Brome Fair

Sherbrooke Record - - LO­CAL NEWS -

to can­cel Sun­day's tra­di­tional cat­tle and horse pa­rade. The mid­way also closed. With their own gen­er­a­tors they did have power, but no cus­tomers. One could right­fully say, 'noth­ing was cookin'' at Brome Fair un­til Mon­day.

But the water drained away through the night and Hy­dro came through with emer­gency equip­ment and new trans­form­ers, food con­ces­sions were back in busi­ness and, most im­por­tantly, har­ness race fans found races on sched­ule and pari-mutuel bet­ting booths open for busi­ness af­ter lunch Mon­day..

The level of stress in the fair of­fice was pretty much back to nor­mal as at­ten­dance num­bers be­gan to come in. "We won't break records this year but at­ten­dance is pretty much what we con­sider nor­mal," said Guy­laine Te­treault, fair sec­re­tary and man­ager. Ernie Banks, direc­tor and past pres­i­dent com­par­ing notes with his good friend, direc­tor and also a past pres­i­dent Gay­lon Davis agreed they slipped past what could have been very dis­cour­ag­ing news es­pe­cially as they be­gin to con­tem­plate plans for the next fair.

The heavy rain made a soup of the track Satur­day, forc­ing the can­cel­la­tion of some horse classes sched­uled for the judge's cir­cle in front of the grand­stand on Sun­day. For the most part how­ever, ex­hibitors were al­most re­lieved there was no pa­rade to pre­pare for and by Mon­day af­ter­noon, barns and sta­bles were the scene of fam­ily and friends gath­er­ing for a so­cial time as they be­gan the chore of get­ting packed up and ready to leave the grounds af­ter 6pm.

Walk­ing slowly among groups of vis­i­tors, con­ver­sa­tions seem to hover be­tween a bit of dis­ap­point­ment there was no pa­rade and 'my this is a per­fect fair day, not too hot, a bit of sun and not too many peo­ple to shoul­der through'.

The pres­i­dent So­phie Giroux and sev­eral direc­tors com­mented on the pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing of ex­hibitors and mid­way folks and con­ces­sion­aires on the grounds through a dif­fi­cult Satur­day night and Sun­day. They all ex­pressed thanks to one and all, and by Mon­day clos­ing time, spe­cial thanks to the public who made a spe­cial ef­fort to come to the fair Mon­day, no mat­ter what. A walk around the mid­way proved them right as, by mid af­ter­noon, there were still long lines of young and not so young wait­ing to take one last ride. Food con­ces­sion­aires were still busy and kiosks had not started to pack up. “I would say, tak­ing ev­ery­thing into con­sid­er­a­tion, we'll chalk up an­other good year," said Gay­lon Davis, as clos­ing hour approached and trucks and trail­ers be­gan to move onto the grounds ready to trans­port cat­tle and horses home - or wait - maybe to an­other fair?

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