25,000 at­tend 168th Ayer’s Cliff Fair

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer's Cliff

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Lit­tle Jeama Young was happy to win a rib­bon with her hand­some calf.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

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.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Fi­nal­ist 4hers try to im­press judge Bruce Kirby with their furry friends.

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