Fall Fair this weekend


By Barb McKay


New activities have been added to this year’s Kincardine Fall Fair to draw more families.


Children’s activities, games and entertainment will take place at Connaught Park throughout the afternoon Saturday. New this year, children can build their own kites and learn how to fly them. The petting zoo has been expanded this year, as has the selection of children’s games. The pedal tractor races will be held once again, as will the hay bale rolling.


Another new addition to the fair is Anastastia’s, which will be making candy floss on site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local performers Bob Gallant and Samantha St. John have joined the fair line-up to provide musical entertainment for children Saturday afternoon. Other performers include Bruce County Country and Serena Rutledge.


The Kincardine Fall Fair will kick-off with the ambassador competition, Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Connaught pavilion. Three contestants – Lori Ogilvie, Tawny Robinson and Sadie Shewfelt will participate in the first ambassador competition held in roughly 20 years. Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson will open the event, Kathryn Low and John Low will provide musical accompaniment and Mike Brough will act as master of ceremonies. The contestants will present a fashion show with apparel from A Delicate Edge and Baxter’s Row Fashions and then each will give a speech before the ambassador is crowned.


The fall fair parade will take place Saturday morning, leaving Victoria Park at 11:30 a.m. The parade will travel down Queen Street, then Broadway Street to the fairgrounds. Parade organizer Murray Johnson said there were approximately 40 participants in last year’s parade and he is hopeful more will register this year. Registration is open right up until the parade starts. So far, the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band has signed on, as well as Blinky, the Boston Pizza mascot, Homefront Acres Apple Orchard, Kinfarm Tire and E & E Plumbing. An honour guard from the Kincardine Legion is a new addition to the parade.


Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles and tricycles and join the parade. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bikes. Participants are asked to meet at Victoria Park at 11 a.m.

All day Saturday visitors can view horse, poultry and cattle judging and check out photography, quilt, baking, crafts, preserves, fruits and vegetables and children’s art displays in the pavilion. There will also be a quilt raffle and a cake wheel. A food booth will offer hotdogs and hamburgers, as well as homemade pies.


Once again, a free shuttle service is offered to and from the fairgrounds on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pick-ups will occur every half hour at Trillium Court, St. Anthony’s School, Forbes Apartments, Elgin Market Public School and the Community Living Kincardine and District residence at 299 Saratoga Road.


Margaret Visser of the Kincardine Fall Fair committee said she hopes the new additions to the fair will encourage more people to come out and enjoy the fair this weekend.


“It doesn’t cost anything, the shuttle is free, there’s entertainment all afternoon and lots of children’s games,” she said. “My hope is we can grow this fair every year.”