The weather varied from a drizzle to a scorching heat wave but the volunteers from the Almonte Fair Board and the friends they recruited, worked through it all to produce the 157th Fair. It didn’t matter to the Demo Derby fans if it was wet and there was a good crowd on Saturday for the livestock, pigeon and Light Horse Shows. Several other events conflicted with the grandstand show on Saturday , cutting down on the attendance and Sunday’s heat kept the crowd down as well but the Heavy Horse exhibitors still brought out four six horse hitches.
The free shows presented by Little Ray’s Reptiles, Mystic Drumz ,Spring Action Trampolines and the Cornerstone Community Church were well received and many families spent considerable time at the Education Barn playing in the corn box and petting the baby lamb and foal. Not only was there Maple the Cow to milk , but as well- a real live goat!
This year the 4-H Clubs celebrated 100 years in Ontario with varied displays, contests, clipping and square dancing demos in the big tent. A quilted banner accompanied by a panel of photos from each county in Eastern Ontario created interest in the hall.The trailer will tour other fairs in Lanark County this year.
A big thank you goes out to all who worked so hard before, during and after at the Monday morning cleanup and to the volunteers who worked in the booth under the grandstand with the new hot dog and popcorn machine.
Next comes the popular Car Bingos every Wednesday night in August at 7 pm in front of the grandstand. Come out and enjoy homeade pie and an evening of fun with your neighbours.