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Fundraising Cookbooks a Perfect Fit for Agricultural Society

The Campbellford Seymour Agricultural Society has a very straightforward mandate – to bring the community together through agriculture.  Established in 1854, the Society is a volunteer based organization with two objectives that drive this mission forward:

  1. To promote agriculture in the community by holding an annual fair
  2. To encourage activities intended to enrich rural life

The annual fair is really the primary focus of Campbellford’s 18-member Board of Directors and its countless volunteers.  “We meet once a month, and during our AGM every year in January,” explains Society President and Board member Angela Runciman.  “Our focus is really the fair.  It’s a big event and a lot of work.”

V0481coiledThe Campbellford Fair is a unique event with a diverse range of activities.  The Fair features a Midway, Livestock Shows, a Homecraft Show, a Novelty Contest, Demonstrations, a Children’s Activity Centre, the 4X4 Challenge, a Demo Derby, Live Entertainment, and Concessions.  According to the Peterborough Examiner, there’s something for everyone, “There were lots of rides for all ages at the Campbellford-Seymour Agricultural Fair midway, including the Cobra, the Tilt-a-Whirl, and that perennial favourite at fairs, the fun house, while thrilling horsemanship at Friday’s Western Gymkhana show drew a good sized crowd with events including barrel races, pole bending, flag races, keyhole races, and a Dash 4 Cash.”

To finance an event of this size, mini-fundraising events are held throughout the year including:

  • The Annual Chicken BBQ – held the last Sunday of May
  • The Food Booth – held at the local sale barn – first Tuesday in August
  • The Winter Demolition Derby – held late January each year

The Board decided to add a key tool to their fundraising arsenal in 2012 by introducing fundraising cookbooks from Gateway.  According to Runciman, “Gateway’s fundraising cookbooks fit perfectly and dealing with them was an absolute pleasure.”

In keeping with the Society’s inclusive approach to management, the Board gathered recipes for the cookbook from every part of the community, a task that could have been daunting if it weren’t for Gateway’s online recipe entry system.  “Our goal was to gather 100 recipes.  We ended up with more than 300.  Most were handwritten.  I was able to enter each of them right into my computer, which made the exercise totally manageable.  Most cookbook publishers don’t have an online entry system.  Creating a cookbook with Gateway was a breeze.”

To buy the Campbellford Fundraising Cookbook, email:, call 705-653-5338 or visit the Society’s web site at:!

Garlic Festival Cookbook A Huge Hit!

GarlicCoiledGateway Publishing is always very pleased to publish community fundraising cookbooks and this past summer we were able to help out several community clubs with their fundraising. One of the most intriguing was for a garlic festival taking place in Lac La Hache, British Columbia.
Lac La Hache is a very small community located in the Central Interior of B.C.  It is home to one of the oldest organizations, The Lac La Hache Community Club, which has a long and impressive record of achievements and dedication to the community.  The Community Club is comprised of hard working volunteers who work together to support various social and sporting events, making Lac La Hache a great family oriented community. 
One of the most recent events was the South Cariboo Garlic Fest held August 27 and 28th.  All the highlights about the garlic fest can be viewed on their main web page –
The Garlic Fest has grown substantially from last year, more vendors and more traffic in the grounds.  Making its debut at the recent garlic fest was a cookbook called Strictly Garlic featuring 175 garlic-loaded recipes.  The recipes include appetizers, meats, salads, dressings, soups, vegetables and pickles/relishes.   The cost of the book is $10 and shipping costs in Canada for 1 book is $2.31, 2 books $3.20. 
To place an order for a book please email Barb Hansen at providing name and address.  Any cheques or money orders must be made payable to Lac La Hache Community Club, once funds are received  (including shipping costs) the books will be automatically shipped out. 
Thank you for taking the time to read about their little community, they are actively fundraising for other new projects they have in the works.  Any funds they generate always revert back into the community; profits from last year’s garlic fest were used to drill a well at the festival grounds.