See you at the Ayer's Cliff Fair !

ACF the place to be

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Stephanie Anna Ruf, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

Whenyou ask what the Ayer's Cliff Fair rep­re­sents, mixed an­swers come in. The over­all re­sponse is fun, fam­ily, to­geth­er­ness and great mem­o­ries. Some even met the love of their life while wear­ing cow­boy boots and drink­ing lemon­ade.

For the past 169 years the Ayer's Cliff Fair has known to en­ter­tain young and old. In 1845, the first edi­tion of the ACF was farm­ers who got to­gether to ex­change ideas about farm­ing. Dur­ing this then, one day event, lo­cals would bring their cat­tle and crop for com­pe­ti­tion. 68 years later, in 1913 it be­came a three day event with horse races be­ing the main at­trac­tion. Lit­tle did they know, 169 years later, it would be one of the most an­tic­i­pated au­tumn four-day event dur­ing which city folk turn into coun­try folk, com­ing from all over Canada, United States and even Europe to see and taste the won­ders that this well or­ga­nized yearly agri­cul­tural fair has to of­fer. Past events show the suc­cess of the Fair. In 2010 it rained "cats and dogs" but the show must go on, and it did! Peo­ple still showed up. Why you may ask, and the an­swer is sim­ple. At the gate, you are greeted by the fa­mil­iar smil­ing faces who of­fer you ei­ther a day or all week­end pass giv­ing you ac­cess to all ex­hibits, rides and en­ter­tain­ment. Har­ness races, Zumba classes, cat­tle com­pe­ti­tion, Pa­rade and truck pulls, line danc­ing, arts and crafts, Gymkhana and much more is sure to fill your day. With its many rides through­out the mid­way, Car­naval games and mul­ti­ple food stands you're guar­an­teed to find some­thing that will ei­ther make your tummy very happy or ei­ther very up­set. I re­mem­ber my nieces and nephew ask­ing me to go on the ride called "Free Fall". Be­ing that they asked so nicely, I will­ingly agreed how­ever as soon as the ride went up.... I re­mem­bered why I didn't do them any­more at the age of 33. Once your chil­dren are ex­hausted from play­ing in the rides, take a stroll through the mul­ti­ple kiosks that of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of things from dream catch­ers and cow­boy hats to trail­ers and Al­paca sweaters. Should you want to go crazy you can even get a tat­too or pierc­ing! And make sure you have some change, so you can grab a bag of fresh popped Corn at the Pi­o­neer kiosk. Not only is the ACF very en­ter­tain­ing it is also ed­u­ca­tional. While you are walk­ing through the barns, whether it be horses, cat­tle, pigs, sheep, chicken or bun­nies, the own­ers are more than happy to an­swer any ques­tions you may have. Should you not be sat­is­fied by sim­ply look­ing at these beau­ti­ful an­i­mals, there is a pet­ting zoo where you can sink your fin­gers into their beau­ti­ful fur or pet their soft coat. Di­eters be­ware, you have been warned: Kale is not on the menu at the ACF. There is the clas­sic Bob's Derby Can­teen that of­fers break­fast for the campers as early as 5 AM and who can for­get about a blos­som onion that is sure to awaken your taste buds. Should you wish to have a more sit down re­lax meal, the din­ing hall of­fers a great se­lec­tion. Save room for dessert, at ei­ther the 4H Ice Cream stand where the young mem­bers and their fam­ily will serve lo­cal ice cream with a smile or get your fill of home­made cook­ies and cake in the Tea Room run by the Women's In­sti­tute. At dusk, the mid­way comes to life with the beau­ti­ful lights. The grand­stand of­fers a dif­fer­ent show ev­ery night that at­tracts a large crowd. Later on, when the younger ones go to bed, the adults can go have a drink at the beer tent, two-step the night away while en­joy the live band. Sun­day evening of­fers the Truck pull where the grand­stand is al­ways burst­ing at the seam with view­ers. Make sure to come early to have a good seat. With the smell of Ethanol in the air, the feel­ing is bit­ter-sweet, know­ing that there are only hours left to the ACF. To us lo­cals, the fair sym­bol­izes the end of sum­mer but also the be­gin­ning of another school year. As a child, I was very dis­ap­pointed ev­ery year be­cause school started that Thurs­day of the fair and we would have to miss Thurs­day along with Fri­day, but come Mon­day we all com­pared sto­ries of our week­end fun and planned for next year! This week­end, dur­ing the 170th edi­tion of the ACF, while you en­joy the sights and sounds, (along with the smells) make sure to thank the vol­un­teers, or­ga­niz­ers and spon­sors for mak­ing it once again a year to re­mem­ber.

Seen here its many rides through­out the mid­way, Car­naval games and mul­ti­ple

food stands set up for a week­end of fun and laugh­ter.

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