Kincardine Fall Fair this weekend

“Good things growing” for the whole family

By Josh Howald

It’s time once again for the Kincardine Fall Fair.

This year, the 159th annual fall fair will feature your favourite traditional events while adding some new contests to the mix.

New for this year will be an interesting tug-of-war set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. A team of Haflinger horses will be pitted against as many humans as it takes. Also new this year are horse-drawn buggy rides and the milk-a-goat station. Returning after a successful debut last year is the poultry show, one of the largest in the area.

“I always get excited for the fall fair,” said Barb Kersey of the Agricultural Society. “It’s just full of tradition.”

As is tradition, admission will be by donation at the Connaught Park gates.

The fair will kick off Friday night with the annual Fun Dog Show. In its third year, the popular event will accept the first 40 entries. Registration is at 6 p.m.

“For me it’s the highlight of the fair,” said Kersey Friday afternoon. “You don’t have to have the perfect dog. It’s a chance for the dogs to socialize and practice for people handling their dogs.”

All dogs must have proof of vaccination to enter the show, which has a theme of “Think Green” this year. The cost is $7, and each dog/master combo will go home with at least $12 worth of prizes. The dogs compete in a variety of events, including an obstacle course and a best trick competition. Marcel Verlaan of Kincardine K-9 Education will also be on hand to speak to the crowd about how to make changes in your dog.

Saturday, the gates open at 8:30 a.m. for a full day of fun, beginning with the saddle horse competition. The Kincardine fair is one of the few fairs in the area to feature a saddle horse competition. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. from Victoria Park and marches north on Queen Street to Broadway. It will then turn on Broadway towards the lake and continue down the hill to Connaught Park.

“(As of Friday) we have 40 entries in the parade,” said the organizer, Lindsay Craig. “We’ll have lots of different things to see, so come on out and watch!”

The Pavilion will open at 9 a.m. to see crafts, culinary arts and student work. For the kids there will be craft tables, lego tables and food. During the day the 4-H Dairy and Beef shows will take place, as well as the poultry show, bale rolling and throwing, exhibits and a cake wheel. Live entertainment is also on this year’s schedule. Steve Baker will present his Gypsy Magic Show and the Black Family will entertain with live music and dancing.

An all-breed horse display began last year, and returns due to popular demand. Starting at 1:30 p.m. on the track west of the ball diamonds, there will be an opportunity to see and learn about many breeds of horses and their skills. There will be driving demonstrations, log skidding, obstacle courses and more. Anyone interested in showing off their horses’ unique talents can contact Keith and Gladys Hodgins at 519-396-5802.

“For the size of our agricultural society, we put on a good fair,” said Kersey Friday afternoon. “We hope to see everyone down there this weekend.”