This past weekend, June 6, 7, 8, and 9, Ormstown hosted their 99th annual fair, in great anticipation for next year’s centennial celebrations. As always, there were countless activities/events to see and do such as the parade, the animal shows, the tractor pull, the demolition derby and the petting zoo just to name a few. It almost wouldn’t be the Ormstown Fair if it didn’t rain and there was enough for this year’s and next. However, it did not deter people from enjoying this yearly entertainment.
“The parking situation posed a huge challenge that needed a swift solution. It clicked into place quickly thanks to our Parking Supervisor, Debbie Elder, the Saracens and R.B. Ness’s Howick School Bus company and his drivers,” said Loraine Lalonde, president of Expo Ormstown.
Visitors were asked to park at the local high school and at the Curling Club where they were shuttled by bus or to park at the IGA in town where they were taken by horse and carriage to the grounds. Even with all the rain, the beer tent was still the place to be at night to relax and listen to the live bands of Les Trakas (Friday), Black Canyon (Saturday), and Cookies and Cream (Sunday).
On Saturday, it was still cloudy and rainy but also a bit humid as people gathered for shelter in the arena to watch the animal shows, or in the Industrial Building where the anniversary booth was with Ormstown’s 99th birthday card that visitors could sign, along with the crafts and other little kiosks.
Nevertheless, the rain wasn’t enough to keep the tractor pull from happening, although it was postponed from Friday to Saturday. “In spite of the weather, people really seemed to enjoy themselves!” said Lalonde.
Sunday came and lived up to its name bringing the sun, clear skies and roughly 4,000 people, setting a new day record, and a grand total of between 10,000 and 11,000 people for the weekend. It was the perfect fair day and the perfect way to spend the last day of the weekend. On this sunny day, the 100th anniversary mural was completed and boy, was it good! Capturing the history of the Ormstown Fair throughout its 100 years, this mural will be the one of the special events to see at next year’s centennial fair and will be later installed in Ormstown. It was completed by a team of international mural painters including Elaine Wallis, Noella Cotnam, Tricia O’Neill and Mary Gillespie.
Overall, it was a huge success! A big thank you goes out to everybody who helped make this year’s fair possible from the ticket sellers to the directors and everybody in between. Et en français, bonne anniversaire Expo Ormstown!