Fall fair stay­ing at the S.W. Moores

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.”

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

The S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

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