Set to enjoy annual Crapaud Exhibition
The month of July marks the return of the annual Crapaud Exhibition, now in its 62nd year. For folks who have never experienced an old-fashioned country fair — or those who remember what the “exhibition” used to be like — this one is as authentic as it gets.
This year is particularly momentous because it marks 250 years since Samuel Johannes Holland surveyed the Island — then called St. John’s Island — in order to encourage and to enhance British settlement on what is now Prince Edward Island. There will be information and displays to celebrate the occasion.
Food is high on the agenda of this year’s event. Breakfast is being served until 11 a.m. in the rink canteen, followed by barbecue dinners from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a short break between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Various food-awareness demonstrations will be held in the Actiplex from 11 a.m. onward - not the least of which is the “omelet” competition sponsored by P.E.I. egg producers. It is rumoured that my husband (William Caw) will be a competitor.
Take note that judges will be selected from the audience, so you might be one of those lucky folks who gets to sample the array of omelets! Or you could choose to compete as a late entrant.
It’s also a good idea to time your visit for the blueberry pie competition. You might get a taste or, you can sit back and quietly observe the judging of dairy cheeses.
Friday’s winning entries of crafts, art, baking, flowers and other items will be on display all day Saturday. This is a great opportunity to view the wide range of talent that exists within the area.
The exhibition also boasts a wide variety of children’s activities throughout the day. Children will be especially interested in seeing all of the animals on site, including poultry and rabbits.
The day will be filled with oldfashioned competitions - including barrel racing, pole bending and the woodsmen competition. If that all sounds a bit too energetic, why not enter the potato peeling contest. It’s amazing to see how fast those potato peelers can whip through a bin of P.E.I. potatoes.
For information, check our http://crapaudexhibition.com/s chedule_of_events.php
In other south shore news, a rained-out Campbell reunion relocated from the outdoors to the Argyle Shore Community Centre on Sunday, July 19, allowing a great time to be had by all.
The monthly Bonshaw Ceilidh is being held tomorrow, July 26, 7-9 p.m., with this month’s proceeds going to the P.E.I. Arthritis Society. Performers include John MacAllar, Jayde Inman, GeorgiaRae Connolly, Dave Connolly, poet “The Bible Guy”, Herb MacDonald, Phil Pineau and Tony the Troubador. Call 902-6754093.
Happy birthday Bev MacPhail, celebrating July 31. Watch for the pink flamingos on the lawn in front of her house.
Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Gary and Diane MacPhail, celebrating 48 years of marital bliss on Aug. 5. Best wishes also go out to the Mary Moszynski and Brian Younker, celebrating their wedding anniversary on Aug. 7.
On Aug. 8, a community yard sale will be held throughout Canoe Cove and beyond. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., cruise the scenic Route 19 and 19a to spot all the great bargains.
Be sure to attend the soupand-sandwich luncheon, Aug. 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Canoe Cove Schoolhouse. Proceeds go to the upkeep of the school house.
Enjoy sunny August! Sure hope you are one of the lucky ones who has a long weekend coming up.