Talks lead to renaming of GNE fairgrounds

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Clearview Township is negotiating with the Collingwood Agricultural Society to rename the Great Northern Exhibition (GNE) fairgrounds to Clearview Fairgrounds.
Following an in-camera meeting on May 27 council voted to direct staff to enter into negotiations for a private-public partnership to support the ongoing expansion of facilities at the fairgrounds.
The announcement was made during the township’s 25th anniversary celebrations held at the GNE on May 31 and June 1.
“Our board looks forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Clearview Township. We are delighted to recognize this new partnership agreement and are negotiating a variety of naming changes that celebrate agriculture as a common passion,” said Collingwood Agricultural Society president Jim Kinnear.
Clearview Township, is seeking a legacy agreement that will enhance the celebration of agricultural heritage and support community groups like Clearview Community Theatre and 4H Clubs.
“The 25th anniversary of Clearview Township is a significant milestone that Council would like to commemorate with an equally significant legacy, one that will provide services and amenities for Clearview residents as our township grows, while maintaining and respecting our agricultural roots. I am truly excited to announce this partnership,” said Mayor Doug Measures.
Staff will negotiate the private-public partnership agreement and bring a report to council.
Since 1885 the GNE has celebrated agriculture in our community, and as part of their mission to promote agriculture, educate and entertain, they are continuously enhancing their facilities to meet the growing needs of the community.

Dave West photo: Former Mayors Chris Vanderkruys (from left), Fran Sainsbury, Robert McKee and Ken Ferguson joined Mayor Doug Measures at Clearview’s 25th Anniversary party held at the GNE Fairgrounds June 1.

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