Following the awards presentation, award sponsors and winners gathered at the display of entries for a photo opportunity Thompson Goddard Photo

CHESTERVILLE – There was a lot to see and do during the Dundas Seed, Forage and Agricultural Show (DSFAS) hosted by the Dundas Soil and Crop Improvement Association at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 434 in Chesterville on Fri., March 8.

Adrian Lee, chair of the DSFAS, explained the event featured 33 vendors with over 125 people showing up throughout the day. He noted 25 agricultural SHISM students from North Dundas District High School attended the show with staff members. Volunteers from Timothy Christian School in Williamsburg provided a hot lunch with proceeds going to the school.

“I let the cheesecake do its thing!” commented baking contest winner Stephanie Tibben, describing the cake decorations as very simple but elegant. She went on to say she had researched New York Cheesecakes for the competition, discovering they were very rich with lots of heavy cream as well as sour cream and at least four eggs. Following the judging, people were offered to purchase a portion of the cheesecake entries for a donation to Dundas County 4-H.

There were 25 exhibitors with 133 seed entries in the competition. Dave Pemberton was the 2024 Premier Exhibitor with 123 points; Joe and Carolyn Jansen being Reserve Premier Exhibitor with 93 points. Jim Metcalfe was the Premier 1st time exhibitor at the show.

Lee expressed his thanks to Mark Tibbens and Jess Menkhorst for all the work they do in ensuring the success of the event. He then thanked DSCIA directors Ron Toonders, Dave Barkley, Matt Spruit, Mike Roosendaal, Graham and Elaine Duke and Jason Byvelds for their assistance in setting up the show.

Show judges Joe Krol, Gilles Quesnel and Bryan Cooke were thanked for their work, as were the baking contest judges Cheryl Beasley, Shaw Knelsen and Leslie Johnson.  Lee thanked all the sponsors of the show and the Chesterville Legion for the venue.