‘It’s a com­mu­nity event’

LO­CAL Cape Bre­ton County Farm­ers’ Ex­hi­bi­tion be­gins Mon­day

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com Twit­ter: @CBPost_Jeremy

The week head­ing into the Cape Bre­ton County Farm­ers Ex­hi­bi­tion is al­ways hec­tic for or­ga­niz­ers, but that has not taken the smile off Pauline MacLeod’s face.

MacLeod, the fa­cil­i­ties man­ager of the ex­hi­bi­tion, could be seen run­ning around the ex­hi­bi­tion grounds and an­swer­ing phones on Thurs­day as prepa­ra­tions con­tin­ued for this year’s week­long event.

“It’s been crazy, but it’s a fun crazy,” laughed MacLeod. “We look for­ward to the event each year, we know it’s com­ing and it’s a fun crazy be­cause there are a lot of laughs as we pre­pare.”

The 101st Cape Bre­ton County Farm­ers Ex­hi­bi­tion will get un­der­way at the Cape Bre­ton Ex­hi­bi­tion Grounds in North Syd­ney on Mon­day. The an­nual event wraps up on Aug. 19.

MacLeod be­lieves the ex­hi­bi­tion is a big event for the North Syd­ney com­mu­nity.

“It’s huge to the com­mu­nity,” said MacLeod. “Ev­ery­one is ex­cited about the ex­hi­bi­tion and ev­ery­one en­joys com­ing back each year.”

This year’s ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture many tra­di­tional events in­clud­ing live horse shows. How­ever, there are some new ad­di­tions.

Some of the new events in­clude an oxen show as well as wrestling on Thurs­day. The famous Beaver­tails, which were re­cently at RibFest in Syd­ney and across the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity this week, will also be at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“We did have to change a few things this year be­cause of sched­ul­ing and due to fund­ing,” said MacLeod. “We’ve changed things up a lit­tle bit to try to at­tract new peo­ple.”

As part of the ex­hi­bi­tion, Hinchey’s Rides and Amuse­ments will be on site and there will also be a host of ven­dors set up in the food court dur­ing the week as well as booths set up in the com­mer­cial build­ing.

MacLeod stressed that although the ex­hi­bi­tion takes place in North Syd­ney, it’s not just for res­i­dents of the North­side.

“It’s a com­mu­nity event, it’s a Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­hi­bi­tion,” said MacLeod. “We would like for ev­ery­one to come and see what we have and en­joy the day.”

MacLeod noted if it wasn’t for the suc­cess of the ex­hi­bi­tion each year, lo­cal com­mu­nity groups wouldn’t be able to use the ex­hi­bi­tion fa­cil­ity through­out the year.

“Don’t think of it as you’re just com­ing to the ex­hi­bi­tion, think that you’re giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and help­ing non-profit groups,” said MacLeod.

In or­der to make the ex­hi­bi­tion a suc­cess each year, MacLeod cred­its the lo­cal vol­un­teers for their count­less hours of ded­i­ca­tion.

“We are thank­ful to have such a good sup­port sys­tem, we have so many vol­un­teers who just know what they’re do­ing and we wouldn’t be able to put it on each year with­out them,” said MacLeod.

MacLeod en­cour­ages res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to at­tend this year’s events.

“There are things here that peo­ple don’t get to see any­where else,” said MacLeod. “It’s an amaz­ing day out.”

The Cape Bre­ton County Farm­ers Ex­hi­bi­tion is open daily at 10 a.m.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Pauline MacLeod, fa­cil­i­ties man­ager of the Cape Bre­ton Ex­hi­bi­tion, is shown in front of a car­ni­val game as prepa­ra­tion con­tin­ued Thurs­day for this year’s Cape Bre­ton County Farm­ers Ex­hi­bi­tion. The week­long ex­hi­bi­tion be­gins on Mon­day in North Syd­ney.

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