By Dan Rankin
“It’s probably one of the best little fairs around!” Thorndale Fall Fair secretary Nancy Urquhart says proudly of the upcoming annual event.
She might be a little biased, but there is at least some corroborating evidence for that claim. First, 158 years is a pretty long time. But furthermore, in a province-wide competition by the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies last year, a collection of 20 photos taken at the 2014 Thorndale Fall Fair earned more points from the judges than any other fair. “We were the Ontario champions,” Urquhart said.
And then there’s all the events and entertainment planned for the weekend. Things begin Friday night, with gates opening at 5:00 pm and the midway open at 6:00 pm, with “Toonie Night” presented by Townsend’s Amusements. Other deals throughout the weekend include a “pay one price bracelet” for midway rides from noon to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, and a deal on Saturday from 5:00 pm to close when all ride prices will be reduced by one ticket.
At 7:00 pm Friday in the Community Centre, the fair’s opening ceremonies will include the crowning of the 2015 Fair Ambassador (and Lil’ Ambassador), the presentation of the Homecraft, Youth Fair and School Fair Awards, a pie auction, a music video competition, and more.
Saturday gets underway bright and early, with gates opening at 8:00 am. The Fair parade leaves the township garage at 11:00 am. Over a dozen prizes will be handed out to winning floats, including $250 for the Grand Champion float, sponsored by Elliott Grain Ltd.
Other events through the day on Saturday include Mystiz Drums, at 1:15 pm, the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show, at 2:00 pm, the Rise2Fame youth talent show at 5:00 pm in the community centre, and new this year, the Big Creek Tractor Pull, at 6:30 pm. Performing on the outdoor stage Saturday are such musical acts as country group Doghouse Rose and Trent Severn.
Aspiring artists can also submit entries in the Fair Book cover contest for next year, which has the theme “Magic in the Air from the Farm to the Fair.”
Some other competitions to look out for include the skateboard competition, the foot races, the livestock and horse shows and the demolition derby Sunday at 3:00 pm.
Lastly, don’t forget to break out your cameras during your fun at the fair to submit to this year’s “After the Fair” photo competition. Prizes of $5, $3 and $2 will be handed out to first, second and third place entries in 20 different categories – and then of course there’s the OAAS province-wide competition next year where Thorndale organizers will be looking to remind the province which fair is the best little fair around.
For more information on dates and times, visit ThorndaleFair.com or consult a 2015 Fair booklet.