157th annual Avonmore Fair includes 4-H shows, a parade, barn dance, and much more

 

Seen in photo above: Last year’s 4-H class lined up with their heifers for final placement at the Avonmore Fair. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

AVONMORE — The 157th annual Avonmore Fair is set for July 21, 22 & 23 with the fair open on Friday evening with some newly added events. The resurrected Stormont & Glengarry Junior Farmers will be hosting a Junior Farmers Olympics with various age categories competing in a multitude of challenges. In addition to these physical competitions, some big muscle power will be displayed with a new tug-of-war contest. Travelling teams and local groups will be suitably pitted against each other in this age-old sport.

Friday night also welcomes back the biggest little party band in Ontario, with Ambush centre-staging the huge Superstructure Barn Dance! Weekend music also includes Country Roads, Rev & The Choir Boys and the popular up-and-coming band The County Lads.

The sky will be the spot to look during fair weekend for some high-flying acrobatic stunts, as the Quebec based Aerial Animation Flying Trapeze Show performs two times each day! Large rigging will be set up to support the “girls on the flying trapeze” with up to five performers in the air at one time. With Cirque du Soleil being the premier world known show for aerial acts, Quebec is a training ground for many performers. This group’s base is such a school and Avonmore Fair will be one of the very first stops on their western show route.

Saturday sees for many the start of the 4-H calf show circuit with the largest open calf rally in Eastern Ontario running all day. 4-H beef calf show runs Sunday. The sand ring will have Western Gaming and Performance horse shows all weekend along with the Exhibition Hall, which will display everything from children’s art work, flower arrangements and field crops, to photography and baking.

Free activities also abound both days: a huge rock climbing wall for all ages, an ever expanding agricultural and environmental education area including The Travellin’ Farmer and The River Institute among many displays, professional face painting and balloon tying, The Pedal Tractor Fun Zone, two talent shows and other contests with cash prizes for competitors. Sunday is also Cotton Candy Day with treats for a number of first arriving children who may want to participate in the second annual Super Hero Kids Run providing free costume accessories to the young participants!

In honour of Canada’s 150th and as a salute to agriculture in our area, the Farm Proud Tractor Parade will run Sunday. The parade will start at Tagwi Secondary School at 11:00 and conclude on the fairgrounds approximately at noon where spectator seating is provided. Antique to modern tractors are invited to participate. Decorations celebrating Canada are encouraged but are not a requirement. Registration for the parade and for many of the fair contests can be found at avonmorefair.ca.

 

 


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