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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Clandonald Country Fair

Three-year-old Lyla Harasiuk from Islay took the top spot during the 6 and under watermelon eating contest. Photo Lorna Hamilton

The annual Clandonald Country Fair took place, and the event was a resounding success with its theme, “Celebrating 150 Years of RCMP Service,” which brought a day packed with family fun and excitement.

Starting on Friday, August 11, the fair accepted exhibits for the bench show from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., setting the stage for a weekend of community engagement and talent display.

On the main event day, Saturday, August 12, attendees kicked off their morning with a scrumptious pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The breakfast, priced at $12 per person, was accompanied by music that ensured a lively start to the day.

The morning also featured the parade, which commenced at 11:30 a.m., where spectators watched the array of floats, horses, antiques, tractors, etc.

Throughout the day, fairgoers had access to various activities and attractions suitable for all ages. From face painting to the bouncy house, the fair provided a range of entertainment options. For those feeling lucky, Bingo was available, while the Tractor Pedal Pushers competition added a touch of friendly competition to the event.

Attendees witnessed the Fire Department Demo, which was always a hit with the young and old.

The entertainment lineup boasted the renowned Aytahn Ross Variety Act, bringing laughter and wonder to the audience as they watched his performances in juggling, magic, balancing, and comedy.

Additionally, the mutton bustin’ event, showcasing daring young riders, captivated the crowd.

One of the day’s highlights was the watermelon eating contest, where participants competed to finish their share in the allotted time. The messy and spirited event never failed to draw smiles and laughter from both participants and spectators.

The Clandonald Country Fair has always been a cherished occasion for families and friends to come together and create lasting memories. With free admission, the fair welcomed everyone, encouraging the community to partake in this celebration. A concession stand was open all day, offering a selection of refreshments and treats.

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