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Excitement mounts for 108th edition of the Desjardins Expo Ormstown

“It is just the little things left to do,” says Sue Morison, the general manager of the Livestock Breeders Association of the District of Beauharnois which organizes Expo Ormstown. With less than two weeks before the start of the 108th edition of the Ormstown Fair, she says, “Everything is coming along nice and smooth.”

Organizers are predicting a good turnout based on ticket sales to date. “We have more than doubled what we sold online at this time last year,” reports Morison. She says there is increased interest as well from participants. There are more vendors this year than ever before, and entries in the various classes and divisions are pouring in.

The 4-H barn has been taken over by members of the Ormstown club to breathe new life into the building, and the Ag Awareness division will feature new dairy, garden, and animal breed displays.

The Fairground gates will open on June 6 for the start of the 2024 edition of Expo Ormstown at 4 p.m. The theme for that evening’s parade is “Celebrating 50 years of Campbell Amusements,” and the floats will start rolling through the village at 6:30 p.m. Immediately after the opening ceremonies, the Valley’s bravest young riders will strap on their helmets for the mutton-busting event in the arena, to be followed by an impressive sheepdog demonstration by Ormstown’s Hazel Hill farm. Those looking for a bit more of an adrenaline rush can watch the action in the Beauharnois Championship Wrestling ring.

Friday will feature a horse show and competition in the arena, followed later in the day by the open cart heavy horse show, the light horse show, and the six-horse hitch. Local 4-H members will be competing in several events throughout the day. The ASTTQ tractor pulls will start at 6 p.m. and will continue the following evening. Lunch and supper will be served in the dining hall, and the “Penny for your Thoughts” public speaking contest will start at 8 p.m. in the Friendship Centre in the new building.

The 4-H showmanship competition will take place on Saturday, along with the lawn-tractor pull. The horse show runs in the afternoon before the eight-horse hitch takes to the arena floor at 7 p.m. The horse show continues Sunday morning, while the kids’ derby starts at 11 a.m. and is followed by the much louder demolition derby starting at noon.

The midway will be open throughout the weekend, and there will be live music to close out each night at the entertainment tent.

Weekend passes will remain on sale at a discount online until June 7. Vouchers for the midway are now available through local schools and on the Campbell Amusements website.

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