CHESTERVILLE — The cattle barn has been cleaned up and decorated: Doors open 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, Oct. 7, to the first barn dance at the Chesterville fairgrounds in many years.
Spearheaded by 19-year-old Chesterville Agricultural Society director Ashley Johnson, the event will serve as a new — and earlier — fundraiser event in support of annual Chesterville Fair operations.
“It’s one last kick at the can before the snow flies,” says fellow director Carol Johnson, on site this afternoon for final preparations. “We’ve got the grounds sitting here. We might as well try to utilize them as much as we can.”
As it’s name suggests, the ‘Harvest Barn Dance & Pie Auction’ will see an auctioneer take to the haybale stage to sell some baked goods for the cause. Chad Simmons of Finch, who performed well just over a year ago at the International Plowing Match auctioneers’ challenge, will handle the pie sale — with entries coming from local firefighters and even the mayor of North Dundas.
The dance will put heel to fresh wood shavings over the rustic dirt floor, in an environment festooned with corn stalks. Local DJ Daren Nurse of Thundering Sound Entertainment will spin the tunes.
Tickets are still available at the advance price of $10 each — before 7 p.m. this evening — at MacEwen’s in Chesterville or by contacting Carol Johnson at 613-720-0412. The cost is $15 at the door, with children 10 and under admitted free. Partygoers below the age of majority are permitted to stay until 11 p.m.
The event is licensed, with a beer-serving area set up like a mini corral off to the side of the barn.
Organizers hope to make it an annual occasion.
Meanwhile the Ag Society also looks forward to another fundraiser later this fall — its annual November spaghetti dinner at the Chesterville Legion.