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Havelock Fair marks 150 years with two-day celebration

The 150th anniversary of the Havelock Fair was feted in grand style, with activities sprawling over two days for the first time in the event’s storied history. And while “It never rains on Havelock Fair,” this year the sun came out with near-record temperatures to warm the crowds. “It has been years since we have had anything like this,” says Havelock Fair president Keith McAdam of the turnout, which likely topped 2000 visitors on the Saturday alone.

 

Sisters Saydie and Eva enjoyed some classic fair food while watching the 4-H cattle show

 

“There was still lots of room for everyone,” McAdam adds, noting the board is very happy with the decision to grow to a two-day fair as this opens the door to support from the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ). “It was a lot of hard work for the directors, but in the end, the enjoyment of seeing children and people enjoy it, well, it was worth every bit of sweat,” he laughs.

 

Bagpipers from the Elgin and District Pipe and Drums band played to the appreciative crowd that gathered by the stage for an afternoon of great music PHOTO Maelle Ward

 

The fair featured an exceptional horse show, with 36 horses registered in events including halter and equestrian classes, as well as exciting gymkhana classes, which delighted the large crowd. This year, two special awards were presented including the Lynne Sample Sportsmanship Award, which went to Hayleigh Tannahill; and the Gerry Binette Participation Award, won by Madison Ngals. Organizer David Brisebois says Binette was a well-known horseman who judged at the Havelock Fair show for many years. He passed away this spring. The award in his memory goes to the rider who best displays the pure joy of riding horses.

The Fair also featured a good 4-H and cattle show, fantastic live music from homegrown talent including Ryan McNally and Emily Triggs, fantastic food, MAPAQ agricultural initiatives, informative booths helmed by community organizations, and activities for children.

“It is a special fair,” McAdam admits, suggesting he is not sure of any other traditional fair that has worked as hard to remain true to its agricultural roots.

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