Gail and Peter Huybers, reflect on their more than 30 years of involvement at the Halifax County Exhibition.
The Halifax County Exhibition Committee appreciates the support and time put in every year by the generous volunteers who give their time to guarantee the continued success of this agricultural exhibition.
Each year the committee tries to pick someone from a different area of the exhibition to receive the Fair Person of the Year award. For example, they look at past superintendents,long time exhibitors, or those involved with any livestock or home & garden exhibits are considered. Along with everybody else who is and has been involved in the exhibition, it is a difficult task to pick just one person to be honored. This year, we have chosen two people who have been attending and showing in our exhibition for over 30 years, Gail and Peter Huybers.
Gail and Peter started coming to the exhibition when their daughter started showing in 4H. At the same time, Gail began showing in the light horse classes. Now during the exhibition, you can often find Gail and Peter in the horse barn! Gail graciously donates her time each year to be the Light Horse Superintendent, organizing entries and working hours on end to make sure that the light horse classes run smoothly, all while competing in the classes herself! Peter has also been a huge help around the grounds, especially in the barn where he makes sure on a yearly basis that the stalls are ready for the many horses that will be housed during the week, and he is always there when you need something done!
"Seeing all of the kids showing their animals, and having fun!" remarks Gail as she thinks about their favourite part of the Exhibition, and what makes them continue to be involved. When asked what her favourite memory was, Gail took a second to reminisce in her many years of taking part in the exhibition, going over all of the memories from over the years before deciding. "I guess probably, the last year of Redfords Golden Boy showing, when they gave him the "Friend of the Ex" award after 25 years of showing at this exhibition. He went with his mother when they used to do the line classes – mares and foals."Gail and Peter will be officially recognized as the 2016 Halifax County Exhibition Fair Person of the Year during the Official Opening on August 17th, at 6:45pm.
Gail on Redfords Golden Boy
2015 - Clarie Hazel
2014 - Roberta Bellefontaine
2013 - John Dillman
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