Sherbrooke Winter Fair Remembered
The Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society will host an hour of remembrances led by Richard Evans of the old Sherbrooke Winter Fair and Horse Show.
For many years a feature of October life was the winter fair and horse show at the old arena and exhibition grounds, then operated by the Eastern Townships Agricultural Association.
For several days breeders of livestock showed beef cattle, sheep and light horses, there also being a focus on animals ready for meat markets; sometimes referred to as “the fat stock show”. All of those events are still fondly remembered by those who showed stock and those who as youngsters competed in showmanship and judging events. Unlike the summer fair there was no midway or grandstand shows or harness races so the smaller crowds who came were truly interested in the stock and the skills displayed in showmanship. In the evenings the old arena was home to a showing of light horses in saddle events, fancy gear, high stepping hackneys, ponies and jumping events. Then there were the auctions of prize slaughter steers and market lambs with market bragging rights going to buyers not just locally but from Montreal and beyond. Local and Montreal papers proudly proclaimed the availability of meat from these prize purchases.
Among those expected to come and share memories will be Doug Page, Ardyth Painter Davidson, Beverley Bennett Loomis, Eldon Macdonald and Bob Laberge. Folk from across the area who also have recollections are invited to come to Uplands at 9 Speid Street in Lennoxville for 7 pm on Monday November 18th.