Ex marks the spot for fun

‘Up West, Where the Fun Be­gins’ theme of both the fair and the pa­rade

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

Ja­son Rayner has been putting lots of steps on his pe­dome­ter over the past month.

Rayner has been a driv­ing force in help­ing to get ev­ery­thing ready for the 91st an­nual Prince County Ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ru­ral agri­cul­tural fair got un­der­way in Al­ber­ton on Thurs­day morn­ing and runs un­til the end of to­day.

Rayner, who is in his first year at the helm of the ex­hi­bi­tion’s board of di­rec­tors and is its 14th pres­i­dent, is re­ly­ing heav­ily on his vol­un­teer board and a cast of four sum­mer work­ers to help get ev­ery­thing off on the right foot.

Changes to one of the build­ings, he said, have al­lowed for af­ter­noon kitchen party-style en­ter­tain­ment. There’s also en­ter­tain­ment in the arena, in­clud­ing the youth tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion held Thurs­day, an adult singing com­pe­ti­tion on Fri­day and a Ris­ing Star com­pe­ti­tion to­day.

An adult dance tonight will bring the fair to a close.

It’s the sec­ond year for the ex­hi­bi­tion dance, and lo­cal band Old Doc­tor Young is once again pro­vid­ing the tunes.

Rayner lists this af­ter­noon’s mati­nee har­ness rac­ing card, fea­tur­ing the Harry O’Brien Memo­rial Pace, as well as Thurs­day’s Strong­est Man in P.E.I. com­pe­ti­tion and this morn­ing’s pa­rade as some of the other high­lights.

The theme of both the fair and the pa­rade is, “Up West, Where the Fun Be­gins.”

There was a horse pull Fri­day even­ing, a dog show to­day and judg­ing of farm an­i­mals both Fri­day and to­day.

Mid­way en­thu­si­asts have been get­ting primed for the ex­hi­bi­tion for nearly two weeks as Hinchey’s Rides and Amuse­ments set up early and used the time to touch up the paint on all of their rides. The Zip­per is the mid­way’s new at­trac­tion this year.

The mid­way opens at noon to­day.

ERIC MCCARTHY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Prince County Ex­hi­bi­tion pres­i­dent Ja­son Rayner, right, is shown with Hinchey’s Rides and Amuse­ments’ mid­way worker Kenny “Ducky” Earle. Earle re­vealed that the Tilt-a-whirl was his favourite ride when he was a kid and now he gets to op­er­ate the ride. He said he en­joys get­ting back to Al­ber­ton and re­new­ing friend­ships.

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