Hall Of Fame

Western Fair District is pleased and proud to serve as the home for the Middlesex County Agriculture Hall of Fame.

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.

A yearly induction ceremony is held every March.  For further information or to give ideas on who would be a good candidate please see contacts below.

The portraits of the Middlesex Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees are on display in the lobby of the Agriplex at Western Fair District. The Hall Of Fame is proudly sponsored by Libro Financial Group.  

For More Information Contact:
Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame

Hugh Fletcher, Chair
 (519) 666-1572

Lucia Lilbourne, Coordinator
 (519) 457-8444



The Campbell Family 

DUNCAN (1900-1992), RAY (1928-2007), JACK (1931-2012) & JOHN (born in 1955) CAMPBELL – The Campbell family, from the Ailsa Craig area is being recognized for three generations in a harness racing dynasty.  Beginning in the 1930s with a mare named Babe Grattan and continuing with generations of colts with the Argyel name.  The children of Duncan and Bernice; daughters Mary, Margaret, Pat and sons Jack and Ray were all involved in aspects of the    family’s accomplishments over the years.  Jack and Ray spent their childhood and adult years around horses and the sport.  In a September 1972 race, three generations of Campbells competed against each other and placed; Jack 1st, Dunc 4th and John 5th.  The family was involved in their small, farming community, in their church, Junior Famers and in bringing rural infrastructure to their area. One of Jack’s sons, John spent his childhood learning and loving the sport.  John travelled as a young boy with his father and grandfather to racetracks, continuing this into his high school year. In 1972 John earned his racetrack driver’s license at the age of 17.  Within a few years John made the move to Meadowlands in New Jersey, where his racing career became the success it is known for today.  This also where he met and married his wife, Paula and raised their three daughters.  John has won a Breeders Crown in his 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s, in a career that continued until as recently as 2017.  Each member and generation of the Campbell family has had an impact, from the horsemanship and breeding to training and driving success on the track.  They are recognized locally and internationally for these contributions to the racing industry.

Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell

Jack Campbell
Jack Campbell

John Campbell
John Campbell

JJ Johnson 

JOHN J. (J.J.) JOHNSON (1901-1989) – Known as J.J., John J. began his fulltime life on the farm after his father died in 1915.  He left school after grade ten to take on more responsibility, working on the family’s dairy farm and apple orchard with his uncles.  In 1923 J.J. purchased a warehouse building in the town of Parkhill near the tracks to be used as a location to pack and ship apples.  In addition to farming, J.J. began working for the Canadian Department of Agriculture in 1928, as the supervising inspector of fruit and vegetables in the area covering Middlesex, Lambton, Oxford, Elgin and Huron counties.  He would continue working for the department for the next 37 years.  He contributed to establishing the rutabaga farmers as well as the marketing of the Grand Bend Marsh vegetable farms.  In the early 1930s, J.J. joined other apple growers to start the Middlesex Growers Cooperative, providing cold storage in Strathroy and a successful marketing opportunity for them from 1931 until 1965.  During this time, the family farm was recognized as a prominent Holstein herd “Maple Grove”, started by J.J.’s father John W. in 1887, and continues today operated by J.J.’s grandsons; Pat and Kelly.  J.J. has always had a keen interest in his community and its history, as well as involvement in his church and cemetery board.  His contribution as a dairy farmer, as well as his work in developing fruit and vegetable cooperatives and marketing groups is being recognized with this nomination. 



Year Honoured

Cuddy, Alfred McInroy

  2000 Biography
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
Filson, Hugh   2002 Biography
Hughes, John (Bert)   2002 Biography
Whale, I. B.   2002 Biography
Dixon, Andrew   2003 Biography
Long, Gerry and Renie   2003 Biography
Twynstra, Peter   2003 Biography
Frank, William C.   2008 Biography
Gates, Marion   2006 Biography
Guest, Emily Jane   2005 Biography
Hardy, Clarence Alfred   2005 Biography
Lewis, Fred   2004 Biography
McDonald, David   2005 Biography
McGugan, Evan   2009 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
White, George   2004 Biography
Zavitz, Dr. Charles   2010 Biography
Prestage, Robert “Bob” A.   2010 Biography
Strybosch, John   2010 Biography
Ferguson, Ralph   2011 Biography
William, Weld   2011 Biography
Heard, Richard   2011 Biography
Bedggood, Robert   2012 Biography
Carling, Sir John   2012 Biography
Saunders, William   2012 Biography
Beck, Sir Adam   2013 Biography
The Herbert Family (Bill, Ruth & Jack)   2013 Biography
Seelster Farms and Van Bussel Family   2013 Biography
T. Alex Edwards   2014 Biography
Peter Lewington   2014 Biography
James Murby   2014 Biography
Tom Bradish    2015 Biography
Roy Jewell   2015 Biography

Arthur Blashill

  2016 Biography
Dorinda Greenway   2016 Biography
Kenneth Patterson   2016 Biography
Richard Albert & Henry Noel Gibson   2017 Biography
Dr. Donald Guest Grieve   2017 Biography
Meredith Robb   2017 Biography
Duncan Campbell   2018 Biography
Jack Campbell   2018 Biography
John Campbell   2018 Biography
JJ Johnson   2018 Biography

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