The Knit Wits host a Canada 150 fibre display at Stormont Country Fair’s 150th Anniversary

Seen in above photo: Savanna Rochon of Ingleside stitching her 1867 costume. She is a member of the Knit Wits, a Stormont County 4H knitting club which will be sharing their love of all things wool at a Celebration 150 event at the Stormont County Fair in Newington on September 3-4. Courtesy photo

STORMONT – The Knit Wits, a Stormont County 4-H knitting club, are gearing up for a Confederation Celebration of Fibre at the Stormont County Fair in Newington on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4.

The Knit Wits demonstration and display will celebrate the rich agricultural history of Canada on its 150th birthday as well as the 150th anniversary of the Stormont County Fair. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday they will be part of a recreation of the first fair which took place in early September 1867.   

Dressed in period costume and using materials available at that time the Knits Wits will invite visitors to try their hand at spinning with a drop spindle or knitting on a simple 1867 accessory. They will be back again on Monday when the history of the fair is the theme of the day.

“Not only are we happy to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation”, said Lillian Smith, president of the Stormont 4-H Association, “but also very excited to be able to do it on the anniversary of our county fair.”

“The Knit Wits are one of many clubs in the county that exemplify how the 4-H movement is empowering youth and bringing together Canadians to celebrate, share experiences and build stronger communities.”

The Knit Wits are recipients of a 4-H Connecting Canadians Fund grant,  part of 4-H Canada’s Signature Event for Canada 150 acknowledging the role 4-H plays in shaping strong youth leaders and vibrant communities. This funding is part of a series of cross-country community celebrations supported by the Government of Canada, TransCanada and McDonald’s Canada.



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