Western Fair District is pleased and proud to serve as the home for the Middlesex County Agriculture Hall of Fame.
The Hall Of Fame is sponsored by Libro Financial Group.
January 28, 2016 - (London) – The Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame, founded in 2000, recognizes the history and tradition of agriculture in Middlesex County. The primary objective of the Agricultural Hall of Fame is to recognize those who have demonstrated unselfish achievements within the realm of agriculture and service to the rural community in Middlesex County and beyond. In 2016, Arthur Blashill, Dorinda Greenway and Kenneth Patterson will be honoured at a Hall of Fame Luncheon during the Western Fair Farm Show.
ARTHUR ERNEST BLASHILL (1876-1957)
Arthur was born in Watford on August 20th, 1876, and grew up in Delaware. Arthur worked on fencing and determined that he wanted to build his own machine for weaving wire fences. His machine shop was located in London and the first machine, sold in 1898 could weave 600 lineal feet of fence per day. Arthur was granted a number of patents in Canada and the US. While selling 1500 machines each year, he continued to improve on them. The London Fence Machine Company was both owned and managed by Arthur for 8 years. Throughout his career he sold fence weaving machines in North America, England, Ireland, South Africa and Australia.
DORINDA GREENWAY (born in 1920)
Dorinda was born and raised in London, Ontario. She is an accomplished equestrian and an international horse show judge. In February 1948, Dorinda was a founder and continues to be a patron of the London Pony Club. Dorinda has been an active member on committees of the Western Fair, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair as well as Canadian and international equestrian federations and teams. Today, she can still be found riding, continually sharing her passion and vast knowledge gained through decades of experience.
KENNETH BROWN PATTERSON (1917-2014)
Kenneth was born in Middlesex County and grew up on a farm near Strathroy. He was involved with many organizations: the Middlesex Soil & Crop Improvement Association, Middlesex and Ontario Federations of Agriculture, as well as the Middlesex Canning Crop Growers Association. Kenneth participated in a number of committees such as the Ontario Crop Insurance Arbitration Board, Fanshawe College Agriculture Advisory Board, Ontario Grain Corn Council and the Eastern Canada Grain Standards Committee. He led trade & research missions to the US and around the world, as well as lectured at educational meetings across Ontario.
The induction ceremony will be held in the Carousel Room (Slots Building, 2nd Level) at the Western Fair District on Wednesday March 2nd, 2016 at 11:30am. For tickets or further information please contact Hugh Fletcher at (519) 666-1572. The portraits of these individuals will be displayed with the Middlesex Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees in the lobby of the Western Fair District Metroland Media Agriplex.
For More Information Contact:
Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame
Hugh Fletcher, Chair
Lucia Lilbourne, Coordinator
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Cuddy, Alfred McInroy
|Broadwell, Charles E.||2007||Biography|
|Earley, George Graham||2007||Biography|
|Edwards, Alice Catherine||2009||Biography|
|Riddell, William Keith||2000||Biography|
|Stewart, William Atcheson||2000||Biography|
|Grieve, William Richard||2001||Biography|
|Hutton, Ken and Dora||2001||Biography|
|Laidlaw, George Wallace||2001||Biography|
|Hughes, John (Bert)||2002||Biography|
|Whale, I. B.||2002||Biography|
|Long, Gerry and Renie||2003||Biography|
|Frank, William C.||2008||Biography|
|Guest, Emily Jane||2005||Biography|
|Hardy, Clarence Alfred||2005||Biography|
|Patrick, Joseph H||2008||Biography|
|Pretty, Dr. Kenneth||2007||Biography|
|Robson, Tom E||2006||Biography|
|Saunders, Sir Charles Edward||2004||Biography|
|Shore, Hardy & Robert “Bob”||2008||Biography|
|Stewart, Alex M. & John A.||2006||Biography|
|Switzer, Dr. Clayton||2009||Biography|
|Zavitz, Dr. Charles||2010||Biography|
|Prestage, Robert “Bob” A.||2010||Biography|
|Carling, Sir John||2012||Biography|
|Beck, Sir Adam||2013||Biography|
|The Herbert Family (Bill, Ruth & Jack)||2013||Biography|
|T. Alex Edwards||2014||Biography|