Morrison takes much away from OAAS convention - Feb. 21, 2019
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Brussels Fall Fair Ambassador Amanda Morrison has come away from the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) annual convention excited for the summer and with a whole host of new friends.
Morrison, along with several members of the Brussels Agricultural Society, attended the convention from Feb. 14-16 in Richmond Hill, saying that she learned a lot in those three days.
First, Morrison said that the OAAS decision to move the convention to Richmond Hill instead of its traditional location of the Royal York in Toronto was a good one in her opinion. She said it was a smaller space to navigate and it was simply a better setting for the seminars happening.
At the convention, Morrison said she was able to connect with over 80 other fall fair ambassadors from all over the province, many of whom she’s still corresponding with through social media days after the convention ended.
She said that the convention began on Valentine’s Day and all of the ambassadors gathered together for numerous ice-breaking activities so they could get to know one another.
Every night, she said, there was a hospitality suite and entertainment that ranged from country music bands to a Tragically Hip tribute act to a magician.
The next day, Morrison attended a number of seminars aimed at the ambassadors. The first focused on food as a tourism tool and how that fits in with Ontario’s fall fairs. She also learned about spreading the word about fall fairs through social media.
The ambassadors also participated in an agriculturally-focused scavenger hunt in the hotel that day.
Morrison said she had a great time at the convention and made plenty of friends with other ambassadors. She plans on keeping touch with them ahead of seeing them all again later this year when they all head to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) for their final competition.