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DRAYTON - The 2017 Drayton Kinsmen Farm Show is filling in fast.

The 36th annual farm show, will be held on March 29th and 30th at the PMD Arena Complex in Drayton and is expected to draw record crowds.

Farming is constantly changing and our exhibitors bring with them the latest developments in the Ag business.  At the Drayton show you will meet the vendors that are actually doing the work ,not just some salesman . The true success of the Drayton Kinsmen Farm Show is that after 36 years its remains a Farm Show. No Kitchen Magicians or Sham Wow vendors.

I would like to invite you on Day 1 at 11am for the Mayors coffee break hosted by our Mapleton Mayor . A chance to hear first hand how important agriculture is to Mapleton.  

  The Kinsmen are thankful to the vendors and the community that make the show successful.

The show raises thousands for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, with $2.50 from every $5 admission fee going to the cause.

For 35 years now, the Drayton Kinsmen Farm Show has heralded the beginning of spring across this region. Farmers, those who work with them, and anyone who wants to check out the latest advancements in agriculture, annually turn out in large numbers. By all reports, the 2016 Farm Show on March 30 and 31 was a success once again, drawing an estimated 2,500 people to the PMD Arena Complex.

Through the efforts of the Kinsmen and the participation of exhibitors and the local community, the event has become the premier agricultural showcase in mid-western Ontario.

The economic impacts of the show are wide ranging, as it encourages support for local businesses and provides the Kinsmen with the means to contribute to a variety of community causes. The Cystic Fibrosis foundation also benefits, receiving $2.50 from every paid admission. The show also provides a great opportunity for area farmers to check out the latest services and technology, timed perfectly before they hit the fields for spring planting.

The show is a perfect fit with the agriculture-driven economy of this region and club members deserve all the accolades that come their way for the annual presentation of a top - caliber event.

DRAYTON - After a six-year hiatus, the Drayton Kinettes are back up and running in the community.  The original club started in 1974 with 15 members. At that time, ladies had to be the wife of a Kinsman to become a member.  The club ran until 2008 when a decline in membership caused it to fold.

In the fall of 2013 a group of ladies, with the support of the Kinsmen Club of Drayton, decided to start getting together and re-charter the Drayton Kinettes. The original stipulation of being a Kinsmen wife is no longer in place, although nearly half the 16 member club still fit the criteria.  

Kin Canada, the parent organization of the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs, has existed in Canada since 1920 when it was started in Hamilton. It is currently the largest Canadian service club with more than 500 clubs coast to coast and over 6,500 members.

Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs exist in many communities to help raise funds and support community events in addition to contributing much-needed funds to their national charity, Cystic Fibrosis Canada.  

In attendance at a charter night on May 23 were the original charter president, Mary Cherrey, vice-president, Barb Green, as well as past national presidents of Kin Canada, John Green and Bruce Lloyd.

Recognition of the new club and congratulations were sent from across Canada. The Kinettes would like to thank everyone who contributed to their charter night with donations and support.

“Mapleton is a great community to be coming into,” club officials state.

The Drayton Kinettes may only now be an official club, but they have been visible in the community since Christmas when they hosted an extremely successful toy drive for the Drayton Food Bank. Thanks to the community, the Kinettes were able to provide multiple toys to each child in need at Christmas. Another Kinette event took place on May 31, as they hosted a Mom2Mom sale at the old arena. Many treasures were bought and sold.

The Drayton Kinettes are always looking for members.  Ladies should be interested in serving their community, having a night out every few weeks and socializing with like-minded individuals. Meetings are at 7pm the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Kin Room. For more information on Kinettes, future projects or joining, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Kinettes state they look forward to continuing to enhance the community and raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

originally published in the Wellington Advertiser

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