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The Powell River & District Agricultural Society

fonds: — 1933 – 1990 — 60 cm of textual record and 6 photographs

The Powell River & District Horticultural Society was the precursor to the Powell River & District Agricultural Society. The Horticultural Society began in 1933 and was the result of the Cranberry Ratepayers and Community’s successful fall fair in Sept 1932. In 1936 the name was changed to Powell River & District Agricultural Society and the assets were transferred at the same time. The Agricultural Society functioned from 1933 – 1939. After WW 11 it re-commenced in 1954 and continued until 1982. After a lapse it was re-incorporated in 1987. This Society was organized mainly for the purpose of promoting the culture of fruits, vegetables and flowers. They also hosted a Fall Fair and from 1954 – 1976 sponsored the Miss Powell River competition. The Association promotes fairs and displays of 4-H and agricultural products and helps to administer the Paradise Exhibition Park. They sponsor the Powell River Fall Fair and the Open Air Market.

The fonds consists of the Powell River & District Agricultural Society records. Includes Certificate of Incorporation and Constitution and by-laws, minutes, correspondence, financial records, legal documents, reports, Miss Powell River, lists, rules and regulations, newsletters, history, clippings, and the Powell River Paradise Exhibition Park sous-fonds.

Title based on contents of fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition. Donated by Vivian Pulsifer 1991,1992, 1993,2005
Donated by Elaine Steiger in 1994

Series and sous-fonds descriptions available

Series descriptions available.

Series: Powell River & District Agricultural Society fonds
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1. Incorporation and Constitution & Bylaws. — 1936-1953, 1971-1973. – 2cm of textual records

The series consists of a Certificate of Incorporation and the Society’s Constitution and By-Laws.

Title based on contents of series.

2. Minutes. — 1933-1940, 1953-1973,1977,1979,1982,1991. – 15cm of textual records

The series consists of minutes of the Society.

Title based on contents of series.

3. Correspondence. — 1953, 1955-1959,1963-1964,1968-1972,1981-1988 — 6 cm of textual records

The series consists of correspondence regarding the running of the annual Fall Fair, the Paradise Exhibition Park and the organizing the Miss Powell River contests.

Title based on contents of series.

4. Financial Records. –1933-1939, 1954-1967,1980-1991. — 4cm of textual records

The series consists of financial ledgers and records pertaining to the Fall Fair, the Miss Powell River contest and the Agricultural Society. 

Title based on contents of series.

5. Legal Documents. — 1953,1963-1964,1972-1979,1982. — 5cm of textual records.

The series consists of contracts for BC Entertainments Corp.,Pacific Show Ltd, Alberta Slim’s, Lot 5113 East, timber licence permission, West Coast Amusements, Dept of Agriculture.

Title based on contents of series. 

6. Reports. — 1954-1968, 1987. — 2 cm of textual records

The series consists of reports by managers of the Fall Fair and the Miss Powell River contests.

Title based on contents of series.

7. Lists. — 1936-1939, 1978-1990. — 4 cm of textual records.

The series consists of lists of Directors and members of the Society. 

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8. Rules and Regulations. — 1933-1977 — 22cm of textual records

The series consists of rules and regulations for the exhibition, Fall Fair and the Miss Powell River contest.

Title based on contents of series.

9. Newsletters. — 1972-1973 – – 1 cm of textual records

The series consists of newsletters to the members.

Title based on contents of series.

10. Notes. – – 1955, 1961-1963,1966. – – 1 cm of textual records.

The series consists of handwritten notes about the Miss Powell River contests. 

Title based on contents of series.

11. History. – – 1936, 1957,1978. – – 1 cm of textual records.

The series consists of typewritten and handwritten notes about the foundation of the Society.

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12. News clippings. — 1955-1983. – – [ photocopied ] 4 cm of textual records.

The series consists newspaper articles regarding the Fall Fair, the Agricultural Society and the Miss Powell River contest

Title based on contents of series.

13. Ephemera. – – 1967-`1968,1984. – – 1 cm of textual records

The series consists of programmes of the Miss Powell River pagent.

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14. Photographs. – – 1950,1957,1960, 1962,1964,1969,1973. – – 6 photographs.

The series consists of photographs of the Miss Powell River contestants and include images of: Gerry Moore, Jo-Ann Taylor, Kathyrn Millar, Elaine Shirk, Dianne Taylor, Annabelle Ashworth and Louise Beadman.

Title based on contents of series. 

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