Better late than never
53rd annual Fall Fair in Harbour Grace features a busy lineup, say organizers
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.
Artisans to exhibit work
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.
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.