CHESTERVILLE — The 2018 Chesterville Fair got underway yesterday evening by honouring some key past members of the Chesterville Agricultural Society, the entity behind the annual, 87-year-old Fair.
Dan Gasser, a director of the Society, served as emcee at the official opening in front of the grandstands, an event that specially recognized George Countryman, the late Tommy Parker, Barry Billingham and Shirley Coons for meritorious service. They were conferred with awards that came through the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies — the broader provincial organization to which the Chesterville Fair belongs as a member.
Prior to the 6:30 p.m. official opening, the fairgrounds buzzed with activity as volunteers prepared for the weekend event. In the Exhibition Hall, judges selected the winners of the best preserves, baked goods, quilts and other entries in the annual homecraft competition.
Friday concluded with more competing machines than ever in the truck pull, a fairly new but popular attraction that filled the grandstands with spectators. The Bordertowne Boys played the arena stage afterward, part of a series of bands scheduled all weekend at this year’s Fair, which features a larger emphasis on musical acts.
Tonight’s ever-popular demolition derby will be followed by Eddy and the Stingrays on the arena stage. The refreshment plays host to daytime bands and performers all weekend, part of the “McCloskey Music Series” set up with the help of the Chesterville establishment.
See the Fair’s full schedule below. Bookmark to keep in the palm of your hand while visiting the Fair this weekend.