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Huron-Kinloss proud of new picnic shelter, livestock shelter

By: Liz Dadson
October 10, 2017

Huron-Kinloss Township is proud of the new picnic shelter beside the ball diamond in Ripley, and the new livestock shelter located behind the arena.

Originally, the project was put forward by Shawn Colling and Mike Gallant of Ripley 4-H, urging township council to approve a livestock shelter beside the fairgrounds. However, due to concerns from the sourcewater protection committee regarding proximity to the Ripley well head, the project was moved north of the arena, and a picnic shelter built east of the ball diamond.

Both shelters got a work-out during the Ripley-Huron Fall Fair, at the end of September. The 4-H groups showing their cattle were thrilled with the shelter, while people attending the fair enjoyed the picnic shelter, especially Friday night when the rain refused to quit.

Monday night, Oct. 2, township council, along with the project proponents, the Ripley Agricultural Society president and homecraft president, and 4-H members gathered for a photo in front of the picnic shelter.

"We're glad this project has come to fruition," said mayor Mitch Twolan. "This is a great building. People have been enjoying it, and the livestock shelter too. Thanks to the agricultural society, 4-H, and everybody who put their effort and money into this. Special thanks to Mike (Gallant) and Shawn (Colling) for their years of effort."

Colling said the livestock shelter is one of the best in Ontario.

"Lots of people used it during the fair weekend, and the cattle show people loved it," he said. "It started out as a $60,000 livestock shelter and then became two buildings at a cost of $120,000. Fortunately, we had a lot of in-kind donations and solid support from the community."

Proudly standing beside the picnic shelter, located east of the ball diamonds in Ripley, are in back, Huron-Kinloss councilors Jeff Elliott (left), Carl Sloetjes, and Don Murray, Conner Dixon, Mike Gallant, Jim Farrell, and deputy mayor Wilfred Gamble; and in front, Shawn Colling (left), Morgan Colling, mayor Mitch Twolan, councillor Lillian Abbott, Hannah MacDonald, Fran Farrell, and Karl Heinisch


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