August 17, 2020: Published on the Elgin County Archives Facebook page.
St. Thomas Times-Journal fonds - Historical Photographs of Aylmer file
1 photograph : b&w ; 13.5 x 15.5 cm
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Black and white photograph retained for reference by the St. Thomas Times-Journal showing the Aylmer Fair grounds, ca. 1902. This photograph was used on the cover of the Aylmer Fair program, September 7-11, 1903 (see "The Aylmer Fair, 1846-1982", p. 59).
Four black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published August 19, 1976 with captions:
"Hay King, Fair Queen- The 1976 Queen of the Aylmer Fair, Ethel Paupst, of RR 1, Aylmer, performs one of her first official duties by presenting Hay King of the fair, Ted Alden, of RR 7, Aylmer, with a silver tray." (54a)
"Queen And Runners Up- The Aylmer Fair Queen was crowned Wednesday night following opening ceremonies at the grandstand. Seated is Ethel Paupst, 22, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Paupst, of RR 1, Aylmer, sponsored by Col. Talbot Branch 81, Royal Canadian Legion, the 1976 Fair Queen. Standing are: (left) first runner-up Dorothy Jean Johnston, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Johnston, of 60 Sydenham Street, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus; and second runner-up Faith Barons, 20, daughter or Mr. and Mrs. Harley Barons, of 64 South Street, sponsored by the Optimist Club." (54b)
"Father, Son Among Winners- Lee Kent, RR 1, Aylmer, second from left and his son Jamie, were among winners of tobacco trophies Wednesday at opening day of the Aylmer Fair. Mike Davis, left, manager of the Aylmer branch of the Royal Bank of Canada, presented the youngster a silver tray for best single hand of tobacco, junior section (under 13). His father and Gaston Van Raes, right, of RR 1, Aylmer jointly won the Imperial Leaf Tobacco Trophy for most points in the tobacco show. The men work together on Mr. Van Raes' property, and were presented a silver tray by Don Wales, vice-president of Imperial Leaf Tobacco, second from right." (54c)
"Closer Look- Joyce Hill, president of the ladies' section of the Aylmer Fair and John Zadow, of St. Thomas, examine a house plant during a plant and flower exhibition at the fair Wednesday afternoon." (54d)
Black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published August 10, 1976 with caption: "Almost Time For The Aylmer Fair- The 120th Annual Aylmer and East Elgin Agricultural Society Fair is drawing near as the four-day event begins Aug. 18. Studying one of the many posters in the area are Daryl Ainsworth, 11, of 161 Rutherford Avenue, left, and Bob Frederick, 10, of 23 Moore Avenue."
Two black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published August 15, 1979 with captions:
"I Left My Wallet At Home- Some area Mennonites made use of a telephone pole just outside the Aylmer Fairgrounds yesterday, hitching their horses while they went to check out the fair preparations. No one was around to collect the buck or ticket the horses." (78a)
"Doing Homework With A Friend- Mark Hielpeh, 17, of RR 8, St. Thomas, reads up on the finer points of showing one's calf at a cattle competition. Meanwhile, the calf he will be showing at the Aylmer Fair, Weavale Topper, Denis Red, 11 months, provides company. Mark will be one of many area young people participating in the 4-H cattle competitions." (78b)
Black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published August 6, 1980 with caption: "Pick Of The Fair- Six of these seven lovely young ladies were under scrutiny yesterday evening by judges representing the Aylmer and East Elgin Agricultural Society to determine a successor to Miss 1979 Aylmer Fair, Miss Karin Neukamm. The three judges, Mrs. Anne Stansell, Aylmer's first Fair Queen in 1971, Joe Mennill, former director at the Ontario Police College, and Mrs. Bruce McMillan, past president of the Wallacetown Fair, will be judging the girls on poise, conduct, appearance and impromptu speech. Top row, left to right, are Miss Kinsmen Rita Neukamm, Miss Springfield Cary Ostrosser, Miss Aylmer Fair 1979 Karin Neukamm, Miss Aylmer Legion Sharon Boehm, Miss Port Burwell Shelley Magee. Bottom row, left to right, are Miss Aylmer Merchant Elaine Graham, Miss Springfield Lions Club Sue Johnston, Miss Malahide Fire Department No. 2 Vickie Thomas, Miss Aylmer Optimist Cathy Geraci."
Black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published August 18, 1958 with caption: "Preparing For The Fair- The Aylmer Fair Grounds was a busy place this morning as exhibitors and officials prepared to open the Annual Aylmer Fair. Here, three Elgin 4-H calf club members groom Fay, a Holstein calf owned by Glen Dufty of R.R. 5, St. Thomas, for the appearance before the judges with Donald Grieve, Elgin County assistant agriculture representative, taking interest in what they are doing. Around the calf are, left to right, Sandra Dufty, Richard McCaw, of R.R. 2, St. Thomas, Mr. Grieve, and Margaret Howe, of Aylmer."
Two black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published August 14, 1968 with captions:
"Aylmer Fair Opens- This morning the Aylmer Fair opened early with class competition in the dairy cattle barn. Many of the entries were handled by young members of area agricultural associations. Official opening ceremonies will be held at 7:30 o'clock tonight. The highlights of the grandstand show Friday night will be a performance by the 20-strong Good Company, a troupe currently appearing regularly on CBC television. The fair will run until Saturday. The Times-Journal has moved its Aylmer office to the fair for the four days." (26a) 4-H banner is visible.
"First In Canada- Mrs. Grace Frederick of RR 5, St. Thomas, poses with her entry for the new Pinto Stallion Class competition at the Aylmer Fair Saturday. Sponsored by the Ontario Pinto Paint Association, the first-in-Canada competition has just been anounced and is not included in the fair program. There are already eight known entries." (26b)
Five black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published August 15, 1969 with captions:
"Whoa, Brandy- When Brandy, a one-year-old St. Bernard, wants to eat, there's little anyone short of a wrestler can do to apply the breaks. However, six-year-old Timmy Kidder of Aylmer keeps trying. Brandy was one of the entries at Thursday's Aylmer Fair pet show. See page 6 for further fair pictures and results." (34a)
"Best Udder In The Show- Pioneer Citation Peachy Flo Excellent, owned by Forest Lee Farms, Ltd., was the grand champion Holstein female in the Elgin County Black and White Show, and also winner for the cow with the best udder award at the Aylmer Fair Thursday. She was shown by Bill Shively, Springfield." (34b)
"Enjoying The Fair- All the excitement, thrills, and awe of the bright midway lights are seconded by the sparkle of delight in Cindy's eyes as she thoroughly enjoys her candy floss and watches one of the brightly-lit midway rides. Three-year-old Cindy is the daughter of Mrs. Lana Vance of RR 5, St. Thomas." (34c)
"Grandstand Show- The Imperial Hell Drivers of Toronto put on their second show last night at the Aylmer Fair. The cars cross in front of each other at full throttle with only inches to spare between cars. Seen here is one of the cars being launched for a short two-wheel ride." (34d)
"Now Look, You Guys - Some midway rides were intended for little kids, and six-year-old Peter Rumble, of Kingsmill, says that this is one of them. The two 'big kids' are Dick Campbell, King Street, Aylmer, and Gord Smith, Rutherford Avenue, Aylmer." (34e)
Two black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published August 19, 1978 with captions:
"Museum Wins Award At Fair- Diane La Forge, 18, an employee of the Aylmer and District Museum, admires the ribbon presented for having the best commercial display in the opinion of the Aylmer Fair Queen Charlene Raynham. The ribbon was presented at the Aylmer Fair." (73a)
"Patti Pets Pepper- Pepper a three-month-old Hereford calf, was a big hit with Patti Enright, 5, of RR 1, Brownsville, who, while the judging was taking place in the Cattle Barn, took time out to examine the younger members of the herds displayed at the Aylmer Fair yesterday." (73b)
Four black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published August 15, 1980 with captions:
"Winning Teamwork- Marysa Snider and Rightly So have been a winning combination at the fair for the past three years. The fair is one of 11 competitions the duo will be in this summer." (89a)
"The Nutty Professor- Fair director Steven McEown and the white-coated Black Poland cock that took one of the first prizes in the poultry class. The long-haired chicken resembles TV's Nutty Professor and is owned by Mr. L. Underhill of Port Burwell." (89b)
"A Real Dummy!- This jack-in-the-box is actually a styrofoam dummy. His owner, Mrs. Dianne Lilley of RR 1, Dutton, dressed him up with icing and entered him in the London Farm Show. The judges thought he was just sweet and awarded his owner with first prize. Here, Mrs. Lilley exhibits him at the Aylmer Fair." (89c)
"High Flying Twosome- Even Flash Gordon probably started out this way before he made his legendary flight to visit far off places. But the Aylmer Fair was pretty down to earth for most and lots of fun. Above, Janet Wall, 3, and sister Judy, 5, go into orbit on the midway, which proved to be a popular place for youngsters." (89d)
Three black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published August 19, 1980 with captions:
"Queen's Choice Award- Vandenbrink Farm Equipment was awarded the Queen's Choice prize for having the best overall display at the Aylmer Fair held Aug 13-16. Shown above are, from left, Bruce Howe, first vice-president of the fair; Hank Vandenbrink, winner of the award; Sharon Boehm, queen of the fair; and John White, second vice-president of the fair." (92a)
"Championship Brothers- 1980 Elgin Dairy Princess Mary Lou VanKasteren poses with the Corinth 4-H overall points winners at the Aylmer Fair, Ted Empey, reserve champion (second from right), and brother Karl, overall and showmanship champion." (92b)
"Tractor Pull Power- The 12-cylinder engine that powers Old Yeller was originally designed for jets. The machine, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Masson of Princeton, currently holds first place in the Western Ont. Tractor Pullers Association and swept honors in the 5,500 pound modified class at Saturday's Aylmer Fair. Old Yeller is capable of speeds in the 65-mile-per-hour range and burned one gallon of jet fuel in the 30 seconds preceding the pull." (92c)