Stormont County Fair marks 150th anniversary this weekend

Candice Rutley portrays 'Klondike Kate' and carries the first version of the Canadian Red Ensign flag during the historically themed official opening of last year's Stormont County Fair — precursor to this weekend's 150th edition. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Kicks off today, Sept. 1

NEWINGTON — Organizers have worked extra hard to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Stormont County Fair this weekend.

As well as the traditional events fair goers have come to expect, volunteers dressed in period costume will be recreating the sights and sounds of the county’s first fair held in early September 1867. They will also be showcasing the history of the fair over the last century and a half.

“It’s a look back in time on Sunday morning,” said organizer Candice Rutley, with a town crier and the opening of an 1867 fair with the Honourable John Sandfield Macdonald, the brand new premier of Ontario. “That is followed by a speech from none other than the Right Honourable Sir John A.

Macdonald.” The opening begins at 11 a.m. Families can enjoy confederation era games and activities for the children, historical displays and demonstrations including a blacksmith, cheese maker and spinner. Not unlike contemporary fairs, there will be home crafts and lifestyle exhibits. “And for the young, and not so young at heart,” she adds, there will be a lunch box social.

And for the wild at heart , organizers have brought in the authentic Trapper Ron and will also welcome the Grays and Blues of Montreal, a living history association which recreates the daily life of soldiers and civilians from the era.

It’s not a celebration without music and throughout the afternoon The History Buffs Trio and several local musicians will be providing 1860’s entertainment.

The festivities continue on Monday with the return of many of the exhibits. Then the history of the fair unfolds with a British Home Child display, historic firefighting equipment and sheep shearing. A collection of local histories of the fair and the village of Newington, including Tweedsmuir Histories will be on display in the hospitality tent on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

There is also an inaugural event on Monday for horse enthusiasts, says Rutley, with Western Gaming in the new Horil Ring, an anniversary legacy project.

Enjoy the Stormont County Fair — Sept. 1-4, 2017

The Stormont County Fair arrives this weekend with 150th celebrations and so much fun. Check out the video here but also see the Fair website — — for the full list of events.



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