Early Fair for 169th edi­tion

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

The trail­ers full of horses and cows and the semi-trail­ers that trans­form into those thrilling rides have be­gun ar­riv­ing on the Ayer’s Cliff Fair­grounds, get­ting ready for the 169th Ayer’s Cliff Fair which runs from Au­gust 21st to the 24th. The fair­grounds are look­ing bet­ter than they have in years with a fresh coat of paint on the Main Build­ing, a newly-painted roof on the Grand­stand, and new fenc­ing around the Mid­way. “We’ve been a lit­tle busier than nor­mal with those ren­o­va­tions this year, and we’ve also re­filled all the light horse stalls with new sand. But all the cat­tle barns still need paint­ing,” ex­plained Keith MacDon­ald, the Fair’s pres­i­dent.

“Tues­day and Wed­nes­day of this week are always the busiest days, even busier than when the Fair is on. Once it starts it just seems to take on a life of its own! We haven’t had any big chal­lenges this year. We’re very for­tu­nate that ev­ery­one steps up to the plate, tak­ing care of their side of things,” added Mr. MacDon­ald. Amuse­ments Spec­tac­u­laires will han­dle the Mid­way for a sec­ond year in a row while an­i­mal judg­ing com­pe­ti­tions, a pet­ting zoo, pony rides and craft ta­bles will pro­vide qui­eter di­ver­sions. A Pig Scram­ble, or­ga­nized by the Hat­ley 4H Club, will have about thirty young kids chas­ing a pig, pos­si­bly greased, in front of the Grand­stand on Thurs­day even­ing, right be­fore the lo­cal tal­ent con­test that be­gins at 6:30 pm. Cir­cus acts will be per­formed by mem­bers of the Arestov Cir­cus Acts com-

pany on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day, also in front of the Grand­stand.

Visi­tors with chil­dren should make sure and visit the Kid­die Cor­ner build­ing this time around – they’ll find some­thing new in­side. A por­tion of the build­ing was taken over for the fair’s ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent, a re­quire­ment of the gov­ern­ment. In the new sec­tion, be­sides learn­ing about dif­fer­ent kinds of farm an­i­mals and crops, the kids can play farm-themed games and try milk­ing an au­to­mated cow.

“The live, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment in the Grand­stand will be­gin Thurs­day night with lo­cal favourite Dany Flan­ders. Fri­day night’s mu­si­cal guests are the pop­u­lar Que­bec act Les Coun­try Girls fea­tur­ing tele­vi­sion and film ac­tresses Sylvie Moreau and San­dra Du­maresq. “They sing a lot of old coun­try clas­sics,” said Mr. MacDon­ald. Cana­dian Mu­sic Awards win­ning band Doc Walker, all the way from Man­i­toba, will un­doubt­edly fill the Grand­stand on Satur­day night. Lo­cal band Slightly Hag­gard will per­form in the Re­cre­ation Cen­tre on Fri­day and Satur­day night.

Har­ness rac­ing and Pari Mu­tual Bet­ting is back with about ten races on Satur­day af­ter­noon, be­gin­ning at 1:00 pm. “Peo­ple can bet as lit­tle as a dol­lar on a race. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to take part,” com­mented Mr. MacDon­ald.

And don’t for­get, if you’re feel­ing lucky and don’t mind watch­ing a cow wan­der around aim­lessly un­til the spirit moves her, try play­ing Cow Pie Bingo on the Fair­grounds on Satur­day af­ter­noon – it’s a fundraiser for the stu­dents of Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary.

The live­stock pa­rade on Sun­day af­ter­noon, at 1:30 pm, will be fol­lowed by the live tur­key auc­tion of the Hat­ley 4H Club to raise money for the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion. “The Truck Pull will be the big fi­nale on Sun­day night,” con­cluded the pres­i­dent.

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Fair pres­i­dent Keith MacDon­ald is hop­ing for big crowds at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair this week­end.

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