Avonmore Fair ready to roll this evening

Setup of the Avonmore Fair at midweek. Nation Valley News photo

AVONMORE — A showcase of talent and fun, the Avonmore Fair kicks off tonight, Fri., July 15, with new featured midway operator Carter Shows Ltd.

Gates open 5 p.m. with free admission to the grounds on opening night. Popular band Ambush will kick up the energy at 8 p.m.-1 a.m. that night, with tickets available at $20 each for the show.

Avonmore Fair has been held annually since 1860. (That makes this the Fair’s 156th anniversary and 157th edition, in case you’re counting.)

The sights, sounds and colourful activities of the 2016 Fair naturally include traditional displays of homecraft and agricultural excellence. The farming sector will be further highlighted in the Super Structure building (behind North Stormont Place) with an interactive “Farm to Table” display featuring ‘Mooonica’ the milking cow. Youngsters should enjoy the return of pedal tractors as well.

The Stormont 4-H Club will again play a significant role at the Fair, rallying with both dairy (Sat., 10 a.m.) and beef (Sun., 12:30 p.m.) cattle shows. The 4-Hers have also organized Farmers’ Olympics, a spectacle set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

For those interested in equine pursuits, a Western horse shows run both Sat. and Sun. (10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively).Clad in red and white, the Canadian Cowgirls will ride into the ring for riveting patriotic shows on both days (Sat., 7 p.m. and Sun., 3 p.m.)

Plenty of talent will be on display, starting with the extremely young: The ever-popular baby show is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Sat. (registration at 10). At 1:30 p.m., the stage makes way for the Fair’s prince and princess competition for contestants 5 and under, followed by a youth talent show for hopefuls up to age 10.

See the full schedule at http://www.avonmorefair.ca/other/program.pdf

The video below shows the Avonmore Fair midway partly set up on Wed., July 13, as the Carter Shows Ltd. crew went about preparing the site for this weekend’s event.

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