Fall fair staying at the S.W. Moores
At least for the time being, the Trinity Conception fall fair will continue on at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium.
The 58th running of the Trinity Conception Agriculture and Home Crafts fair will spend at least one more year at the arena in Harbour Grace.
The news comes as questions swirled about the fate of the long-running attraction — which brings hundreds of people to the town every year — as the new stadium at the top of Jamie’s Way nears completion.
“It will definitely be at the S.W. Moores (Memorial Stadium),” said stadium manager Mike Adam.
The substantial completion date for the new rink falls in the same period as when the fall fair is traditionally held. At that point, moving from one facility to the next would be the next order of business.
In light of that, Adam said, “There’s no way we’d be ready to host the fall fair.”
“We’re still trying to figure out what we’re doing with the fair,” said the manager of schedule and format. “I don’t think it’ll be as big as it was last year. Eventually, what we want to do is morph it into a kid’s fair and kid’s expo type of thing. I know what we were looking to do this year was having the stadium floor dedicated to kid’s events.”
Adam said the timeline for getting that evolution in progress is tough given what’s going on outside the fall fair at the same time.
With that in mind, visitors could see a smaller version of what they’re used too.
“It might be a significantly scaled down fall fair for this year, but I think it has the potential to morph into something bigger,” said Adam.
A recognizable summer
Taking this back a couple of months, the stadium manager anticipates this summer resembling the last one at the S.W. Moores.
Work is being done on the second edition of the ball hockey league, as well as a couple of other events, including a July concert.
“We’re working on a couple of other things for the summer,” said Adam. “It’s going to be similar to last summer.”
With work on the new stadium progressing at a healthy clip, there is other work at the old rink that will require plenty of attention.
Namely, an inventory of what is housed there, what can be chucked and what needs to be moved to the new facility.
Basically, a transition plan needs to be sorted out and implemented with the idea that when the new one opens everything is ready to move.
“It’s a very busy summer for me,” said Adam.
He spends plenty of time at the Jamie’s Way arena, with weekly visits and meetings with planners and other officials. All of it is in preparation for the fin- ish date, which is expected later this summer or early fall.
“When you walk through some of the upstairs, they’re already starting to put the first coat of paint on some of the walls,” said Adam. “Some parts of the building, it looks like they’re in the home stretch while other parts seem like they’re in the infancy of construction.
“But, it’s moving along at a very good pace. We’re way ahead of schedule, which is good.”
The S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace.