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Havelock Fair celebrates its 151st edition

It’s Havelock Fair time, so mark your calendars for the two-day 151st edition on September 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Havelock Fair was founded in 1871 and is marking over 150 years of serving this and neighbouring communities. The Township of Havelock is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, making the Fair an integral part of the history of Havelock.

Like many rural fairs, it grew out of the pride in what local farmers and their households produced. Being one of Canada’s oldest fairs, it has been at the core of Havelock’s agricultural life and has grown to reflect the agricultural diversity of southwestern Quebec. As a traditional country fair, it strives to maintain the spirit of its founding principles which are education and showcasing the joys and challenges of rural agriculture and its way of life. The Fair is dedicated to keeping alive that deep connection to the land and its people.

Experience a great country fair

The fair’s two days are filled with activities for all ages making it a whole family affair. A petting zoo, kids’ races, a Saturday craft afternoon, Sunday magic shows, a bouncy castle, and much more will keep the children enjoying the day. Come and see some of the best local livestock including heritage breeds. Speak to the dairy, beef, and maple syrup producers and learn about what it takes to go from farm to table. A sugar shanty is also on site.

Live music each day and all day might just get you up and dancing! Saturday’s featured musical guest is Robert Craig and Friends. Sunday’s lineup includes the BBQ Kings, Robert McNally, Pierre & Guy, and Stewart Burrows & Alice Packard. The exhibition halls are full of farm, home, and garden produce to admire and may even inspire. Vendors will be there in their booths selling their handmade goods including non-profit organizations raising funds for their endeavours.

The popular gymkhana, the Saturday horse show competition, is a big draw for novice and seasoned riders alike. Draft and miniature horses as well as ponies will be there on Sunday. Our local 4-H will be putting their junior showmanship to the test. A modern-day blacksmith will be demonstrating her craft on Saturday. An array of antique cars, machinery, and snowmobiles will be on display including The Chateauguay Valley Tractor Club. Our popular raffle offers many great prizes. Food vendors will be on site, including a Saturday BBQ lunch put on by the 1st Ormstown Scouts. And there will be much, much more!

The one-time cost for the two days is $15. Cash and debit only are available. Accompanied children 12 and under are admitted free. No dogs are allowed.

Come and enjoy a true agricultural celebration while commemorating Havelock’s 160th anniversary.

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