Amherst hosts Community Fair

Darrell Cole
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Opportunity for organizations to recruit new members

The Amherst Community Fair was an opportunity for organizations to show others what they do.

Gordon LeBlanc and other members of the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi hold a demonstration during Amherst’s Community Fair on Saturday. 

AMHERST – For Gordon LeBlanc and members of the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi, Saturday’s Community Fair was all about showing people what their organization is all about.

LeBlanc and five other members of the group held several demonstrations during the five-hour event to showcase tai chi and to encourage people to join.

“It’s a great activity and one that’s great for your health and your wellbeing,” LeBlanc said. “It includes gentle movements with constant turning and stretching. It also helps enhance balance and is great for your back and spine.”

The group holds regular sessions at the Chris Church Parish Hall with classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-3 and 7-9 p.m., while in Springhill the group has sessions every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Andrew’s Wesleyan Church.

Many other organizations participated in the fair, including JC’s TaeKwon-Do, which is hosting the Eastern Canadian championships at the stadium on June 7.

“We used to participate in the fair every year but took a couple of years off. We’re back this year to promote the Eastern Canadian championships and to show people what taekwon-do is,” Jim Ripley said.

The aim of the fair is to bring together community service clubs and organizations, sports and recreational groups so the general public can learn about these groups and their mandates.

Several other organizations participated including the Amherst and Area Girl Guides, which is looking for new members and new leaders, while CANSA was there to show its programs and services.

Others involved included the Amherst Rotary Club, Tantramar Community Radio, the Amherst Figure Skating Club, Bridge Workshop, the Amherst 50+ Club and the Cumberland YMCA.

While there were few visitors to the fair, most participants thought it was worthwhile and would like to see it in the fall when they are gearing up recruiting efforts for a new season.

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