Trinity Conception Fall Fair celebrates 55 years
S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium to host thousands Sept. 24-29
The sounds of bells and whistles, the sight of colourful flashing lights and the smell of fresh popcorn are the first things those attending the 55th Trinity Conception Agrifoods and Homecrafts Fall Fair at the SW Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace will experience.
When the gates open on Tuesday, Sept. 24, visitors will be met by Thomas Amusements and dozens of games and activities.
The touring carnival also brings along some of its thrilling amusement park rides, including the Tornado — a spinning ride with strobe lights — and the Rock-O-Plane — a caged Ferris wheel that flips upside down.
Candy and caramel apples, cotton candy and other carnival staples can be found at booths along the fair grounds.
Beginning Thursday evening, Sept. 26, fairgoers can move past the busy excitement of the carnival to the entrance of the stadium, where much more awaits.
Booths and displays
Like in previous years, the provincial Department of Natural Resources, agrifoods division has partnered with the Fall Fair to host booths promoting Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture and local foods.
Special guest Moonika the cow will also be on hand for visitors to meet.
Many local vendors will showcase their own homemade crafts and products, including farmers, bakers and woodworkers among others.
Judges will be there to rate and grade produce and preserves from the vendors and present winners with best-in-show awards.
This year a new addition has been made to the fair.
An exciting adventure featuring exotic reptiles awaits those who go upstairs to the arena’s multipurpose room.
Newfoundland Reptiles has joined the event to give children from the region the opportunity to get up close and personal with lizards, turtles and snakes. They can even meet Marshmallow, a three-and-a-half metre albino Burmese python weighing some 27 kilograms.
Visitors can meet the slithery creatures while the booths are open to the public during the week, Friday evening or all day Saturday and Sunday.
Schools will have the opportunity to take tours of the booths and displays as well. More than 2,000 students are expected to attend.
Two pageant showcases
Trinity Conception pageants announced in April it would be offering two titles this year.
One young lady between the ages of 14-18 will be crowned the ninth Miss Teen Trinity Conception by outgoing teen queen Jessie Fewer of Cupids.
The 10 competitors in this category are Rebecca Bishop, Mallory Gillespie, Jessica Slade, Heather Higdon, Brianna Lewis, Rebecca Leaman, Jessica O’Keefe, Kristen Sheppard, Kylie Jackson and April Squires.
During the same event, another contestant will be named the first Trinity Conception Junior Miss. This contestant will be between the ages of nine and 13.
The junior category has an exceptional 18 contestants competing. They are Sarah Knight, Ailleen Pike, Shianne Emberley, Maddison Jackson, Alicia Penney, Emily Butt, Destiny Reid, Trinity Deering, Allison Ash Squibb, Amber Furey, Shara Emberley, Amber Costello, Sumer Parsons, Johnna Pike, Claire Pinsent, Katie Burke, Camryn Taylor and Brianna Meadus.
The event will take place at the stadium Sunday, Sept. 29 at the 1 p.m. matinee.