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Plans are well underway for Expo Ormstown

This year’s edition of Expo Ormstown, which will run from June 6-9, will mark a half-century of fairs with Campbell Amusements. To celebrate this milestone, the Livestock Breeders Association (LBA) has announced that the first 50 people to purchase an Expo Ormstown weekend pass will receive a ride bracelet good for an entire day.

Expo Ormstown is the only fair in Quebec with a midway staged by Campbell Amusements, and the theme for this year’s exhibition will reflect the five-decades long partnership. “The rides make the fair,” says LBA manager Sue Morison. “You drive by the week before and see them sitting there, and you can’t help but get excited,” she adds, noting the LBA is very fortunate to be able to work with the Campbell family. Rumour has it, there may even be a new ride on the midway this season.


<br >A drawing by Peyton Brown of Howick reflecting 50 years of Cambell Amusements is featured on the front cover of the this years Ormstown Fair prize book PHOTO Courtesy of the Livestock Breeders Association

Earlier this year, the LBA held a contest to design the cover for the 2024 Ormstown Fair prize book. Children between the ages of 4-12 were asked to submit their interpretations of this year’s theme, “50 years of Campbell’s Amusements.” The winner is 10-year-old Peyton Brown of Howick, whose drawing of the many iconic midway rides to have graced the fair was selected by the LBA judges.

The prize book is not available just yet; however, this year’s categories for the Home and Garden section are already available online. Morison says they have been seeing a lot more participation in this section in recent years. Organizers are hoping the trend continues and have expanded the different classes to be more attractive for younger generations.

The Agricultural Awareness division is also getting a makeover. Visitors to the Ag Barn will no doubt be impressed by the work of local 4-H members during the fair. And, those currently in Grade 6 can participate in the “Penny for Your Thoughts” public speaking competition. The contest was created by Penny Anderson last year. Morison says that as one of the founders of the Home and Garden section, Anderson wanted to create something new for the fair. The contest, held in her memory, will now live on for years to come. Those interested in the contest can find more information, including competition rules, the topics to choose from, and deadlines to register, in the Agricultural Awareness section on the website.

Weekend passes are now available to purchase online as well, with early-bird specials running until June 7.

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