Markham Fair successes highlighted at annual meeting

Successful highlights of the 2023 Markham Fair were shared at the 2024 annual meeting recently.

And successful it was, rebounding beyond a COVID-19 cancellation in 2021 and a band-aid replacement in 2022.

Under the leadership of president Chris Reesor, a resilient executive was strongly supported by more than 800 volunteers and four sunny days.

During the four-day period, the Fair welcomed close to 54,000 visitors and established an overall profit of $307,000 in addition to a substantial rental return.

Finance chair Leanne Tummon said: “In total, the combined income from the General and Capital Funds for the year is a very respectable $250,000 compared to $238,000 in 2022. Let’s hope for a repeat in 2024.”

Reesor praised the Fair’s board of directors for their leadership and support. He described his personal experience as “amazing.”

In his remarks he also commended the Fair’s new general manager Bruce Mackenzie.

“Bruce,” he said “has brought a wealth of structure to our organization.”

This year’s president is Scott Redshaw of Stouffville. Redshaw,29, brings to the presidency, Board experience spanning 20 years.

“Since way back in kindergarten, the position of Fair president has been my goal,” Redshaw stated, “this year that goal has been reached.”

Rogers Gardham, a long-time Fair supporter and president in 1977, closed out the meeting in traditional fashion by citing the excellence with which the Fair had recovered and volunteers for their achievement. He was enthusiastically applauded.

Fair dates for 2024 are Oct. 2 to 6.

*Story submitted by Jim Thomas.    

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