Interview with Secretary of the Paisley Agricultural Society, Berni MacKinnon

 

Please tell us about yourself, what do you do for a living and what are your interests?

Berni: I’m a realtor, a farmer (my husband and I are partners on a 250 acre farm with cow/calf operation plus cash cropping AND I also do part time casual supply work as Office Professional for the Bluewater District School Board. Most importantly, I am a mom to three lively, energetic teenagers.

Berni-MacKinnon-Paisley

 

How long have you been serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the Paisley Agricultural Society?

Berni: I began in January of 2016. This is my fourth year.

 

Our fair offers a friendly, carefree atmosphere where everyone leaves satisfied.

 

In what ways the Paisley Fall Fair is helpful for the community?

Berni: We successfully provide an entertaining, educational and profitable day for people of all ages and cultures at the Paisley Fall Fair, connecting people with common interests but at the same time introducing them to new adventures (sheep shearing, weaving, rope making, knitting, quilting, 6 horse hitches to name a few) and broadening their horizons in knowledge of the agricultural world. Integrated into the tapestry of our fair, you will find growth in technology (social media, website), the arts (paintings, photography, graphics, craftsmanship of many varieties) music, animal husbandry & safety and of course, healthy competition. Our partnerships with local business and entrepreneurs are mutually satisfying and provide future growth and benefits for both. We provide advertising and endorse local businesses and service groups in our community which impacts our local economy as well. We are well known across Grey & Bruce Counties, as well as across Ontario as a worthy destination the first Sunday after Labor Day as is evidenced by our large crowds. Our fair offers a friendly, carefree atmosphere where everyone leaves satisfied.

 

What are your favourite eateries in Paisley and nearby areas?

Berni: Marty’s Bar & Grill is known countywide as one of the best restaurants to experience! Large portions, home-style cooking, friendly atmosphere; and for fast food in the summer, Sau’Tees is the ideal spot, offering not only burgers, fries & hot dogs but also healthy wraps, deep-fried battered mushrooms, dill pickles, cheese balls, and more. Big Dipper Cafe & Bakery offers the best fresh baked treats. All three restaurants are in Paisley.

 

Wide open spaces, green grass, fresh country air, the beach, farmland and farm culture, reasonable traffic, small town community relationships all combine to make Bruce County one of the safest, and most enjoyable place to live.

 

What is the best thing about living in Bruce County, and what is the worst?

Berni: Wide open spaces, green grass, fresh country air, the beach, farmland and farm culture, reasonable traffic, small town community relationships all combine to make Bruce County one of the safest, and most enjoyable place to live. The worst thing is winter blizzards, but what better place to be then stormed in with those you love, it’s all in your perspective!

 

Please suggest some best places to visit and things to do in Bruce County.

Berni: There are simply too many to list! I’ll list a few things in Paisley’s community: Paisley Blues Festival in June, Bruce County Heritage Farm Show August 16-18, 2019, Paisley Fair September 7-8, 2019.

 

If you could give tourists visiting this place a piece of advice, what would it be?

Berni: Please respect our farm equipment & tractors, slow down on our roads, respect our country ditches & put your trash & recycling in appropriate bins, clean up after yourself wherever you are vacationing, especially on our beaches.

Published on 20 July 2019

 

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