Save Expo Ormstown Dining Hall

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The Dining Hall at the fairgrounds in Ormstown, Quebec, built in 1920 for the Ormstown Exhibition, has been slated to be torn down. The decision was made by a very small group of people (8), without prior consultation with the whole of the membership of the nonprofit body in control of the grounds. The greater population that has funded and supported the fairgrounds and its buildings in a variety of ways for decades was also not consulted.

The simple, wooden, two-storey structure is a humble monument to a time when farmers, business people, and other citizens from the wider region came together in a cooperative effort to erect a building that would contribute to the public good. It is a symbol. Along with the other fair buildings of the era still present, it embodies history. It helps to create an irreplaceable atmosphere that is a huge part of what attracts people to events held at these grounds, and which is now, sadly, unique in Quebec.

The plan is to erect an ambitious new building on its foundation. If it is financially responsible to undertake such a project right now, there is place for it elsewhere—we do not have to tear down our historic Dining Hall.

We believe the Dining Hall should be kept and repaired and preserved.

La salle à manger du parc des expositions d'Ormstown, au Québec, construite en 1920 pour l'exposition d'Ormstown, doit être démolie. La décision a été prise par un très petit groupe de personnes (huit), sans consultation préalable de l'ensemble des membres de l'association de contrôle du terrain. La grande population qui a financé et soutenu le parc des expositions et ses bâtiments de diverses manières pendant des décennies n'a pas non plus été consultée.

Nous pensons que la salle à manger doit être conservée, réparée et préservée.

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