Dundas 4-H Dairy Day goes ahead at the South Mountain ring

See footage of those judged best overall in showmanship on Saturday (above).

DUNDAS — The Dundas County 4-H Club went ahead with its annual Dairy Achievement Day at the South Mountain Fairgrounds yesterday, Aug. 15, during what would have been a regular Saturday highlight of the annual South Mountain Fair this weekend.

Ten competitors and 13 animals took part this year in the show ring at the otherwise silent and empty fairgrounds. The site was devoid of the usual crowds and midway after being cancelled on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local dairy farmer Ian Porteous — whose children are fixtures in the cattle ring each year — said that Dundas 4-H’s various subject clubs have been meeting by Zoom this year. The socially distanced Dairy Day was a rare exception that saw a smaller number than usual gather for the first time in months.

Ian Fraser, judge at the event, said it was his first show of the season, when he would have otherwise performed four or five.

Long-time show announcer and member of the Glengarry Agricultural Hall of Fame Phyllis MacMaster also said it was her first show this year, with just one other, in Williamstown, on her upcoming schedule.

91st summer at the South Mountain Fairgrounds …
This would have been the annual South Mountain Fair weekend, but that couldn’t stop Allison Fawcett (foreground) from stopping in for his 91st consecutive appearance at the site anyway. The occasion was the 4-H Dairy Achievement Day, which occupied the show ring despite the absent crowds and midway. Fawcett’s son, Hugh, sits in the driver’s seat. Fawcett also had the pleasure of watching his great-grandchildren competing in the show ring. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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