Fun week­end ahead at Port Hope Fair

Northumberland Today - - NEWS - VA­LERIE MACDON­ALD

PORT HOPE — For 185 years the Port Hope and Dis­trict Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety has worked with the com­mu­nity to hosst the an­nual Port Hope Fair, and that comes with a lot of tra­di­tion.

But there will be a real mod­ern touch on the open­ing evening of the 186th fair this Fri­day with a Zumba Party.

It will be held on the out­door stage on the fair­grounds on El­gin Street, says Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Con­nie Martinell. It starts at 8 p.m.

“Thelma Dil­lion is from the Northum­ber­land Filipino com­mu­nity (and) she runs a high en­ergy Zumba stu­dio in Cobourg; the dance party is sure to ex­cite fair­go­ers of all ages,” promises a me­dia re­lease.

At the same time as the Zimba Par­ty­takes place, there will be square danc­ing at the Fall Fair Cen­tre, Martinell said.

Fri­day night will also in­clude a tal­ent show, ex­hibits and, of course, the rides and games of the Mid­way.

Also Fri­day night, the new “fair am­bas­sador” will be re­vealed tak­ing over from the cur­rent per­son in that po­si­tion, Kara Har­man.

The new am­bas­sador will fin­ish out 2017 and serve into 2018, Martinell said.

Three peo­ple have won a pair of week­end passes worth $20 each for shar­ing their favourite mem­o­ries of past fairs and they are Amanda Bjer­ring, Ash­ley Rozan­ski and Cathy Bibeau Wil­liams, states the Fair’s web site.

For those not buy­ing a week­end pass, it costs $8 for ev­ery­one over the age of 12 to buy a sin­gle ticket to en­ter the fair.

There will also be the usual events in­volv­ing horses, chick­ens, cows and, of course, the Port Hope Fair Truck & Trac­tor Pull through­out the week­end.

There is also a mu­si­cal line up Satur­day which in­cludes the Greg Han­nah Band at 12:30 af­ter the 11:15 a.m. Joy­ful Noise choir en­ter­tains.

Blue Room plays at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., with Mud­men play­ing at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Union Duke plays at 1 and 3 pm on Sun­day.

If you want to know all of the things chil­dren will be in­ter­ested in at the fair, go to www.porthope­­ter­tain­ment/es­pe­cial­ly­for-kids.

Through­out Satur­day and Sun­day there will also be pot­ter demon­stra­tions, states the fair’s web­site.

“The fair takes place in the build­ings and through­out the grounds of the Town Agri­cul­tural Park, with the ever-pop­u­lar de­mo­li­tion derby, truck and trac­tor pulls, horse shows, aerial per­for­mances, and amuse­ment rides to add to the mu­sic,” sum­ma­rizes the me­dia re­lease.

“As well, a show­case of lo­cal artists will fea­ture demon­stra­tions of knit­ting, needle­work, rug hook­ing, yarn spin­ning and pot­tery, plus cook­ing demon­stra­tions with Road to the Royal farm to ta­ble event.

“The Port Hope Fair is a pro­gram of the Port Hope and Dis­trict Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, aimed at pro­mot­ing con­ser­va­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources and sup­port­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that en­rich the ru­ral life­style.”


Port Hope Fair Board di­rec­tors Candy Sell­ers (R) and Con­nie Martinell (also pres­i­dent) were busy Wed­nes­day morn­ing with last minute de­tails of the fair open­ing Fri­day. Carter Shows Mid­way work­ers were set­ting up the 21 rides that will be there un­til Sun­day when the fair closes.

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