Agricultural Hall of Fame

Western Fair District is pleased and proud to serve as the home for the Middlesex County Agriculture Hall of Fame.

The Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame, founded in 2000, recognizes the history and tradition of agriculture in Middlesex County. The primary objective of the Agricultural Hall of Fame is to recognize those who have demonstrated unselfish achievements within the realm of agriculture and service to the rural community in Middlesex County and beyond.

A yearly induction ceremony is held every March.  For further information or to give ideas on who would be a good candidate please see contacts below.

The portraits of the Middlesex Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees are on display in the lobby of the Western Fair District Metroland Media Agriplex. The Hall Of Fame is proudly sponsored by Libro Financial Group.  

For More Information Contact:
Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame

Hugh Fletcher, Chair
 (519) 666-1572

Lucia Lilbourne, Coordinator
 (519) 457-8444



RICHARD ALBERT (1814-1911) & HENRY NOEL GIBSON (1878-1966) 

The Gibson family settled near Delaware, Ontario on a farm they named after Richard’s Father’s home in England; Belvoir Farm.  Richard was an appointed member of the Ontario Agriculture Commission (1880), the first Canadian President of the American Shropshire Breeders Assoc. (1907) and president of the Dominion Shorthorn Assoc.  He was inducted into the Saddle & Sirloin Hall of Fame associated with Chicago’s famed International Stock Show in the early 1900s.  Richard was active in the Delaware Fair and a writer for The Farmers Advocate.  His only son, Henry was also inducted into the Saddle & Sirloin in 1947. Henry “Noel” Gibson was a well-known judge; notably at the International Live Stock Exposition and the British Royal. He was also a President of the American Shropshire Assoc.  He spent his work career managing stock farms in the US, as well as the family farm in Ontario.




Dr. Don Grieve was born in Westminster Township, growing up on his family’s Century Farm.  Don’s early experience developed his lifelong interest in dairy farming and improvements in cattle management methods. Don attended the Ontario Agriculture College majoring in Animal Husbandry; graduating 1955 before continuing in Graduate Studies earning his Master’s Degree.  He joined the Ontario Department of Agriculture working in Elgin & Huron Counties. In 1962 Don accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Animal Husbandry Dept. at O.A.C.  In 1967 Don was granted leave to study at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he received a Ph.D. degree in dairy cattle nutrition.  Farmers benefited greatly from his years of research on dairy cattle nutrition.  He also contributed to agriculture internationally as a team leader on the Guelph/Ghana (West Africa) Project and research in the Netherlands.  Dr. Grieve served as Chairman of the Dept. of Animal & Poultry Science at the University of Guelph from 1988 until he retired in 1994.


MEREDITH ROBB (1940-2016) 

Meredith Robb was very active in many Middlesex County community organizations.  He volunteered with the Ilderton Agricultural Society, Home & Farm Safety Council, Federation of Agriculture, Pork Producers and 4-H.  Meredith graduated from the Western Ontario Agriculture School in 1958, and farmed on his great-great grandfather’s land northwest of London.  Meredith was awarded a Nuffield Agricultural Travelling Scholarship in 1974 and spent 6 months studying agriculture in Europe and the UK.  As part of his dedication to Junior Farmers he was a Provincial Director and a delegate to Great Britain.  Meredith was well-known in the county and province for his square dancing; as a participant, caller and judge.  His various roles and involvement as part of volunteer boards, contributed greatly to agriculture in Middlesex County and is being recognized in this nomination.      



The induction ceremony will be held in the Carousel Room (Slots Building, 2nd Level) at the Western Fair District on Wednesday March 8th, 2017 at 11:30am.  For tickets or further information please contact Hugh Fletcher at (519) 666-1572.  The portraits of these individuals will be displayed with the Middlesex Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees in the lobby of the Western Fair Agriplex. 

For More Information Contact:
Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame

Hugh Fletcher, Chair
(519) 666-1572

Lucia Lilbourne, Coordinator
(519) 457-8444





Year Honoured

Cuddy, Alfred McInroy

  2000 Biography
Broadwell, Charles E.   2007 Biography
Earley, George Graham   2007 Biography
Edwards, Alice Catherine   2009 Biography
Riddell, William Keith   2000 Biography
Stewart, William Atcheson   2000 Biography
Grieve, William Richard   2001 Biography
Hutton, Ken and Dora   2001 Biography
Laidlaw, George Wallace   2001 Biography
Filson, Hugh   2002 Biography
Hughes, John (Bert)   2002 Biography
Whale, I. B.   2002 Biography
Dixon, Andrew   2003 Biography
Long, Gerry and Renie   2003 Biography
Twynstra, Peter   2003 Biography
Frank, William C.   2008 Biography
Gates, Marion   2006 Biography
Guest, Emily Jane   2005 Biography
Hardy, Clarence Alfred   2005 Biography
Lewis, Fred   2004 Biography
McDonald, David   2005 Biography
McGugan, Evan   2009 Biography
Patrick, Joseph H   2008 Biography
Pretty, Dr. Kenneth   2007 Biography
Robson, Tom E   2006 Biography
Saunders, Sir Charles Edward   2004 Biography
Shore, Hardy & Robert “Bob”   2008 Biography
Stewart, Alex M. & John A.   2006 Biography
Switzer, Dr. Clayton   2009 Biography
White, George   2004 Biography
Zavitz, Dr. Charles   2010 Biography
Prestage, Robert “Bob” A.   2010 Biography
Strybosch, John   2010 Biography
Ferguson, Ralph   2011 Biography
William, Weld   2011 Biography
Heard, Richard   2011 Biography
Bedggood, Robert   2012 Biography
Carling, Sir John   2012 Biography
Saunders, William   2012 Biography
Beck, Sir Adam   2013 Biography
The Herbert Family (Bill, Ruth & Jack)   2013 Biography
Seelster Farms and Van Bussel Family   2013 Biography
T. Alex Edwards   2014 Biography
Peter Lewington   2014 Biography
James Murby   2014 Biography
Tom Bradish    2015 Biography
Roy Jewell   2015 Biography

Arthur Blashill

  2016 Biography
Dorinda Greenway   2016 Biography
Kenneth Patterson   2016 Biography
Richard Albert & Henry Noel Gibson   2017 Biography
Dr. Donald Guest Grieve   2017 Biography
Meredith Robb   2017 Biography