Annual Crapaud Exhibition celebrates life in the country.
The smell of home cooking and the sound of lawn mowers being pushed to the limit will fill the air this weekend in Crapaud.
The 62nd annual Crapaud Exhibition takes place Friday to Sunday, shining the spotlight on a variety of aspects of rural living.
Judging of the 4-H classes kicks things off during the day Friday but the fun continues well into the evening with G&G Amusement providing some rides for the kids beginning at 5 p.m.
A half hour later, there will be a free barbecue and an old fashioned kitchen party on the exhibition grounds which continues until 7:30 p.m. when the official opening ceremonies take place, followed by the P.E.I. Has Talent show, formerly known as Rising Stars.
P.E.I. Has Talent is bound to feature top class entertainment. Last year’s winner, Julie Dunn, shared the stage with country superstar Keith Urban at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival last week. Another graduate of the talent show, Cameron Francis, is in the Anne and Gilbert stage show this summer.
Della Ferguson, who’s running the talent show, said there are 17 entries this year in the 12-17 year old age group and another eight in the 6-11 year old division.
Saturday’s schedule includes sheep judging, children’s activities, horses, ponies, rabbits, barrel racing, pole bending, sushi demonstration, potato peeling contest, a woodsman competition and blueberry pie competition.
Barrel racing and draft horse pulls continue on Sunday.
The P.E.I. Truck and Tractor Pull Championships take place July 31-Aug. 2.
Tom Albrecht, director of the exhibition’s board of directors, said there are 19 teams registered for the heavy horse pulls at 1 p.m. Sunday, with interest now starting to come in from around the Maritimes.
It wasn’t long ago that this rural showcase was set mostly outdoors but the grounds, and the infrastructure, have grown over the years.
Albrecht said the exhibition’s roots are deep in the community.
“People know each other, help each other out. We’ve hung on to that community involvement,’’ Albrecht said.
It also helps when people who attended the exhibition as children eventually become directors. Jamie MacPhail of Argyle Shore used to compete in the lawn tractor and four-wheel drive pulls. Now, he’s helping run the show.
“It’s a real honour to give back to the community and keep this agricultural-based exhibition grow and expand,’’ MacPhail said. “It’s growing and that’s a true testament to the south shore area.’’
As Dunn and Francis have proved, it’s also where talent can be discovered.
“Stick around, you might make it to the big leagues,’’ MacPhail says with a wink.
Tom Albrecht, left, and Jamie MacPhail, directors of the Crapaud Exhibition, demonstrate some of the fun that will be offered this weekend when the 62nd annual event kicks off. Giving them a little push to get started are Fran Albrecht, left, who co-ordinates the children’s activity area, and Della Ferguson, who runs the P.E.I. Has Talent show.