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160th Annual Durham Fall Fair a success

160th Annual Durham Fall Fair a success

Above, this Hope Ranch musical float told onlookers to "Buckle up this is gonna be fun" and also advised to "Take the high road" in the Durham Fall Fair Parade September 1. Photo courtesy of Eckhardt's Shell and Variety.


The Durham Agricultural Society celebrated 160 years for their annual Fall Fair August 31 through September 2 and with a theme of "Tractors and Tailgates," Agricultural President Deb Tucker said it was an amazing success.

Following a youth dance Thursday evening at the Fun Factory Hall, the doors to the Durham Arena opened to the public Friday at 6 p.m. for viewing of exhibits and displays.

"We invited the big tractor companies and truck companies to attend," said Tucker, adding that the public voted for the 'Best in Show' and 'Peoples Choice' category. "They made a wonderful display down the side of the arena," she said.

Musical entertainment happened throughout the evening Friday including Roger Williamson and Joyful Noise.

The Ambassador Competition, Dessert Auction and the "2017 Quilt Block Special" quilt auction rounded out the evening's festivities.

Tucker explained that people were asked to create a quilt block using the 2017 Fall Fair theme, "Pioneer Days To Modern Ways," and all of the blocks were then turned into a quilt in time for this year's Fair.

Livestock shows started the day on Saturday and included an English Horse Show, 4-H Calf Club and a Western Saddle Horse Show. A parade to the fair grounds was held at 11 a.m.

Demonstrations and activities followed including a quilting demonstration, horse drawn wagon rides, a pet show and a children's activity centre.

New this year was a Bike Rodeo hosted by the West Grey Police Service where young cyclists learned about bicycle safety and the rules of the road.

Naomi Bristow entertained the crowd on Saturday afternoon with competitions continuing including the 4-H Invitational Sheep and Calf shows and an Excavator Operator Competition.

Saturday afternoon was also home to the newest feature to the Fair, the Fall Fair Farmer Fitness Obstacle Course, a timed course with three age categories, 7 to 12, 13 to 17 and 18 and above. Top three prizes were awarded in each category and included cash prizes, gift certificates and dinner for two at the Homestead.

A Community Church Service was held Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. followed by a salad luncheon and an Antique Tractor Pull at noon.

While final figures are still being tallied, everything points to attendance being up over last year's Fair.

"Our town really got into the spirit of things," said Tucker, adding that with this year's theme, some folks were parking their tractors on their lawn as ornaments. "Including lawn tractors! It was so great for the support," she said.

durham fall fair parade; west grey soccer club

The tractor sitting atop this West Grey Soccer Club float appeared to be being driven by a soccer ball at the Durham Fall Fair Parade September 1. Photos courtesy of Eckhardt's Shell and Variety.

durham fall fair parade

durham fall fair parade

With a "Tractors and Tailgates" theme, tractors were a big part of the Durham Fall Fair August 31 to September 2. Photo courtesy of Eckhardt's Shell and Variety.

durham fall fair parade

Some four legged friends took part in the Durham Fall Fair Parade September 1. Photo courtesy of Eckhardt's Shell and Variety.

durham fall fair; durham marching band

The Durham Marching Band marched to the beat of their own drums September 1. Photo courtesy of Eckhardt's Shell and Variety.

durham fall fair parade; west grey durham lions club

The West Grey Durham Lions Club had a majestic presence along the parade route. Photo courtesy of Eckhardt's Shell and Variety.

durham fall fair parade; durham legion colour guard

The Legion Colour Guard led the parade. Photo courtesy of Eckhardt's Shell and Variety.

durham fall fair parade; durham agricultural society; chuck a puck

This father and son team were visiting from Fort McMurray, Alberta, and had won the Chuck a Puck Party Pak. Photo courtesy of the Durham Agricultural Society.

durham fall fair; durham agricultural society

This cake was an entry for the Friday night dessert auction which raised nearly $2,800. Photo courtesy of the Durham Agricultural Society. 


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Updated March 12, 2020.

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