Old­est fair im­proves with age

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY TAY­LOR YOUNG News Staff

The St. Lawrence Val­ley Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety is pre­par­ing for the 208th edi­tion of the Wil­liamstown Fair this week­end, Au­gust 9-11.

At Canada’s old­est an­nual fair, with the first held in 1811, fair­go­ers can ex­pect to see var­i­ous horse shows, 4-H dairy shows, a tal­ent con­test, dog agility demon­stra­tions, sheep shear­ing, mid­way rides, lo­cal mu­si­cians, High­land danc­ing, the Quigley High­landers Pipe Band and much more.

Gates open at 7 a.m.. Ad­mis­sion is $20 a per­son per day, in­clud­ing un­lim­ited ac­cess to rides, or $45 for a week­end pass which also grants en­try to a draw for a chance to win a moun­tain bike. Ad­mis­sion is free to chil­dren who are un­der three feet tall. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.williamsto­wn­fair.ca


IM­AGES FROM THE GAMES: As usual, there was a mul­ti­tude of ac­tiv­i­ties at the Glen­garry High­land Games, which took place last week­end in Maxville. Top, a trans­fixed crowd watches a High­land broadsword com­pe­ti­tion on Fri­day af­ter­noon, the first time such an event was fea­tured at the Games. At left is Cal­lum Carmichael of Ottawa who is fac­ing off against An­drew Key­worth, also of Ottawa. Be­low left, Au­drey MacDon­ald of Kirk Hill, per­forms with the Quigley High­lander Pipes and Drums, a Grade 5 band that com­peted this year. Be­low right, De­nis Carr and Bob Burnie, pre­side over Satur­day’s open­ing cer­e­monies. They rep­re­sented The Bri­gadoons, who were the guest of hon­our this year. Bot­tom left, Wil­liamstown’s Freya Cock­ings dances with the MacCul­loch Dancers on Satur­day, and bot­tom right, Austin Sz­ta­j­docher, of Grafton com­petes in the heavy­weight events on Satur­day. More in­side.

UNSAFE: For the sec­ond time in about two weeks, the beach at Alexan­dria’s Is­land Park was closed be­cause of high bac­te­ria lev­els. The beach area will re­open af­ter bac­te­ria lev­els re­turn to ac­cept­able lev­els, North Glen­garry Town­ship has said. In the mean­time, res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to use the splash pad lo­cated west of the Sand­field Cen­tre at Is­land Park.

SHAME: Lit­ter­ing in Alexan­dria has prompted a woman to speak out. See Page 6.

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