Volunteer co-ordinator needed for Family Day at Doncaster Farm

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Event in danger of being cancelled if no organizer found

By Katie Tower – Sackville Tribune Post

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Sackville’s biggest event of the year is in danger of being cancelled in 2016 if a volunteer isn’t found soon to co-ordinate it.

The town is putting out a call for an individual, or a group of people, to come forward to organize the annual Family Day at the Doncaster Farm, a popular event that is one of the highlights of the Sack

The Town of Sackville is seeking a community volunteer for the community’s Family Day at Doncaster Farm, which is a highlight of the annual Sackville Fall Fair. Above, horse rides are just one of the many attractions held at the annual event. Photo from www.sackvilletribunepost.com
The Town of Sackville is seeking a community volunteer for the community’s Family Day at Doncaster Farm, which is a highlight of the annual Sackville Fall Fair. Above, horse rides are just one of the many attractions held at the annual event. Photo from www.sackvilletribunepost.com

ville Fall Fair.

“It would be a huge loss to the town if the event didn’t take place,” said Matt Pryde, manager of recreation programs and special events for the town.

He said the event draws in 6,000 to 8,000 people each year and features activities such as pony rides, a petting zoo, horse-drawn wagon rides, live musical entertainment, tug-of-war, chili and cookie bake-offs and so much more.

Formerly known as the Bud Doncaster Memorial Agricultural Field Day, the event was renamed Family Day at the Doncaster Farm last year with a crop of new volunteers taking over the reins, led by Kellie Mattatall.

Pryde said Mattatall did a fantastic job of coordinating the event last year but isn’t available to do the job in 2016 so there is a need for someone else to step up to take on the role.

“It is in real jeopardy of not happening if someone doesn’t come forward,” he said. “It’s not going to happen without community support.”

Advertisement – Article continues belowThe Family Day will take place on Sept. 17 and is an event that has always been completely organized by volunteers. Pryde said with all the other events taking place during Fall Fair weekend, the town itself simply doesn’t have the resources or the staff to take on that task – although he pointed out the town will continue to provide financial support and guidance as it has in the past.

“If the volunteers are not there, it doesn’t matter how much money the town has to put towards it, it can not happen.”

Pryde said ideally he’d like to have someone in place by mid-May at the latest so that plans can get under way for the event. If anyone is interested in volunteering with this event, contact Matt Pryde at 364-4946 or m.pryde@sackville.com.

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