It’s Fall fair time in rural Ontario and Kincardine celebrated its 168th fair on the weekend (Aug. 30 – Sept. 1) beginning with the opening ceremony and crowning of the Fair Ambassadors on Friday evening.
Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie said that the role of the Fall fair is important to bring the community together, town people and rural people. “It makes our community stronger and better. Many people today do not have a connection with farming and it’s a credit to the Agriculture Society that it has kept the Fair going for 168 years.”
MP Ben Lobb said he attends almost every fair in Huron Bruce and “… the Kincardine Fair of all of them has the most activities for kids to do. The past Ambassadors have done a fabulous job and have represented the community well and I know this year’s Ambassadors will do the same.”
The Ambassadors this year are Morgan Ritchie (Sr.) and Caitlyn Ferguson (Jr.)
At 17, Ritchie, who enjoys singing and dance, said that Kincardine promotes the arts through music and theatre. “It takes a collective effort to support each other, welcome newcomers and people of different religions and cultures.” She receives a $1,000 bursary for post-secondary studies and will represent Kincardine at various events over the next year.
Caitlyn Ferguson at 10 is a competitive gymnast who has won many medals including five Gold, 14 Silver and 2 Bronze. She also enjoys paddle boarding and horse-back riding.
Also presented were two 2019 Service Awards by Bessie Farrell. “We decided to give an extra award this year to Glen McConnell who has been a member of the Agriculture Society for 54 years. We are also giving a Service Award to Lindsay Dykeman who works tirelessly for the Ag Society.”
The next day, Saturday, the Fair began in earnest with the annual parade to the Fair grounds at Connaught Park.
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At the Park, there were bouncy castles, a petting zoo, rock climbing and all things to keep everyone busy. No Fall fair is complete however, without cattle and dairy showings and the popular poultry exhibit with rare and unusual types of fowl.