La foire agricole de Riceville revient en août après avoir été fermée l'an dernier par la pandémie, ainsi que d'autres foires rurales.
La foire agricole de Riceville revient en août après avoir été fermée l'an dernier par la pandémie, ainsi que d'autres foires rurales.

Farm fairs are back

Catherine Lefebvre
EAP
Riceville, a small hamlet in the municipality of La Nation, will host, once again this year, the last weekend of August, the Riceville Agricultural Fair.

For more than 145 years, Riceville has organized the Agricultural Fair, which shines the light on agriculture of the past, present and future. After a limited edition due to health measures because of Covid, the Fair will look a little more normal. Obviously, it will be impossible, unless there are changes in the steps and measures issued by the Ford government, that all the usual activities take place. To know the program, you must visit the facebook page of the event. This will be unveiled around July 23. The holding of fireworks, around 10 pm, however, seems already scheduled. 

The president of this year's edition, Mr Tobias Hovey, is delighted with the resumption of activities and is satisfied with the collaboration of the public health office which answers all its questions when necessary. He's not sure exactly how the Fair will go this year, that it's a bit difficult to make big last-minute changes because it takes a lot of organization. For example, participants have to keep their horses and cows ready. He says he is following closely the government's directives. 

He also adds that despite the difficulties that the Covid caused to the Fair, it allowed the creation of a new event which was successful and which will be back on August 29, the Backyard BBQ. For more information, the President invites people to visit the Fair's website and facebook page.