Each September the everyone flocks to the county fair, which has run pretty well continuously from 1831 and is still one of the best country fairs going.
With your ticket, parking is free in the ball field. You head for the dog show where pooches are judged on such attributes as shortest tail, longest ears, best trick, finest couture. Next comes the food trucks with all the usual delectables such as funnel cakes, poutine and Mrs. Mini Donuts. Stoke up there for the lawn tractor pull, the barrel racing and the cattle show, both beef and dairy. So many youngsters learning to be future farmers so we can all continue to eat.
The entire hockey arena is dedicated to prize vegetables, giant pumpkins and baking, all the pies and cakes and preserves safely behind glass. Art and photography entries line the walls. In another room the amazing skill of the county quilters gets shown off in a crowd of intricate quilts. If you have a baby and are local, you can enter the baby show.
In the poultry barn, llamas, sheep, goats, piggies, ponies and an immense Shire horse are all available for petting. Beside the champion roosters, turkeys and bunnies, there are newly hatched ducklings and yellow baby chicks chirping under their heat lamp. A great hit with the young set.
If simple fun is your objective you can play bingo in the curling rink and dance to golden oldies in the Crystal Palace, the only one remaining on the continent. Oh, and don’t miss the wrestling and the demolition derby.
End the evening with a fistful of candy floss and shrieking on the midway. Then home to live down the sugar high and swear off deep fried anything for another year.