Fun for all at Ayer’s Cliff Fair
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.
Alexandre Martens, from Belgium, learns how to operate heavy machinery while his parents and his sister, Victoria, look on.