Horses in Costume and Deep Fried Pickles. The County Fair is Here Again

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.

Just doing our part to help the bees. And hoping to beat that other horse dressed up like Cleopatra.

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.

Gals and horses, lots of them here, this one trying for the best time on the obstacle course.

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.

A tabby and her library, all fine needlework.

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.

Town meets country. We need lots more of this.

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.

Awwww, ducklings!

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.

A vintage tractor proving it still has the chops in the tractor pull. And a real man behind the wheel.





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