By Barb McKay
This year’s Ripley-Huron Fall Fair will be one for the history books.
The Ripley Agricultural Society is gearing up for its 150th fall fair this weekend and committees have been working hard over the past year to make it a memorable one.
“The volunteers keep coming back to us and regenerating themselves,” said agricultural society president Jim Farrell. “We are really grateful that people have come out to help us.”
Farrell said while the agricultural society board doesn’t have an exact count of its volunteers, he estimates that upwards of 300 people have helped out with this year’s fall fair. Most impressively, this year’s fair has drawn a fresh crop of volunteers.
“We have lots of young folks on committees,” Farrell said. “There’s a lot of satisfaction in seeing that part of the fair grow. It bodes well for the future.”
There are a number of exciting additions and changes to the Ripley fair to celebrate the 150th year. For this year only, the fair will be extended to include Sunday, Sept. 29.
“Most of the Sunday activities were created by young people,” Farrell said.
Sunday’s events will run from to and will feature Family Olympics, which will include a dance-off through time, skills competition, inter-generational trivia, fire truck obstacle course, round bale rolling and a square bale toss. Also on Sunday, there will be a birds of prey show from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, a tug-of-war tournament, puppet show by Andrea Zimmer and a show by
In commemoration of the 150th fall fair, the Ripley Agricultural Society has put together a book, Footprints in Time, which will be available for purchase at the fair for $10.
“We asked people to write stories of people who were characters in their lives and we put those stories in a book,” Farrell said. “To me it’s a highlight (of this year’s fair) because of these stores are about actual people in our community.”
The book includes 120 pages of stories of people from
The gates will open Friday at and the garden tractor pull will be held at A texting competition, with five different classes ages 10 years and older, will also begin at , sponsored by Hurontel. The popular super frog contest will be held at , with prizes for the smallest frog, largest frog and longest jump.
The annual fall fair ambassador competition will kick off at at the Ripley Huron Community Centre auditorium. Last year’s ambassador, Megan Lowry was first runner-up at the CNE ambassador competition in
“We are really proud of Megan,” Farrell said. “We are really looking forward to having her promote our fair.”
On Saturday the fair will run from until The fall fair parade will begin at The midway will be open Friday evening and all day Saturday.
There are countless shows and competitions taking place on Saturday, including a miniature horse show, log sawing and nail driving competition, antique tractor display and car and truck show. As well, prizes will be given out to the youngest person attending the fair, oldest lady and gent attending, the person who travelled the furthest to attend the fair and to two unrelated people who look alike.
A fall fair dance will take place at the Ripley Huron Community Centre with Lulu’s Band. Age of majority is in effect and tickets are $15.
Admission to the fair is $5 for adults, $2 for youth between the ages of six and 13 years old and children aged five and younger are admitted free.
For more information, visit www.ripleyfair.ca.