Stormont County Fair opens with a look forward to 2017, and a look back to the past

South Stormont Deputy Mayor Tammy Hart, as Agnes Macphail.

NEWINGTON — The Stormont County Fair flew the flag at its official opening yesterday (Sept. 3) — multiple flags, actually.

In a preview of next year’s 150th anniversary fair — coinciding with Canada’s 2017 Sesquicentennial year — Saturday’s official start featured a walk-through evolution of the national flag since 1867.

Each version of the flag was carried past the grandstand by a local individual in the appropriate costume of the period. That included South Stormont Deputy Mayor Tammy Hart — dressed as Canada’s first female parliamentarian, Agnes Macphail, and bearing an early version of the Red Ensign — and Councillor David Smith, in hippy costume while holding aloft today’s 1965 flag.

Hart also took her character to the VIP stage, where she joined other local dignitaries, among them Stormont County’s Queen of the Furrow Alyssa Waldroff and Stormont County Agricultural Society President Dave Zummach.

“I can only think of the past, and all the hard-working [fair] volunteers, men and women, such as Russell Presley who just recently passed away,” said Hart, leading a moment of silence for the late World War II veteran from Finch. The deputy mayor went on to challenge North Stormont Township to a best-decorated parade float at next year’s fair  — directing the comment to Councillor François Landry who was representing North Stormont Mayor Dennis Fife. “Frank … are you up for that challenge, dear?”

Landry also brought greetings, as did local MPP Guy Lauzon, MP Jim McDonell, SD&G Warden Jamie MacDonald. Waldroff officially declared the fair open.

The fair continues today (Sunday, Sept. 4), with one of many highlights being the baby show at noon; registration for that begins at 11 a.m. The fair runs through Labour Day, tomorrow.

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In video above, wrestlers compete Sept. 4 at the Stormont County Fair, following
the opening ceremonies. Below, Big Time Pro Wrestling female champion ‘The Black Widow’ Eve defended her belt against Stacy Thibault (on top).

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

The Junior champion cattle In the open Holstein Show (from left): Honorable Mention Wenallt Coach Finesse (with Diane Powell); Reserve Champion Redlodge Chip Alani (with Connor Halpenny); and Champion Knonaudale Mudlet (with 10-year-old Josh Ur). Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The Junior champion cattle in Saturday’s open Holstein Show (from left): Honorable Mention Wenallt Coach Finesse (with Diane Powell); Reserve Champion Redlodge Chip Alani (with Connor Halpenny); and Champion Knonaudale Mudlet (with 10-year-old Josh Ur). Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Of the 82 entries in this year's Stormont County Fair Holstein Show, Limbra Duplex Cally was named Grand Champion (right, with Gerry Huybregts). Reserve Champion Knonaudale Muddy appears at centre with Chris Ur, while Hon. Mention Libra Evasive appears with Willy Huybregts at left. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Of the 82 entries in this year’s Stormont County Fair Holstein Show, Limbra Duplex Cally was named Grand Champion (right, with Gerry Huybregts). Reserve Champion Knonaudale Muddy appears at centre with Chris Ur, while Hon. Mention Libra Evasive appears with Willy Huybregts at left. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

At the conclusion of Saturday’s Jersey Show at Stormont County Fair, Jersey Ontario Rally Princess Janine Spichtig (right) poses with (from left) Jeff and Jennifer Waldroff (owners of this year’s Reserve and Grand Champion entries); Maddie Lewis, 13, with Reserve Grand Champion Landel Sevant Never; and Harold Dingwall with Grand Champion Landel ii Captain Nesquik. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Mary Spratt and her team are shown leaving the ring after she placed second in her class, Saturday at the Stormont County Fair. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Mary Spratt and her team are shown leaving the ring after she placed second in her class, Saturday at the Stormont County Fair. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Mikayla Kelly (left) and sister Emily Kelly took the red ribbon in their two-horse-hitch class in the heavy horse show. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Mya' stands on the orders of her owner, Annette Hopkins, during Saturday's dog show at the Stormont County Fair. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

‘Mya’ stands on the orders of her owner, Annette Hopkins, during Saturday’s dog show at the Stormont County Fair. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Allison VanLoon poses with her Grand Champion canine, three-month-old Beau, who enjoys his prize chew toy. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Allison VanLoon poses with her Grand Champion canine, three-month-old Beau, who enjoys his prize chew toy. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

Young entrants get ready to pop balloons in the first-ever Power Wheel derby, Saturday at the Stormont County Fair. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Young entrants get ready to pop balloons in the first-ever Power Wheel derby, Saturday at the Stormont County Fair. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

 

 

 

 

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