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Large crowds expected for Huntingdon Fair

From August 11 to 14, the Huntingdon Fair will be back for the first time since 2019. Secretary-treasurer Tammy Arthur says that organizers are “expecting record attendance” this year. They’re judging their predictions based on “previous fairs, like Ormstown.” The last fair they had before the pandemic welcomed about 7000 guests, which leads Arthur to expect around 10,000 this year.


A pink car smashed into the back of a black and red car during a destruction derby, onlookers watch from bleachers
The demolition derby, which will be held on Sunday, August 14, is just one of the many events and exhibits that will draw crowds to the Huntingdon Fair. PHOTO Gleaner archives


Arthur says the fair will feature all of what it is best known for: “We’re going to have the rides, the petting zoo, the tractor pull, and the demolition derby.” On top of that, live bands are being introduced from Thursday to Saturday. Thursday night will feature the band West De Ville; then Friday and Saturday will each feature two bands for 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. sets. Friday’s lineup will feature Taboo, then Triple Rock, and Saturday will showcase Take 3 and Power Play.

The return of events like the fair allows people to “be a community again,” says Arthur. Events like this are part of the Valley’s identity: “It’s important for people to get to see each other again, and to have the community gather around to celebrate the 4-H Club and the agriculture in the area.”

After years of anticipation, it’s safe to say that this year’s fair will be one for the books. Arthur says, “I’m just excited to see all the people again and see the fairgrounds full.” Tickets are available on the fair’s website, Admission is free for anyone under the age of three.

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