“Last year was record-breaking all around,” says Jayme McClintock, the secretary for the Livestock Breeders Association of the District of Beauharnois (LBA) which runs the fairgrounds and Expo Ormstown. She admits that while organizers may not be expecting the same level of crowds this year, “We are preparing.” She says the LBA learned a lot from the 2022 edition and has made several changes to ensure this year’s fair runs smoothly.
“We did hear everyone,” she says. They have added more food vendors and now have at least seven options available for the best in fair food. They will also be promoting the free shuttle service from Chateauguay Valley Regional High School on Friday evening and throughout the weekend, to cut back on long lines at the gate.
New this year will be a special emphasis on beef cattle, with a “Parade of Beef Breeds” taking place in the arena on Friday evening, as well as a beef cattle demonstration in Barn 13 on Saturday. Also new is the “Penny for your Thoughts” public speaking contest for Grade 6 students on Friday in the Friendship Tent, as well as mutton-busting for children, sponsored by BlackCreek Rodeo Company, on Thursday night following the parade and opening ceremonies in the arena.
The “Ag Awareness Barn” has also been revamped by local 4-H members who reworked the display to include even more baby farm animals and information. And, rumour has it that Campbell Amusements will be bringing a new midway ride to the fairgrounds that is sure to thrill those brave enough to give it a try.
Visitors to the fair will also be able to enjoy traditional events such as horse shows and competitions including the six- and eight-horse hitch, lawn tractor and ASTTQ tractor pulls, 4-H classes and other activities, the home and garden show, kids derby, demolition derby, live music into the wee hours, and much more. (SR)