ABOUT THE LAS
ABOUT THE LAS
The lindsay agricultural society is a not-for-profit, charitable organization operated with the support of 
The Lindsay Agricultural Society is a not-for-profit, charitable organization operated with the support of 
Our Vibrant Community
Donations
And vOLUNTEERS
Our Vibrant Community
Donations
And vOLUNTEERS

The Lindsay Agricultural Society (LAS) was formed in 1854 for the purpose of encouraging an awareness of agriculture and promoting improvements in the quality of life of persons living in the local agricultural community and beyond.

Throughout the society’s 167 years, it has remained loyal to its mandate, consistently promoting the agricultural community and forging ties through the region with service clubs, youth groups, and other organizations.

The LAS annually hosts the Lindsay Exhibition, the fourth-largest agricultural fair in Ontario. The new LAS facilities have hosted numerous other shows and events including prestigious livestock shows, agricultural specialty shows, home and craft shows, trade shows and consumer shows; all of which add strength to the fabric of the community and agricultural life.

The goal of the Lindsay Agricultural Society is to present agriculture in a manner that is both educational and entertaining to the rural and urban population.

Facts

LAS VISION & STRATEGIC PILLARS

LAS VISION & STRATEGIC PILLARS

Who is the las?

Board Members

Dr. Lois Batty

President

Bev Fisher

1st Vice President

Jack Kyle

2nd Vice President

Evan Craft

Secretary/Treasurer

Suzanne Barker

Board Director

Sarah Beggs

Board Director

Isaac Breadner

Board Director

Candace Buckley

Board Director

Brian Burke

Board Director

Christine English

Board Director

Richard Gosling

Board Director

Dave McMorrow

Board Director

Kathy Moor

Board Director

Tricia Staples

Board Director

Larry Todd

Board Director

 

Dr. Lois Batty

President

Bev Fisher

1st Vice President

Jack Kyle

2nd Vice President

Evan Craft

Secretary/Treasurer

 

Suzanne Barker

Board Director

Sarah Beggs

Board Director

Isaac Breadner

Board Director

Candace Buckley

Board Director

Brian Burke

Board Director

Christine English

Board Director

Richard Gosling

Board Director

Dave McMorrow

Board Director

Kathy Moor

Board Director

Tricia Staples

Board Director

Larry Todd

Board Director

 

LAS Staff

Harry Stoddart

General Manager

His name might be at the top of the org chart but he knows who really runs the place (Hint: it’s not him). Harry joined the team at the LEX in 2016 after long careers in farming and management consulting. Harry’s role is to provide leadership to the team of staff and volunteers and manage the day-to-day operations of the LEX.

Shanice Sproule

Project Manager

When Shanice joined the LAS team, she told us she would be here for a year…that was in 2019. We’re thrilled she’s stuck around this long and we gave her a shiny new title in 2021 in hopes that may entice her to stay a little longer. If you’ve ever needed an answer on events, on-going projects, or anything LEX related, chances you’ve talked to Shanice!

Don Hughes

Volunteer Co-ordinator
Don is responsible for the organization and co-ordination of the multitude of volunteers that the support the various aspects of the LEX. We  rely heavily on volunteers and Don’s role is to ensure that the time volunteers give to the LAS is coordinated to maximize satisfaction and enjoyment for the volunteer, while also ensuring benefit to the LAS.

Shelley Solomon

Finance Administrator

Shelley is responsible for anything related to our finances; whether the money is flowing in or flowing out, the paperwork crosses Shelley’s desk and magically ends up correctly filed. If you’ve been paid by us, chances are, Shelley cut the cheque. If you haven’t been paid yet… chances are the paperwork is still “filed” on Harry’s desk.

Matthew Searles

Head Groundskeeper

Matt joined the team as the new Head Groundskeeper in May of 2021 and hit the ground running. If the lights are on at the LAS grounds, chances are Matt is on the job, keeping everything outside the office (and inside too) running smoothly! If you’re a show organizer, a vendor, a volunteer, or a LEX competitor, chances are you’ll need Matt’s helping hand at some point. Be sure to give him a wave as he flies by on whatever piece of equipment he happens to be on!

Crystal King

Groundskeeper

Crystal joined the LAS team in June of 2021. Prior to working with us, Crystal had been responsible for more than 1,000 kids…goat kids that is (we had to!) She enjoys working outside and was looking for a change and boy are we happy she found us! Chances are, if you see Matt, Crystal isn’t far behind!

Harry Stoddart

General Manager

His name might be at the top of the org chart but he knows who really runs the place (Hint: it’s not him). Harry joined the team at the LEX in 2016 after long careers in farming and management consulting. Harry’s role is to provide leadership to the team of staff and volunteers and manage the day-to-day operations of the LEX.

Shanice Sproule

Project Manager

When Shanice joined the LAS team, she told us she would be here for a year…that was in 2019. We’re thrilled she’s stuck around this long and we gave her a shiny new title in 2021 in hopes that may entice her to stay a little longer. If you’ve ever needed an answer on events, on-going projects, or anything LEX related, chances you’ve talked to Shanice!

Shelley Solomon

Finance Administrator

Shelley is responsible for anything related to our finances; whether the money is flowing in or flowing out, the paperwork crosses Shelley’s desk and magically ends up correctly filed. If you’ve been paid by us, chances are, Shelley cut the cheque. If you haven’t been paid yet… chances are the paperwork is still “filed” on Harry’s desk.

Don Hughes

Volunteer Co-ordinator
Don is responsible for the organization and co-ordination of the multitude of volunteers that the support the various aspects of the LEX. We  rely heavily on volunteers and Don’s role is to ensure that the time volunteers give to the LAS is coordinated to maximize satisfaction and enjoyment for the volunteer, while also ensuring benefit to the LAS.

Matthew Searles

Head Groundskeeper

Matt joined the team as the new Head Groundskeeper in May of 2021 and hit the ground running. If the lights are on at the LAS grounds, chances are Matt is on the job, keeping everything outside the office (and inside too) running smoothly! If you’re a show organizer, a vendor, a volunteer, or a LEX competitor, chances are you’ll need Matt’s helping hand at some point so be sure to give him a wave as he flies by on whatever piece of equipment he happens to be on!

Crystal King

Groundskeeper

Crystal joined the LAS team in June of 2021. Prior to working with us, Crystal had been responsible for more than 1,000 kids…goat kids that is (we had to!) She enjoys working outside and was looking for a change and boy are we happy she found us! Chances are, if you see Matt, Crystal isn’t far behind!

the COMMITTEES

the COMMITTEES

AG AWARENESS

Committee Chair:

Jack Kyle

This committee is responsible for providing agriculture education programming at the LEX and organizes other events throughout the year that focus on delivering accessible agriculture education to the community.

COMMUNITY BONDS

Committee Co-Chair:

Chris English & Isaac Breadner

The Community Bonds committee was created in 2021 to manage Project Prosper and the community bonds investment raise in order to build the KOA campground on the LAS grounds.

HOMECRAFT

Committee Chair:

Suzanne Barker

The Homecraft committee is responsible for organizing the Homecraft competition at the LEX each year.

MARKET LIVESTOCK

Committee Chair:

Dr. Lois Batty

The Market Livestock committee is responsible for organizing the Market Livestock Show & Sale at the LEX each year. This committee has representatives from each of the species committees that are represented at the show, in addition to other local meat producers.

SPOTLIGHT ON AGRICULTURE

Committee Chair:

Robin Brown

The Spotlight on Agriculture committee is responsible for organizing the Spotlight on Agriculture Awards Gala that is held annually. This event recognizes excellence in agriculture within the local community

AG PRODUCTS

Committee Chair:

Lisa Bowen

The Agriculture Products committee is responsible for organizing the Ag Products competition at the LEX each year.

CRAFT SHOW

Committee Chair:

Suzanne Barker

The Craft Show committee is responsible for organizing the LEX Craft Marketplace & Gift Show held at the LEX grounds in August each year.

HORSE PULL

Committee Chair:

Tom Harrison

The Horse Pull committee is responsible for organizing the Horse Pull competition at the LEX each year.

MERRY & BRIGHT FESTIVAL

Committee Chair:

Candace Buckley

This committee was formed out of the Parade committee in 2020 after organizing the first Merry & Bright Festival. The Merry & Bright Festival was first hosted in 2020 as a way to provide a fundraising opportunity for the LAS and four additional partner organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This event has since been adopted as an annual event.

TASTE OF KAWARTHA

Committee Chair:

Jack Kyle

The Taste of Kawartha committee is a Ag Awareness sub-committee. This committee is responsible for organizing the Taste of Kawartha event for local grade 3 students. This event aims to educate students on the importance of agriculture by bringing multiple commodity groups together for one event that provides ag ed that is aligned with the grade 3 school curriculum.

AMBASSADOR OF THE FAIR

Committee co-Chairs:

Tricia Staples

The Ambassador of the Fair committee is responsible for organizing the Ambassador of the Fair competition at the LEX each year.

DAIRY (HOLSTEIN)

Committee Chair:

Jason Millen

The Dairy committee is responsible for organizing the Holstein competition at the LEX each year.

HORTICULTURE

Committee Chair:

Evelyn Chambers

The Horticulture committee is responsible for organizing the Horticulture competition at the LEX each year.

MILKING SHORTHORNS

Committee Chair:

Ryan Barrett

The Milking Shorthorn committee is responsible for organizing the National Milking Shorthorn Show at the LEX each year.

TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL

Committee Chair:

Joan Swain

The Truck & Tractor Pull committee is responsible for organizing the Truck & Tractor Pull at the LEX each year.

Boy & Boot Project Committee (adhoc)

Committee Chair:

Dick Karelsen

This committee was formed for the purpose of installing the commemorative WWII statue called “The Boy and the Boot”  on the island in front of the LEX Office.

DAIRY GOAT

Committee Chair:

Natalie Mitchell

The Dairy Goat committee is responsible for organizing the Dairy Goat competition at the LEX each year.

HUNTER JUMPER

Committee Chair:

Melanie Stainton

The Hunter Jumper committee is responsible for organizing the Hunter Jumper Show at the LEX each year.

LEX PARADE

Committee Chair:

Adam Hayward

The Parade Committee is responsible for organizing and facilitating the LEX parade each year. The parade takes place on Opening Day of the Lindsay Exhibition.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

Committee Chair:

Evelyn Chambers

The Volunteer Recognition committee is responsible for organizing the Volunteer Appreciation event each year, in addition to ensuring volunteers are appropriately acknowledged for their service, keeping track of volunteers at each event, and ensuring their years of service are tracked accurately. This committee also oversees the selection of the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.

Beef

Committee Chair:

Michael Ormiston

The Beef committee is responsible for organizing the Beef competitions at the LEX each year.

Fundraising

Committee Chair:

Isaac Breadner

This committee was formed in 2020 with the goal of ensuring the LAS had sufficient financial support from the community to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

JUNIOR ARTS & CRAFTS

Committee Chair:

Garry Schubert

The Junior Arts committee is responsible for organizing the Junior Arts & Crafts competition at the LEX each year.

POULTRY

Committee Chair:

Leanne Ashton

The Poultry committee is responsible for organizing the Poultry Show & Sale at the LEX each year.

CAMPGROUND

Committee Chair:

Len Dawson

The Campground committee is responsible for overseeing the KOA Campground project at the LEX. This committee meets frequently throughout the year.

HEAVY HORSE

Committee Chair:

Steven Norris

The Heavy Horse committee is responsible for organizing the Heavy Horse Show at the LEX each year.

LIGHT HORSE

Committee Chair:

Lynn Tompkins (Burkholder)

The Light Horse committee is responsible for organizing the Light Horse Show at the LEX each year.

SHEEP

Committee Chair:

Kattie Sims

The Sheep committee is responsible for organizing the Sheep Show at the LEX each year.

OUR CONTACT INFORMATION

705-324-5551

FAX: 705-324-8111

info@lindsayex.com

354 Angeline St. S., Lindsay, ON K9V 4R2

705-324-5551

FAX: 705-324-8111

info@lindsayex.com

354 Angeline St. S., Lindsay, ON K9V 4R2

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