Set to en­joy an­nual Cra­paud Ex­hi­bi­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES/COMMUNITY - Diana Lariv­iere Ru­ral Tid­ings

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.

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