warranty, and a 10-year workmanship warranty on all turf projects. Our custom design services and product installation will add value and beauty to your home for years to come. Find your local System Pavers office now to get your free at-home consultation at http://www.systempavers.com!

Check out the vendor at their website https://systempavers.com/

Happy Shopping!
#fairstrong #sonomacountyfair #vendorspotlight
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Congratulations Cassie Cantrell on being named Gra Congratulations Cassie Cantrell on being named Grand Champion Breeding Gilt during the 2020 Georgia National Fair Livestock Show! We are excited for you and your family on this big win!! #theshowgoeson #livestockchampion #fairstrong #youthlivestock

Congratulations Cassie Cantrell on being named Grand Champion Breeding Gilt during the 2020 Georgia National Fair Livestock Show! We are excited for you and your family on this big win!! #theshowgoeson #livestockchampion #fairstrong #youthlivestock ...

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Day 9 of Drive-Thru Eats presented by Toyota is ha Day 9 of Drive-Thru Eats presented by Toyota is happening now! We are overwhelmed with joy to see all the smiling faces of those who have come out to support Drive-Thru Eats! Tomorrow is the last day to check it out before it’s all gone! Don’t miss your chance in indulge in your Fair Food favorites, PLUS enjoy live music and entertainment.

Remember, it’s FREE to attend! Weekend hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Cinnamon Rolls open early at 9 a.m.! 

Drive a Toyota? Get into the Fast Pass lane for free! To be eligible, the vehicle MUST display the Toyota badge. Affiliated car brands do not qualify for this promotion.

Or you can purchase a Fast Pass for $50 (and let us tell you it is worth it!). All sales go to support the Fair’s non-profit foundation. Details at www.FresnoFair.com/Drive-Thru-Eats. 

Don’t wait! The last day of Drive-Thru Eats is Sun, Oct 18!
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#2020BFF #BigFresnoFair #FresnoFair #FresnoFairgrounds #BigTimesAreBack #WeAreHere #FairStrong #DriveThruEats #VirtualFair

Day 9 of Drive-Thru Eats presented by Toyota is happening now! We are overwhelmed with joy to see all the smiling faces of those who have come out to support Drive-Thru Eats! Tomorrow is the last day to check it out before it’s all gone! Don’t miss your chance in indulge in your Fair Food favorites, PLUS enjoy live music and entertainment.

Remember, it’s FREE to attend! Weekend hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Cinnamon Rolls open early at 9 a.m.!

Drive a Toyota? Get into the Fast Pass lane for free! To be eligible, the vehicle MUST display the Toyota badge. Affiliated car brands do not qualify for this promotion.

Or you can purchase a Fast Pass for $50 (and let us tell you it is worth it!). All sales go to support the Fair’s non-profit foundation. Details at http://www.FresnoFair.com/Drive-Thru-Eats.

Don’t wait! The last day of Drive-Thru Eats is Sun, Oct 18!
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savemart foodmaxx toyotausa table.mountain.casino outfrontmediausa xfinity coorslight
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#2020BFF #BigFresnoFair #FresnoFair #FresnoFairgrounds #BigTimesAreBack #WeAreHere #FairStrong #DriveThruEats #VirtualFair
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SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - Scootaround Whi SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - Scootaround

While we are sad that we cannot have a Fair this year, we want to make sure that we continue to support our amazing Commercial Vendors!  People LOVE to come shopping at the Fair, and so we will be spotlighting some of your favorites from the Fair

Today we are Featuring:  Scootaround  scootaround 

Scootaround is the world's leading mobility enhancement company providing scooter and wheelchair rentals and airline-related mobility equipment repair services in over 1500 locations throughout North America.

Check out the vendor at their website https://scootaround.com/en

Happy Shopping! 
#fairstrong #sonomacountyfair #vendorspotlight

SCF-Commercial Vendor Spotlight - Scootaround

While we are sad that we cannot have a Fair this year, we want to make sure that we continue to support our amazing Commercial Vendors! People LOVE to come shopping at the Fair, and so we will be spotlighting some of your favorites from the Fair

Today we are Featuring: Scootaround scootaround

Scootaround is the world's leading mobility enhancement company providing scooter and wheelchair rentals and airline-related mobility equipment repair services in over 1500 locations throughout North America.

Check out the vendor at their website https://scootaround.com/en

Happy Shopping!
#fairstrong #sonomacountyfair #vendorspotlight
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We're taking time this year to have a look back at We're taking time this year to have a look back at our history. Each week we are telling the story of one of the past presidents of the IPE, as a way to celebrate our 121 years. Our past presidents series is proudly presented by valleyfirst. Enjoy this #throwbackthursday.

⬇️ This week: Dr. C.D. Newby 1968 - 1969 ⬇️

In 1933 Dr. Newby arrived  in the Kelowna area. From that time to 1961 Dr. Newby had a dental  practice. Though he had a dental profession, Dr. Newby also loved his hobby farm, on which he kept light horses. In 1956, he became president of the Kelowna and District Riding Club, which he was involved  in for many years. Not only was Dr. Newby involved in the riding club, but he was also a staunch supporter of the IPE.  He ran the light horse division before Lloyd LaLonde. Dr. David Cecil Newby has since passed.

#fairsharecanada #bcfairs #armstrongfair #armstrongipe #fairstrong

We're taking time this year to have a look back at our history. Each week we are telling the story of one of the past presidents of the IPE, as a way to celebrate our 121 years. Our past presidents series is proudly presented by valleyfirst. Enjoy this #throwbackthursday.

⬇️ This week: Dr. C.D. Newby 1968 - 1969 ⬇️

In 1933 Dr. Newby arrived in the Kelowna area. From that time to 1961 Dr. Newby had a dental practice. Though he had a dental profession, Dr. Newby also loved his hobby farm, on which he kept light horses. In 1956, he became president of the Kelowna and District Riding Club, which he was involved in for many years. Not only was Dr. Newby involved in the riding club, but he was also a staunch supporter of the IPE. He ran the light horse division before Lloyd LaLonde. Dr. David Cecil Newby has since passed.

#fairsharecanada #bcfairs #armstrongfair #armstrongipe #fairstrong
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