Despite wet weather dampening the inaugural Fall Festival last autumn, the Livestock Breeders Association of the District of Beauharnois (LBA) has announced a second edition will take place this year from September 30 to October 2. And, to ensure this edition surpasses the expectations of visitors who attended last fall, the LBA has secured the renowned animal behaviourist and autism activist, Temple Grandin, PhD, as a guest speaker to open the festival.
Grandin is a world-renowned speaker at the intersection of autism spectrum disorder and animal welfare. A designer of livestock handling facilities, she is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, where she is known as one of the first researchers with autism to document the knowledge she has gained from her personal experience.
Grandin will speak on subjects such as animal welfare, cattle temperament, training procedures and much more to a 1,200-capacity crowd in the arena on September 30. Tickets are $30 per person and are available exclusively online at www.showpass.com/temple-grandin.
Weekend activities will include a home and garden display as well as vendors in the industrial building. 4-H club shows, followed by an auction and live music in the evening, will take place on October 1. Giant pumpkin and produce weigh-offs in association with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well. A horse demonstration will take place on October 2. That day will also feature a zucchini race and a professional pumpkin carver.
Tickets for the LBA Fall Festival can be purchased online at showpass.com/lba-fall-festival. More Festival information, as well as other additions to the schedule, will be revealed on the LBA Facebook page in the coming months.