Oldest fair improves with age
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.