THIS MONTH’S BULLETIN IS DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF
A LOOK BACK AT 2012
Editor’s note: Once again, the past year has been an event-filled one in the life of our association and the fancy in general. Here is a brief look back at what took place.
In January, it was confirmed that Dave Anderson from California would judge the show at Old Home Week. The tenth annual Winter Show was planned for March 3. Old Home Week was named as host of the A.P.A. Provincial Meet for this year. After not being permitted to have lunch at the Christmas meeting, UPEI changed its policy to allow groups to have lunches served for their own use.
At the February meeting, it was agreed to charge a small fee for the lunch being provided at the Bantam & Pigeon Show coming up in April. The association agreed to donate $50 for a prize to the A.P.A. Canadian National Meet being held in Woodstock, Ontario, in October.
March saw the start of the show season for the new year. The Winter Show was once again held at the home of James and Donna Butler. Steve Webster judged. James Butler took the grand champion at the Winter Show with a Black Wyandotte bantam hen; this was the second consecutive year that a Butler Black Wyandotte took top honours in the show. Trevor MacDonald and Leif Taylor were named to judge the Bantam & Pigeon Show.
The Annual Meeting was held in conjunction with the Bantam & Pigeon Show on April 7 in Murray River. The executive from the previous year was returned to office. The club ended the year with 66 members. It was announced that arrangements had been made for the transportation of the show materials to Borden-Carleton for the Spring Show. Crapaud Exhibition increased the limit to 22 birds per exhibitor. It was announced that Mark Camilleri had to cancel his coming to judge the Spring Show due to an injury. Troy Laroche was contacted and agreed to come. Martin Smith reported that the club’s web site had been viewed 10,840 times since being established. At the Bantam & Pigeon Show, Brian MacInnis took the grand champion with a Black-Red Old English Game cock.
The Spring Show was held in Borden-Carleton in May. Merle Watson from Nova Scotia took the grand champion with his White Wyandotte bantam cock. A local group provided canteen services for the Spring Show. Robert Ridler from Ontario agreed to judge the pigeons at Old Home Week as he was coming to the show to visit. The Valley Fanciers Spring Show was held in Windsor, N.S. One member attended and showed.
The annual Spring I.L.T. Vaccination took place in June. Members attended the Greater Moncton Buy-Sell-Trade Day early in the month. Rodney Clow was nominated to judge the show atCrapaud Exhibition. Frank Costello celebrated his 90th birthday.
July was the start of the show season for the summer. At the Northumberland Fisheries Festival show, Hilton Bryanton took grand champion honours with a White Call drake. Robert Schurman took the top prize at the Crapaud Exhibition with a Partridge Plymouth Rock bantam hen. Dave Anderson cancelled as judge for Old Home Week. With only a few weeks to find a replacement, many calls were made to find a judge. Michael Schmidt from Florida was contacted and agreed to come.
The fairs continued into August. At Old Home Week, the grand champion was awarded to Hilton Bryanton’s S.C. Light Brown Leghorn bantam pullet. At the Dundas Fair, judge Alan Hamilton named as grand champion a White Call drake shown by Hilton Bryanton.
September brought the fair season to an end and saw the beginning of the fall shows. At the Egmont Bay-Mont Carmel Exhibition, numbers were up by a large amout from the previous year. Hilton Bryanton took the grand champion with his S.C. Light Brown Leghorn bantam hen. Four Island exhibitors showed poultry at the Pictou County-North Colchester Exhibition. Lorina Murphy had Best Gander, Best Goose, and Best Drake. The poultry show at the Eastern Kings Exhibition was moved back to its former location and was held on the Sunday. Earlier in the summer, it had looked like there would be no poultry show in Souris, but plans were able to be made to have a show. Garth Taylor judged this show at Eastern Kings and made a Racing Homer cock shown by Trevor MacDonald the grand champion. At the Hants County Exhibition in N.S., Trevor MacDonald took Champion and Reserve Standard as well as Champion and Reserve Bantam. At the N.B. Fall Show in Petitcodiac, a number of top awards were won by club members. Bill Zeihm of New York was nominated to judge the 2013 Old Home Week show. It was agreed to invite Mark Camilleri and James Carson to judge the 2013 Spring Show. The association once again sponsored awards at the Rural Youth Fair.
The show season in the Maritimes came to a close in October. Several members showed at the Nova Scotia Fall Classic in Truro and had good placings. One Island member showed at the A.P.A. Canadian National Meet in Woodstock, Ontario. Mark Camilleri was confirmed as a judge for next year’s Spring Show. Fall I.L.T. was planned for the week of November 19. Discussions took place re the purchase of goose pens for the club. Jill Wood reported that she is looking into getting accredited to be able to provide documents which will allow poultry to go into the U.S.
November saw the end of the show season for all Island fanciers Three members showed at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Entries were on par this year at the Royal compared to last year. The club was once again a sponsor of the show. A number of best-of-breed wins were taken by Island exhibitors at the Royal. The fall vaccination program took place. Jordan MacDonald served as a page in the Provincial Legislature.
At the meeting in December, it was announced that Bill Zeihm was willing to come to judge the Old Home Week show in August. There was no word yet if West Jet was going to provide sponsorship to the Provincial Exhibition next year. Trevor MacDonald was named to represent the association on the Old Home Week Board for 2013. It was announced that the club purchased ten new goose pens from Keipper Cooping in the U.S. It was announced that James Carson has agreed to judge at the Spring Show. The club declined the request to advertise in the 2013 A.P.A. yearbook. The club lost a long-time member with the passing of Kimball LeLacheur on December 12 at the age of 93.