24,000 come out to Ayer’s Cliff Fair!

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

“This year’s Fair was a re­sound­ing suc­cess and we were very sat­is­fied. Mother Na­ture dealt us a good card and it was the last real week­end be­fore school starts up again, so a good time to see friends and fam­ily at the Fair. We’re now boast­ing that we’ve had three and four gen­er­a­tions of ex­hibitors at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair,” com­mented the Fair’s vice-pres­i­dent, An­gus MacK­in­non, in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal on Mon­day.

Last visi­tor count for the 169th edi­tion of the Ayer’s Cliff Fair was around 24,000; def­i­nitely a good year. “The Grand­stand was burst­ing at the seams on Sun­day night for the Truck Pull – peo­ple came out in droves,” con­tin­ued Mr. MacK­in­non. The live mu­si­cal shows, fea­tur­ing Dany Flan­ders on Thurs­day night, Les Coun­try Girls on Fri­day night, and Doc Walker on Satur­day night were also well-at­tended.

Even though there are fewer and fewer farms in the re­gion, the barns and sta­bles on the Fair­grounds were full. Some of the top tro­phy win­ners in­cluded the Ferme Rog­gua, of Stanstead, for top Hol­stein. The Morin Fam­ily, of Mel­bourne, won top prize in the Ayr­shire cat­e­gory. Dale Mosher re­ceived the Jim Kanna Award for his horse rid­ing in the speed classes. Al­though Mr. MacK­in­non didn’t take part in the horse com­pe­ti­tions this year, he did en­joy watch­ing his daugh­ter, Martha MacK­in­non, win the Jim Kanna Prize for Youth Horse­man­ship.

The 4H’s Pig Scram­ble, now in its sec­ond year, is be­com­ing a real crowd­pleaser. Al­most thirty young kids ran around try­ing to catch lit­tle piglets with al­most ev­ery­one go­ing home with a live, young and squeal­ing prize to raise. “My niece caught one of the pigs but she lives in town, so I’ll get to raise it,” said the vice-pres­i­dent. That’s what hap­pens when “The City meets the Coun­try”! The 4H Live Tur­key Auc­tion, held on Sun­day af­ter the pa­rade, net­ted al­most $2,500 for the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion. The ‘top tur­key’ raised a wal­lop­ing $1,200 af­ter the Beef ex­hibitors at the Fair got to­gether to bid on it. It weighed close to thirty pounds!

An­other rel­a­tively new event, the Minia­ture Horse Show, is more pop­u­lar with the crowd ev­ery year and, now the largest Minia­ture Horse Show in Que­bec, at­tract­ing minia­ture horse breed­ers from near and far. The agility con­test, that has the horses al­most do­ing cir­cus tricks, is a crowd favourite.

“It was a great week­end and it was great to see all the smiles on the faces. The Fair wouldn’t be a suc­cess with­out the hun­dreds of vol­un­teers who come back ev­ery year to help. Some peo­ple who have moved away from the area ac­tu­ally plan their holidays around the Ayer’s Cliff Fair so they can come and do eight or nine hours of vol­un­teer work. We also have a great of­fice staff, re­laxed and un­der con­trol all week-end, and great sup­port from the Sureté du Que­bec,” con­cluded Mr. MacK­in­non.

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