Count­down to Ayer’s Cliff Fair

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer's Cliff

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.

Photo Ar­chives

Keith Mac­Don­ald is serv­ing his sec­ond term as pres­i­dent of the Ayer’s Cliff Fair.

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