The beautiful weather was a also a nice change, which encouraged people young and old to come out and interactively learn about where food comes from and how it gets onto our plates, with support from MAPAQ. 4-H youth from the area performed well in the Huntingdon 4-H Show, Horse Show and the Holstein cattle show also didn't fail to impress. Saturday's beach volleyball tournament, which always attracts a large crowd of players and spectators, was no different this year in hosting 23 teams. The tractor pull was another big success for the fair, bringing together local and out-of-town spectators.
The fair's Shave to Save took place on the Sunday, and was yet another success. With the combination of selling raffle tickets and collecting donations, the event raised a grand total of $5913.65 and received 22 braids of hair, that was all donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Sunday's hot, hot heat was perfect for the fireman competition, with the Howick Fire Department winning first place for the waterballl competition. Dry and dusty, the Demolition Derby lived up to its crowd-pleasing reputation with 60 cars and pick-ups smashing along to the cheers of the crowd, closing the fair on a typically good-spirited note.
Everyone has a different favourite part about the fair, but when it comes to Secretary-Treasurer, Lynn Ouimet, she loves, "seeing it all come together. I really enjoy when people come into the office, seeking help and I can do that for them."
Created in 1828, the Huntingdon Fair has worked 187 years on improving, so next year won't be any different. Lynn Ouimet says her goal for next year is "to equal or surpass in everything we do - even the weather!"