HARRY STODDART, General Manager, Lindsay Agricultural Society

KAWARTHA LAKES: On August 17th the Virtual LEX kicked off their festivities with a chance to win a 2021 Ride-All-Day Midway Passes, Swiss Fudge and more, in the “Little Scavengers’ Hunt” and the “Little Bit Bigger Scavengers’ Hunt.” They are virtual, COVID-19 safe, scavenger hunts for ages 5 and under, and 6 to 12. To participate visit https://virtual.lindsayex.com/scavenger-hunts/ for all the details. Next up will be the Community Scavenger Hunt for everyone else, starting August 24th.
Prize Books for the Virtual LEX are available for most departments on the LEX website; virtually every department will have competitive classes. Find out how to enter your favourite classes by visiting the following site, https://virtual.lindsayex.com/prize-books/. New for 2020 will be “Community’s Choice” classes in each department, where the class winner will be selected on social media by the community. So be sure to watch for your favourite competitors and classes and give them the votes they need to come out on top.
“We’ve worked all summer to reimagine the LEX in a virtual world,” stated Harry Stoddart, GM of the LEX, in announcing the kick-off. “We’ve tried to recreate the various aspects of the LEX in a manner that allows for social distancing but still lets people have some fun interactive experiences. Visit https://virtual.lindsayex.com/ regularly to watch for new details and new content.”
The LEX feeds on Instagram and Facebook will feature virtual farm tours, as local farms do a “takeover” one day each week. As well, the “Taste of the LEX” online store is open to order Swiss Fudge, caramel corn, cotton candy, DooDoo the Clown’s Animal Balloon Kits, and more. Order before Labour Day and pick up your goodies starting September 21st – the traditional week of the LEX.
You won’t be able to come to the LEX to see the animals so the Virtual LEX is bringing the animals to you, virtually. Use the LEX Instagram augmented reality filters to put animated, life-like, 3-d farm animals in your backyard, living room, or anywhere else you think they might be happy: although the LEX takes no responsibility for what happens when your mom or partner sees video of a horse or sheep in your bedroom.
“We’ve spread the activity from 5 days over 8 weeks to give people an opportunity to experience more aspects of the LEX,” said Len Dawson, President of the Lindsay Agricultural Society. “The team has worked hard to ensure we have fresh, engaging content from now until the end of September.”
Remember, August 21st is the last day to order your LEX social distancing t-shirts!
The Lindsay Agricultural Society (LAS) is a federally registered charity and governed by a volunteer board of directors. The LAS was established to improve agricultural knowledge within the community and create opportunities for dialogue between the agricultural community and the residents of the Kawartha Lakes. The mission of the LAS is “To showcase the vibrant agricultural industry in the Kawartha Lakes while enriching the life of the community through the Lindsay Exhibition, events, entertainment, and volunteerism.”
The Lindsay Exhibition (LEX) is the annual agricultural fair hosted by the Lindsay Agricultural Society with the help of over 300 volunteers. Attendance averages over 45,000 visitors. The LEX Grounds, located at the south end of Angeline St., are owned by the Lindsay Agricultural Society. The LEX Grounds host over 40 events each year in addition to the Lindsay Exhibition, drawing over 100,000 visitors annually. 2020 would have been the 166th Lindsay Exhibition, and 2020 represents the first time in its history that a traditional LEX has not been held.
For more information contact Harry Stoddart, General Manager, Lindsay Agricultural Society, at harry@lindsayex.com