Fun for all at Ayer’s Cliff Fair

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

Whether from near or far, ev­ery­one seemed to be hav­ing fun at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair, on Fri­day. In the Main Build­ing, Mary Ras­mussen, of North Hat­ley, was show­ing Chloe Shahinian, from Mon­treal, how to hook a rug. Be­side them, Judy Bachelder, from Georgeville, was demon­strat­ing the prac­ti­cal art of chair can­ing.

In the farm equip­ment ex­hibit, twelve year-old Alexan­dre Martens, from Bel­gium, was op­er­at­ing a back­hoe, try­ing to knock ten­nis balls off of con­struc­tion cones, crush­ing one in the process; sure to be one of the most mem­o­rable mo­ments from his first trip to Que­bec. Joleen and Con­nie Smith, both from Stanstead, were tak­ing ad­van­tage of Fri­day’s spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren with their young crew: Grace, Caleb and Dy­lan Knight and Taryn Ot­toSmith. “They’re all hav­ing a great time,” said Joleen.

Ian El­li­son, from Cape Cod, was vis­it­ing the fair with his chil­dren, Jaden and Evie. “We’ve been com­ing to this area for years to visit my brother, and his boys said how much fun they al­ways had at the Fair, so we changed our sched­ule so we could come. They’re re­ally hav­ing fun,” said Mr. El­li­son. “I love the spin­ning straw­ber­ries,” said Jaden, while Evie “loved the big boat.” “My favourite was vis­it­ing the baby an­i­mals and see­ing the looks on the faces of my kids,” said their dad, adding: “I’ve also no­ticed a real sense of com­mu­nity go­ing on here.” He cer­tainly got that right!

Af­ter ar­riv­ing in Canada only one month ago from Colom­bia, Rafael and Irina Me­jia Martelo, and their young daugh­ter Irene, had just met some baby an­i­mals at the pet­ting zoo when I spoke with them. “We’ve been in Sher­brooke only one month but we heard about this Fair,” said Irina, smil­ing as she prac­ticed her English.

Is­mael Barabé, from Granby, lived in Ayer’s Cliff for a cou­ple of years so the eigh­teen year-old likes to come back at Fair time to visit the Fair and old friends. “I come for the rides,” he ad­mit­ted. His friend, Michel Per­reault, has been liv­ing in Ayer’s Cliff for eigh­teen years and has come to the Fair ev­ery year. “I love the Zip­per the best but it hasn’t been there for two years!” said Michel, ut­ter­ing the only crit­i­cism I heard all day!

From Stanstead (bot­tom at left) were mothers Joleen (left) and

Con­nie Smith and their chil­dren

(l. to r.) Caleb Knight, Dy­lan

Knight, Taryn Otto-Smith and Grace Knight in the stroller. At the right are Irina and Rafael Me­jia

Martelo and their daugh­ter, Irene, all orig­i­nally from Colom­bia.

Al­though the El­li­son fam­ily has been vis­it­ing the area for years, it was the first visit to the Ayer’s Cliff Fair for Ian El­li­son and his chil­dren, Evie and Jaden, all from Cape Cod.

Pho­tos Vic­to­ria Vanier

Alexan­dre Martens, from Bel­gium, learns how to op­er­ate heavy ma­chin­ery while his par­ents and his sis­ter, Vic­to­ria, look on.

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