158 years of fun at the Rus­sell Fair

The 158th edi­tion of the Rus­sell Fair was held from Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 8, to Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 11, at­trac­ting hun­dreds of people from the area for four straight, jam-pa­cked days of ac­ti­vi­ties for the whole fa­mi­ly.

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - DA­NIC LE­GAULT da­nic.le­gault@eap.on.ca

The 158th edi­tion of the Rus­sell Fair was held from Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 8, to Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 11, at­trac­ting hun­dreds of people from the area for four straight, jam-pa­cked days of ac­ti­vi­ties for the whole fa­mi­ly.

The fes­ti­vi­ties were ki­cked off on Wed­nes­day, Sep­tem­ber 7, with the ope­ning ce­re­mo­nies while the gates to the fair­grounds were open to all on Thurs­day night, al­lo­wing kids and grow­nups alike to go on the nu­me­rous rides that were ins­tal­led throu­ghout the wee­kend.

Ac­ti­vi­ties car­ried on in­to Fri­day with va­rious agri­cul­tu­ral ex­hi­bits fol­lo­wed by the Su­per Gym­kha­na wes­tern games. The eve­ning was la­ter cap­ped off with shows by tri­bute bands Ab­so­lute Jour­ney and Fleet­wood Mac Ma­nia.

The an­tique equip­ment and clas­sic au­to and bike shows were held on Sa­tur­day, as well as ma­ny re­pre­sen­ta­tions of Na­tu­ral hor­se­man­ship de­mons­tra­tions and the fa­mous Ul­ti­mutts Stunt Dog Show.

Fur­ther­more, a strong­man com­pe­ti­tion was held du­ring the day and Mayor Pierre Le­roux par­ti­ci­pa­ted, fi­ni­shing 4th in his cat- ego­ry. Ho­we­ver, the main event of the fair, which at­trac­ted hun­dreds, the de­mo­li­tion der­by, was held la­ter on in the eve­ning. Drivers from around the re­gion were gi­ven the chance, both in in­di­vi­dual and team events, to crash in­to each other and des­troy their cars in a fun and com­pe­ti­tive way.

The last day of the fair was ki­cked off with a pan­cake break­fast at the are­na, spon­so­red by Giant Ti­ger. Other ac­ti­vi­ties du­ring the day in­clu­ded the Fall cut­ting horse com­pe­ti­tion, show by the Rus­sell men’s choir as well as the farm and lawn trac­tor pulls that were held in the af­ter­noon.

In ad­di­tion to the nu­me­rous dif­ferent rides, there were va­rious other ac­ti­vi­ties or­ga­ni­sed at the fair du­ring the wee­kend such as a pet­ting zoo, face pain­ting and pe­dal go-karts. Shows by Mys­tic Drumz and ma­gi­cian John Pert were al­so pre­sen­ted at the kids’ tent.

—photo Da­nic Le­gault

The fa­mous an­nual Rus­sell Fair de­mo­li­tion der­by was held on Sa­tur­day Sep­tem­ber 10, at­trac­ting hun­dreds and over­crow­ding the blea­chers. Drivers from around the re­gion were gi­ven the chance, both in in­di­vi­dual and team events, to crash in­to each other and des­troy their cars in a fun and com­pe­ti­tive way.

—photo Da­nic Le­gault

The gates to the fair grounds were open to all on Thurs­day night, al­lo­wing kids and grow­nups alike to go on the nu­me­rous rides that were set up for the wee­kend.

—photo Da­nic Le­gault

Drivers of big farm trac­tors and small lawn mo­wers alike got the chance to test their ma­chines, both stock and mo­di­fied, du­ring the trac­tor pull held at Rus­sell fair on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 11.

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