Cum­ber­land County Ex­hi­bi­tion looks to the next 100 years

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY -

The 100th Cum­ber­land County Ex­hi­bi­tion is in the books.

“When you think back to the peo­ple who started the first ex­hi­bi­tion 100 years ago, you have to won­der if they ever thought we’d still be cel­e­brat­ing it 100 years later,” said Andy Carter, chair­man of the Cum­ber­land County Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Carter says the 100th an­niver­sary was very suc­cess­ful.

“We had one of the largest horse pulls in the Mar­itimes,” said Carter. “We had 23 teams that pulled horses un­til 2 a.m., and the crowds were big for that. It was prob­a­bly one of the big­gest crowds we’ve had for a long time.”

The fair­grounds were also full af­ter the an­nual pa­rade.

“I don’t know what the fi­nal num­ber was at the gate, but an hour af­ter the pa­rade they were still lin­ing up to get in.”

Carter has at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion his en­tire life and has been chair­per­son for the past 15 years. He’s seen a lot of changes in that time, one of the big­gest be­ing the loss of the al­ways pop­u­lar car­ni­val rides.

“Ev­ery year we try to find some­thing to re­place the car­ni­val but the car­ni­val days are done and peo­ple are go­ing to have to re­al­ize they’re done,” said Carter.

He says the 4-H tug of war is pop­u­lar but adds the event used to be a much big­ger part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It’s time for some new ideas and a fresh set of eyes and thoughts.”

Andy Carter, chair­man of the Cum­ber­land County Ex­hi­bi­tion

“When I pulled tug of war 30 years ago there were 12 teams from Cum­ber­land and West­mor­land. Ev­ery night there were three or four tug of war pulls.”

Carter is step­ping down as chair­per­son this year.

“It’s time for some new ideas and a fresh set of eyes and thoughts,” said Carter.

He says the 2019 Cum­ber­land County Ex­hi­bi­tion will be the be­gin­ning of a new chapter.

“It’s a busi­ness. It’s not an event that just takes place by it­self,” said Carter. “Plan­ning for the 2019 Cum­ber­land County Ex­hi­bi­tion starts next week. They’ll look back at this year, at what worked well and what didn’t work well, and work off of that.”

DAVE MATHIESON – AMHERST NEWS

Ox­ford’s Keegan Kouwen­berg, right, and his cousin Ty Kouwen­berg sawed a block of lum­ber dur­ing the Am­a­teur Woods­man Com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the fi­nal day of the 100th an­niver­sary of the Cum­ber­land County Ex­hi­bi­tion.

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