Friday, January 16, 2015

Farewell to Beamsville Fairgrounds

Farewell to Beamsville Fairgrounds

I think of the string of towns in the Niagara Peninsula as beads in a necklace:  Stoney Creek, Grimsby, Beamsville, Vineland, Jordan and St. Catharines.  Niagara-on-the-Lake isn't in the string of beads.  It is so beautiful that it is a jewel on a pendant.  Beamsville is our next-door neighbour.  It had a big expanse of land - almost 25 acres in the downtown that was a fairground.  No one thought about it - it had been a fairground for 150 years.  It had a baseball diamond and a horse track as well as 12 buildings with entrances for sheep, cattle, etc.  It was privately owned by the Lincoln Agricultural Society and a sale was announced in 2008.  It was finalized for residential and commercial development in 2011.  The building is moving right along now.  It is as dense as one would find in Toronto, so it is a startling sight set in the rural layout of Beamsville.  One looks to the right and sees an old town, and looks to the left and sees a dense city block.

The pictures today were taken at the Beamsville Fairground before it underwent its transformation.  These were transport trailers on the property that were being used as storage.  Their bright logos were peeling and blistering in the sun.  When I look at the bottom image, the title that comes to me is 'Concussion' or 'Slap Shot'.

And thanks so much for those who gave advice on the wisteria images for the contest. It turns out to be a 3-way tie between the images.  Does anyone want to break the tie?

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