160th Almonte fair is around the corner

July 13-15, 2018


Marilyn Snedden sends this photo of the Almonte Fair by the renowned Malak Karsh, which appeared on the cover of Farmer’s Magazine in 1946.

The directors of the North Lanark Agricultural Society have plans well under way for another exciting version of Almonte Fair from July 13-15. This year’s theme is “Grandma’s Kitchen”. The Women’s Institutes will have an exhibit of a kitchen from the 1920’s and one today. Competitions in the main hall follow this theme.

Check the prize list online at almontefair.ca or pick up a book at local stores. Especially worth entering are the special classes sponsored by Carter Shows Midway for the best apple pie or butter tarts-top prizes of $40 and $25!

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Friday night grandstand show will again feature the popular Classic Championship Wrestling starting at 730pm. NEW venue this year will see the beer garden and bands located in the “Big Red Barn”. Friday night features “The Derringers” with “Sundown” on Saturday night featuring locals Brad Munro and Marty McTiernan.

Saturday night headliner at the grandstand is “Gail Gavan and Valley friends”. She brings a talented band and is recognized as one of the best entertainers in the country music field.
Carter Shows Midway returns with a full lineup of rides for all ages. You can save $5 per child per day by buying the advance bracelets from June 20-July 12 before 6 pm at Levi’s Home Hardware, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Clayton General Store and Nicholson’s in Pakenham.

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New this year will be educational displays by “Birds of Prey” presented by the Nature Conservancy when trainers show what trained raptors can do. Team T & J return Friday & Saturday and new on Sunday is Zip-E the Clown to entertain children. Axe-Throwing will make its debut this year at the fair.

Countryside Petting Farm will bring animals and poultry for children to interact with as well as pony rides.

The livestock shows feature dairy cattle, light horses and sheep on Saturday with the beef showing on Sunday.

The Demo Derby is on Sunday afternoon starting at 1 pm since moving the day last year proved popular with families and the drivers.

Through the year there are many other events held at the fairgrounds with the Almonte Flea Market open every Sunday from May to October. A “Ladies Night” held in May resulted in a generous donation to our local hospital. The Truck and Tractor Pull on May 26 again attracted a large crowd of fans and the first weekend in June saw over 250 vans from all over North America spend a glorious weekend on the grounds. They love the location on the Mississippi River.

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Volunteers are always welcome — especially students looking for volunteer hours at fair time — so contact Elaine Brydges at ebrydges@senstar.com if you can help. Cathy Gayton and her volunteers operate the Snack Shack under the grandstand and in the main hall there is a “Pie Booth”. Cathy is also in charge of vendors so food trucks have booked with her as well-always lots of food choices at the fair.

The gates open on Friday at 4 pm with the fair running until Sunday afternoon at 5 pm. Exhibits can be removed between 4-5 pm on Sunday.