Big anniversary bash coincides with Canada 150

Brooke Ponsen enjoyed a kiddie ride at the midway.

The Canada 150 celebration proved to be a big theme at this year’s Stormont County Fair (Fri., Sept. 1 to Mon., Sept. 4), even during the annual demolition derby.

NEWINGTON – It was a huge hoorah during this year’s Stormont County Fair (Fri., Sept. 1 to Mon., Sept. 4) as the event celebrated its 150th anniversary, which coincided with the country’s big birthday year.

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial milestone, fairgoers were able to experience the sights and sounds similar to the county’s first-ever fair held in 1867 through a heritage village, with volunteers dressed in traditional costumes, and showcasing the history of the event throughout the past 150 years.

Rob McLachlan (left) and Vince Chiarelli from the Grays and Blues of Montreal, a history association that recreates the daily life of soldiers and civilians from the 1860s, set off cannon shots during the fair. Press Photos – Gosselin

Families also participated in old-time games and activities, including a milking competition, a confederation parade, and the unveiling of a time capsule.

There was entertainment from the 1860’s as well to showcase period music and sounds.

Many of the old favourites were also enjoyed at the fair, including the annual demolition derby, the tractorpull, classic auto show, the three-pitch baseball tournament, and, of course, the midway rides.