Sher­brooke Win­ter Fair Re­mem­bered

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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.

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