Cumberland County Exhibition looks to the next 100 years
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.”
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.