Bet­ter late than never

53rd an­nual Fall Fair in Har­bour Grace fea­tures a busy lineup, say or­ga­niz­ers

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY BILL BOW­MAN

The Trinity Con­cep­tion Agri­foods and Home­crafts Fair will be tak­ing place a lit­tle later than usual this fall. The 53rd an­nual fair is sched­uled to run from Thurs­day, Sept. 29 to Sun­day, Oct. 2.

Dale Coombs, who chairs the fair com­mit­tee, told The Com­pass re­cently they are de­lay­ing the event by just a few days to ac­com­mo­date the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources (Agri­foods branch), which is in­volved in a sim­i­lar event in Cor­ner Brook the week be­fore.

“ They co-host our Coombs ex­plained.

While there are other agri­foods and home­crafts exhibitions held in other parts of the prov­ince, the com­mit­tee chair­woman pointed out, “we are the only one which also hosts the Miss New­found­land and Labrador Pageant.” The Trinity Con­cep­tion Fair has been spon­sor­ing that event since 1959.

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Coombs said they are ex­pect­ing ap­prox­i­mately 70 lo­cal home crafters and ar­ti­sans to ex­hibit their works this year, which will in­clude every­thing from home-grown veg­eta­bles to home­made jew­elry and stone work.

Judges will be on hand to re­view the en­tries and prizes will go to the best-in­show in var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

She said the New­found­land Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture will be bring­ing in some “new in­ter­ac­tive games” for the kids this year.

Men­tion­ing the spell­ing bee, sched­uled for Satur­day, Coombs noted, “this will be the third year for that event.”

As part of this year’s en­ter­tain­ment, Danny Wil­liams — not the former premier, but a young Car­bon­ear man of the same — name will be at the fair with his bal­loon art, face paint­ing and air brush tat­toos, “ which are al­ways pop­u­lar with teens,” ac­cord­ing to the fair com­mit­tee spokes­woman.

School tours have be­come a pop­u­lar fea­ture of the fair in re­cent years. The chair­woman said stu­dents from pri­mary and ele­men­tary schools through­out the Trinity Con­cep­tion re­gion will be at the sta­dium Thurs­day, Sept. 29 and Fri­day, Sept. 30 to take in the pet­ting farm, baby chicks and other at­trac­tions for the chil­dren.

Two pageants planned

Miss Teen Trinity Con­cep­tion will be crowned Thurs­day night, Sept. 29.

The Miss New­found­land and Labrador Pageant will be­gin Satur­day night, with the crown­ing sched­uled for the clos­ing night of the fair on Sun­day, Oct. 2.

Coombs said there will be a “gi­ant pa­rade” through Har­bour Grace Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The an­nual Blue­berry Har­vest Run will take place Sun­day morn­ing, with the baby and prince and princess pageants sched­uled for Sun­day af­ter­noon.

While the events and ac­tiv­i­ties con­tinue in­side the sta­dium, the pop­u­lar Thomas Amuse­ments will be set up out­side for the du­ra­tion of the fair.

“ We’re hop­ing to bring back a pig roast this year,” said Coombs, adding, “ we haven’t got every­thing in place yet.”

But with less than a month to go be­fore open­ing day, the fair com­mit­tee is iron­ing out its fi­nal plans for the four-day event.

Photo by Bill Bow­man/the Com­pass

Garth Ma­haney gives these boards a fresh coat of paint. The boards are used around the stage at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium, which is be­ing read­ied for the 53rd an­nual Trinity-Con­cep­tion Fall Fair, Sept. 29-Oct. 2.

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