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Havelock Fair is a success despite rain

It may be a bit harder to claim it never rains on Havelock Fair after wet weather dampened the second day of this year’s two-day affair. The good news is that sunny skies and a fantastic turnout on Saturday more than made up for the drop in attendance on Sunday.

 

Five year old Amélia Lefebvre was all smiles under her riding helmet while riding horse Dixie with Shane Ford The horse show was spectacular with 43 riders vying for glory and a red ribbon PHOTO Sarah Rennie

 

“We must have had about 2400 people,” says Havelock Fair president Keith McAdam of Saturday’s crowds. “It was very good,” he confirms, noting that despite the disappointing shift in the weather they managed to hold the miniature horse and pony show on Sunday, though some classes took place under the cover of the 4-H barn. The live music continued through the rain and, he adds, the organizers took it all in stride.

 

Vivian Ahuachzin and sister Alexa were presented with the Lynn Sample Memorial Award during the horse show and gymkhana during Havelock Fair by judge Katherine Vaillancourt and ringmaster Alexia Renaud PHOTO David Brisebois

 

Entries in the exhibition hall were up this year, says McAdam, who credits some new categories and new faces on committees for the increase. “The arts seemed to really pick up,” he notes. Visitors also appreciated the different kiosks where they could meet with representatives from community organizations, local artisans, and producers.

 

Smiling children lined up in the horse ring to participate in traditional races and games including the crowd pleasing wheelbarrow race All those who managed to cross the finish line were rewarded with a coin and a Havelock Fair ribbon PHOTO Sarah Rennie

 

During the cattle show, organizers honoured Ruth and Michael Robson of Saint-Armand who have been showing their Hereford beef cattle at the fair for 50 years. Along with the cattle, horse trailers dotted the grounds, with Saturday’s horse show and gymkhana featuring equitation, pleasure, and game classes interspersed with heavy horse demonstrations of Clydesdales and Percherons in full harness. “Everything went very smoothly,” says organizer David Brisebois, who notes that local riders as well as some from Montreal and the Eastern Townships made for a successful show.

 

Visitors including this young family cooled down under a beating sun on Saturday with an ice cream cone served up by volunteer students and parents from Franklin Elementary School PHOTO Sarah Rennie

 

McAdam says the board is very motivated, but admits it takes a lot of volunteers to run a two-day fair. “We are very fortunate that way,” he says, noting there are always people ready to lend a hand. “There is always updating,” he says, whether it’s tending the grounds and repairing buildings to helping to modernize the facilities. Wi-fi was installed in the main office this year, for example. “Everyone else is way ahead of us,” he laughs, with a hint of pride. But not to worry, there are no plans to abandon the traditions that make Havelock Fair so special anytime soon.

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