From a news release
The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame has opened a new gallery in Guelph.
The doors were officially opened on April 29 during a celebration at the Ontario AgriCentre on Stone Road.
Over 75 visitors were welcomed to the open house and reception and invited to view the new gallery’s display featuring the seven current inductees, along with 20 previous inductees’ portraits and citations.
Many tried out the electronic kiosk where they were able to search and instantly find any of the 210 inductees.
Instructions for viewing all other original citations and artwork now preserved in the University of Guelph’s archives were provided.
In his welcoming remarks, OAHF President Barry Fraser shared that the association’s board was very excited to now call Guelph home, for the gallery. “The Ontario AgriCentre here in Guelph is a high profile, professional home for agriculture organizations and related companies,” said Fraser. “With the increased visibility, such easy access, and now aided by our new electronic kiosk, we are able to better profile and honour our past, current and future inductees.”
Dr. Malcolm Campbell, Vice President (Research) brought greetings from the University of Guelph. He noted that because many of the inductees were graduates of the University of Guelph, the gallery’s move to Guelph was really more like “coming home”.
Rob Hannam, President of the Ontario AgriCentre commented, “The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame (OAHF) gallery is a perfect fit for the Ontario AgriCentre which is home to many leading agricultural organizations and agribusinesses. We are very pleased that the Hall of Fame now resides here in Guelph.”
Councillor James Gordon was on hand to bring congratulations from the City of Guelph and to participate in the official ribbon cutting ceremony along with Barry Fraser, Rob Hannam, Peter Hannam and Dr. Campbell.
This year, five leaders will be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame on Sunday June 12, 2016 in the Gambrel Barn at Country Heritage Park in Milton. Tickets are now available for the induction ceremony on the website at www.oahf.on.ca.
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