Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Fall Fair cel­e­brates 55 years

S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium to host thou­sands Sept. 24-29

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

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.

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