Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 5:20 p.m.
Vankleek Hill Fair four-day extravanganza
‘Get moovin’ to the Fair’ was the theme of the 174th presentation of the Vankleek Hill Fair, which took place Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 19.
Michel Lamy, EAP
Entries to the Exhibit Hall kicked off the Fair on Thursday morning. Judging of Hall entries got underway during lunchtime and the midway opened at 4 p.m. The Ring Rocket Championship Wrestling showed their prowess in the grandstand and hosted a meet-and-greet in the green tent afterwards.
At around the same time, the parade made its way from the arena to the grandstand. Parade Marshall, and Fair President in 1986-87, Gordon Allen, declared the Fair officially opened.
Thursday evening closed with a combined derby and Bacon Tree in the show barn. Friday saw another full day when the Heavy Horse Line Classes took to the field in front of the grandstand, and a Holstein Show in the South East Ring. Peewee showmanship, Variety circus performers, sheep shearing, and the Outlaws offered something for everyone in the afternoon.
Saturday, August 18 was the biggest day yet. There was a new Agri-Zibit Zone in the South West Cattle Barn; a miniature Horse show and the Heavy Horse Hitch Classes. The Variety Circus Performers roved the grounds, and at lunch time, a home-cooked meal could be had in the Dining Hall. Cowguys, Kids Tractor Pull, and the North American Six-Horse-Hitch Classic gave Fair participants plenty to choose from.
Sunday was the last day, alas. The English Light Horse Show opened the festivities, and for those in want of a little exercise or competition, A 6 in the Sticks, 6km walk/run. A church service was offered, followed by a brunch, which was served by the Cassburn United Church.
In addition to the regular activities that took place every day of the Fair, spectators in the Grandstand were treated to a Farm Stock and Antique Tractor Pull. Little Buckaroos, a Beef Show and a Modified Tractor Pull completed Sunday’s attraction.
Please note: This article was supposed to run in the August 23 editition of the Tribune-Express, but due to an error, it was not printed. We apologize for the inconvenience.