South Mountain Fair celebrates 120 years

 

The excitement is mounting as the South Mountain Fair is now just around the corner from August 16-19.

“This is our 120th anniversary, so this is a special year for us,” says Diane Fawcett, a member of the board of directors. “Every year we try to put together the best show that we can.”

And what the South Mountain Fair Board ends up with each year, is a huge well-rounded country fair that has something to offer for all ages and all interests.

Fawcett is extremely excited about this year’s music venue which she looks after. “We have Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives headlining Sunday and on Saturday, sure to please everyone is Jason Blaine and Landmark.”

“Freddy Vette is on Friday night. He does 50s-60s and he is amazing,” says Fawcett.

The Freddy Vette show at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 17, follows the hugely popular Demolition Derby which roars into action at 7 p.m.

The Fair opens Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. with the opening of the midway. The fair’s opening ceremonies will take place at 6:30 p.m. and the first big event is the Horse Pull at 7 p.m.

“Our midway is Crown Amusements and they run a great show, really clean,” says Fawcett.

Fawcett also explains that from some new events tried last year, the committee decided to return the Farmer’s Olympics. “It was a hoot. We had 17 teams. The audience had a great time along with the participants.”

The farmer’s Olympics includes contests all related to farm practises like hay bale throwing, running through tires, wheelbarrow racing and so on.

Fawcett says there are also a few new events at this year’s Kid’s Mountain and she urges families to come out and have some fun.

The fair features one price admission of $20 per person (daily) or $50 per person for the weekend, and that gives the holder unlimited midway rides, admission to all of the concerts and dances (age of majority), the kids entertainment, and all of the agricultural shows and exhibits.

Fawcett says that people have been really receptive to the all inclusive pricing, because it really is a bargain.

The fair is a huge event which receives great support from everyone in the community, not just the people who attend but those who sponsor it and various events and prizes.

“The fair would not be able to continue at the level it does, if it weren’t for the support of the community,” says Fawcett. “We have Agri-Business sponsors, private business sponsors and organizations and people in general who support events.”

“This is a big year for us, and hopefully we have put together a big show that everyone will enjoy.”

As a bonus, the fair offers free camping. “It’s rough camping, but people can come, purchase their $50 weekend pass and camp. They don’t have to leave a concert and drive and that’s great for them and less worry for us.”

“We also have plenty of nearby parking for everyone.”

Fawcett explains that each year following the close of the fair, the committee of 25-30 directors takes a couple of months off. “We usually have our annual meeting in early December, and then come January we start again with new directors and new sponsors.”

This year’s title sponsors are Scotiabank and O’Farrell Financial Services Inc.

For a complete list of all of the South Mountain Fair events, everything from events for kids, to the agricultural shows, to the concerts and dances go to www.southmountainfair.ca

This year’s grand prize give-a-way offers the winner a choice of four grand prizes sponsored by Mike Dean’s Supper Food stores, Sandy Row Restaurant  & Golf Course, Winchester BMR and Byers Limousine and Stretch Suv’s.

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