NEWINGTON — Celebrating its 149th anniversary this long weekend, the Stormont County Fair kicks off in earnest with the opening of the Gable Bros. midway at 3 p.m. today (Sept. 2). That’s followed by tonight’s highlight event — the annual demolition derby that’s expected to draw at least 70 vehicles into the traditional contest of motorized mayhem.
Running through Labour Day Monday, the popular fair typically draws 11,000 to 13,000 people, says Barbara-Ann Glaude, longtime secretary/treasurer for the Stormont County Agricultural Society.
The four-day fair is known for its array of dairy and beef cattle shows — across four breeds and involving both 4-H and open classes — and always features an exhibition hall chock full of colourful homecraft entries (being judged this morning).
“We have everything from church on Sunday, to the classic auto show (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday), to the heavy horse show (starts 10:30 a.m. Saturday), to face painting, to the baby contest (Sunday, noon), to sheep shearing demonstrations (Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.) and all of the other attractions,” says Glaude, who anticipates expected good weather will assist with this year’s turnout numbers.
“We’ve added a power-wheel derby later on Saturday afternoon and a pedal-tractor-pull contest at the same time,” she says, rhyming off a couple of new events.
Eight wrestling tag teams, including a ladies’ group, will take the ring at 2 p.m., an hour after the fair’s official opening parade and ceremonies on Saturday. “So that will be an interesting afternoon,” observes Glaude.
Also new are appearances by the Hilltop k9 agility club (Sunday at 11 a.m.) and Hands on Exotics (Monday afternoon)
The secretary/treasurer reports strong interest in discounted ride bracelets, which are available until 11:30 a.m. this morning (Friday, Sept. 2) at the fair office in Newington and online by following the information on the fair website.
See the full schedule and admission information at the fair’s website.