By Barb McKay
Kincardine’s agricultural society has added more family entertainment and activities to this year’s fall fair in hopes of boosting attendance.
The 162nd annual Kincardine fall fair will kick off Friday at when the pavilion opens to the public to view displays. A fun dog show will begin at and is open to dog owners of all ages. The entry fee is $7 and entrants must have proof of their dog’s rabies vaccination. Dogs can prove their skills on an agility course, a rally course and can show off their tricks. There will also be a station to create paw print artwork.
Events will begin Saturday at with the saddle horse competition and gates to the fair will officially open at Admission is by donation. Children’s entertainment and activities will begin at and for the first time at the Kincardine fall fair award-winning children’s performer, Andrew “Too Tall” Queen will perform. Steve Deer, of Bruce County Country, will also provide musical entertainment.
“The fair is still based on agriculture, but with the entertainment it is a great event for families,” said Lindsay Dykeman, of the Kincardine fall fair committee. “It’s an affordable way to spend a Saturday afternoon as a family.”
Attendance at the fall fair has been a concern for the Kincardine Agriculture Society in recent years. Last year 400 people turned out for the fair. This year, organizers are working with Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) general manager Mark Beaven as part of the OAAS’ new fair improvement program.
“He has been helping our society with new ideas and direction of where we are going,” Dykeman said, who added that many new volunteers have joined the committee. “He has been a great influence.”
This year the committee has added a fun challenge that allows local charities to compete and generate some revenue for their organizations. The competition will be held Saturday afternoon in front of the grand stand.
Another new addition to the fair is a horse trick show. Marissa Taylor, of
The fall fair parade will begin at It will run down
“There’s a lot of floats and the pipe band will lead it again,” Dykeman said. “It would be great to have a lot of people out to watch.”
Once again this year, visitors to the fair can take in the 4-H Club cattle competitions and try their hands at bale tossing. Children can visit the petting zoo, ride pedal tractors and see Snippity the Clown.
The draw for a beautiful handmade quilt will take place at on Saturday. Tickets are available at Finchers, Country Depot and MTC Computers. They can be purchased for $3 each, two for $5 or five for $10.
As in past years, fair attendees try to win a delectable cake at the cake wheel. A food booth will also be on site.
A free shuttle bus will run Saturday from to on a half-hour rotation, with stops at the Kincardine Curling Club, Zehrs,