25,000 attend 168th Ayer’s Cliff Fair
The weather was on the side of the Ayer’s Cliff Fair’s organizers over the weekend which featured warm but not too hot temperatures and lots of sun, raining only on Thursday afternoon and evening. “If we were going to have rain, then Thursday was the day to have it,” said a happy Fair president, Keith MacDonald. “The Grandstand couldn’t have been more full on Saturday and Sunday. Usually about $13,000 is bet at the horse
races on Saturday afternoon but, this year, about $18,000 was bet,” added Mr. MacDonald. Another indication of a huge crowd was the fact that the parking attendants had to close off the parking on Saturday night, before the George Canyon concert. “And when the parking on the streets goes as far as Ripplecove, you know there are a lot of people around.”
Some of the Fair’s new activities proved to be pretty popular. “A lot of people liked the Pig Scramble on Thursday night and the Miniature Horse show got a good crowd,” said the president. The live turkey auction which was held by members of the Hatley 4H club for the second year in a row raised an impressive $1,600 for the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Feedback about the new carnival provider, Amusements Spectaculaires, was all good. “They didn’t park their campers around the rides but off the grounds, instead. That gave the midway a more open feeling. I’m sure there were more people but it wasn’t as congested.”
“I’d like to thank the directors, the secretary, all the volunteers and the community for turning out in such large numbers,” concluded Mr. MacDonald.
Krista Whelan, of Gould, was the winner of the Doug Johnston Memorial Award for overall best showperson. She’s seen here (middle) receiving her trophy from Hatley 4H president, Wyatt Johnston, who was representing the Johnston family. Also in the photo are (l. to r.) judge Samuel ClairCoté, Reserve Grand Champion showperson Tony Sutherland, judge Jeremiah Cox, judge Bruce Kirby, judge Shane Coates, and Annette Santschi who received Honorable Mention overall.
Little Jeama Young was happy to win a ribbon with her handsome calf.
Emilie Proulx accepts her plaque for finishing first with a two-horse hitch,
driving Alan George’s Clydesdales.
Local politicians addressed the crowd, NDP MP Jean Rousseau (top) and Orford MNA Pierre Reid, during
the official opening of the Fair.
Finalist 4hers try to impress judge Bruce Kirby with their furry friends.