It was the fair of all fairs. Celebrating their 100th Anniversary, Expo Ormstown displayed their very best on June 12th to 15th making it an even bigger success than last year’s fair. As per typical fair weekend weather, the rain came down in buckets on Thursday and Friday, soaking the fair grounds and all who attended. But it did not drain numbers. Bringing in a proud number of almost 15,000 people attending throughout the course of the weekend, they came in droves (literally, being shuttled from the CVR parking lot) for the special celebratory events.
Watch videos of the 100 Bagpipers, the Demolition Derby and the Hercules Fly By below.
It started on Wednesday night with the Parade of Lights after dusk. Farmers decorated their tractors with all kinds of lights: Christmas lights, glow sticks, etc. and showed off their masterpieces throughout the town.
Thursday night had its own parade, the Parade of Decades. There were all kinds of great floats representing the 10 different decades to commemorate Ormstown through its 100 years. The night carried on with the Pig Round-Up, which is usually children only, but this year they thought it would be fun to add an adults division. Some of the fair directors, including the fair’s very own president Loraine Lamb-Lalonde, and others joined in on the hog-squealing good time.
Friday was full of fun with the antique machinery display, the MacLeod Fiddlers and great live music thanks to the band, Triple Rock who played in the refreshment tent and kept the crowd dancing and happy all night.
Things fell into their proper place on Saturday; even the weather was co-operating spitting very little rain. There was so much to see and do for all ages; it was hard to pick a starting point. The Taste of the Valley Café served an excellent lunch that kept you fueled throughout the day and into the tractor pull with the mini modified trucks, semi-trucks, and street legal pickup trucks. You didn’t even need to be in the Grand Stand to hear the excitement of what was happening. The roar of the trucks and the cheers from the crowd were enough to tell you from a distance of who was winning.
The fair had its classic events, like the horse and cattle shows, 4-H competitions, lawn tractor pull and all sorts of demonstrations, but what really set this one apart from all other fairs were the events on Sunday. The day started out as the usual Fair Sunday with displays, demonstrations and the dairy cattle show but once noon hit, so did the shock factor. Right at noon, the Hercules planes flew over drawing everyone’s attention to the sky. Also at noon, the demolition derby attracted what seemed like everyone to the Grand Stand. But then it started. At different corners of the fair ground, you could hear the sweet, strong sound of bagpipes throughout the grounds, building it up as 100 bagpipers joined together as they entered a packed arena to celebrate Ormstown 100-year milestone. It was a sight to see, a sound to hear and an experience to have. Seeing the arena filled to the top again with people, brought back some great memories for those who can remember the fairs when it was like that in the good ol’ days. And for others, it encouraged them to want to work hard to fill the arena again next year.
The sun on Sunday had people still coming into the grounds at three o’clock to catch some last minute fun at the fair.
I can’t wait to see what Expo Ormstown 2015 has in store for next year! Less than 51 weeks and counting.