‘It’s a community event’
LOCAL Cape Breton County Farmers’ Exhibition begins Monday
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.
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.