Countdown to Ayer’s Cliff Fair
Across the region, ‘farmers’ of all ages and occupations are washing and grooming their animals, trying to coax their vegetables to grow a little bigger, practising the art of floral arrangement and much, much more: The Ayer’s Cliff Fair is coming!
“All the horse entrants are in and we expect everything else to be full as well. Everything’s falling into place,” said Keith MacDonald, the Fair’s president. This year’s Fair
is a little early, running from August 22nd to the 25th.
New at the Fair will be a miniature horse show featuring miniature horses from all over the province. The Santschis, of Kingscroft, who raise and breed some of the smallest horses you’ve ever seen, are organizing this event. Another new activity will be a “Pig Scramble” in front of the grandstand, on Thursday, at 6:30 pm. “We’ll have little pigs and little people scrambling,” said Mr. Macdonald.
Organizers have hired a new midway company: Amusements
Spectaculaires. Instead of the midway opening at noon every day, it will open at 10:00 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 11:00 am on Sunday. The company will bring more rides, fewer carnival games and canteens. And instead of closing at 7:00 pm on Sunday, it will run until 9:00 pm. “That way the midway can be a ‘babysitter’ while the parents enjoy the truck pull on Sunday night!”
Friday is Children’s Day with a special entrance price of $6 for kids from 3 to 12. Suzanne Kohl, who runs the Children’s Games at the annual Hatley Canada Day celebration, will be up to her usual fun on Friday afternoon in front of the Grandstand, organizing foot races, wheelbarrow races, sack races and more.
The Auberge Ayer’s Cliff will be doing the cooking, once again, in the Dining Hall. “They will be serving breakfast, lunch and supper to people who are looking for something different from typical fair food.”
The talent show will take place on Thursday evening. Anyone under eighteen years of age with a particular talent can take part in this event by calling Peter Mackey at 819 345-5324. The professional entertainment starts Friday night with a return appearance by the wildly popular group, La Bottine Souriante. Saturday’s featured performer will be Canadian country music singer, George Canyon.
On Sunday, at 1:30 after the parade, the Hatley 4H club will auction off turkeys to raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation. “People shouldn’t be nervous about going home with a live turkey. The 4H will deliver the turkey all bagged and ready for Thanksgiving dinner. The kids have been raising them all summer long and they won’t be little ten or twelve pounders!” mentioned Mr. MacDonald.
The Fair organizers have started a partnership program to help ensure the event’s perennity. “We’ve sent invitations to our supporters and advertisers and received a good response. We’d like to thank those companies. We’re also very lucky to have a dedicated secretary, dedicated directors, and hundreds of volunteers who work all year long to put on this fair,” concluded the president.
Keith MacDonald is serving his second term as president of the Ayer’s Cliff Fair.