CHESTERVILLE – This year’s 86th annual Chesterville Fair was graced with sunshine throughout the weekend, attracting hundreds of local residents to the buzzing fairgrounds from Fri., Aug. 25 to Sun., Aug. 27.
Although the wet weather earlier in the week forced organizers of the Western Gymkhana Horse Show to cancel the event, the rest of the fair’s activities went ahead without a hitch.
This year, the Gable Bros. midway opened for two hours ahead of the fair’s official opening on Friday afternoon to cater to those with disabilities. Members of the Chesterville and District Agricultural Society decided that the early opening would be a great way to provide a quieter atmosphere for those who are overwhelmed by the hustle-bustle of regular hours, mimicking efforts at the South Mountain Fair, which is in its third year of offering the special needs day.
The two most popular events during the fair were Friday night’s tractor pull and Saturday night’s demolition derby, which both filled the grandstands with an enthusiastic crowd.
The evening entertainment throughout the weekend alternated between Hillbilly Highway and Bordertowne Boys, and Saturday’s demonstrations were given by ventriloquist Mark Crocker as well as members of Therien Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing.
Although some visitors were disappointed with the lack of food vendors this year – unexpectedly two vendors were unavailable to attend – the weekend was overall filled with excitement and traditional carnival antics.