By Dan Rankin
When the 148th Kirkton Fall Fair gets under way at the Kirkton-Woodham Community Centre next weekend, along with the many returning favourites such as the parade and the talent show, there will be a few new events taking place for the first time, including a Highland Games Competition and a Classic Car Show.
According to Kirkton Agricultural Society secretary/treasurer April Barker, the group has contacted someone involved in Highland Games events across Canada who has been “recruiting” amateur athletes that excel at traditional Scottish sports such as the hammer toss to come out and show off their skills in Kirkton. “We don’t know for sure if we’ll have a caber toss, but it will be traditional Scottish games,” she said. That event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10.
The following day, along with the returning demolition derby, this year car owners are invited to bring out and show off their classic automobiles – just be sure you’re signing up for the right event! Organization of the car show has been shared with Dale’s Performance Automotive of Kirkton, Barker said. “It will give everyone attending the demolition derby something else to check out on that day,” she said. “Cars being smashed up, and then classic cars – both ends of the spectrum.” To register for the classic car show, contact Dennis Dale at 519-273-6658.
The first events of the fair take place Friday, Sept. 9 including the opening of the culinary exhibit, home crafts, and junior section which will be full of creations by children from around the community. The talent show runs at the pavilion from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday evening. Sign up for the show by sending a message to the group on the “Kirkton Fall Fair” Facebook page, or reaching out to the contacts listed on the Fair page on Kirkton.ca. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.
The annual parade begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 10, starting in downtown Kirkton and ending at the fairgrounds by the community centre. Many other events are planned for Saturday including a BMX stunt show, pony rides, a petting zoo, live music and more.
Admission is $5 Friday and Saturday, however patrons attending Friday night receive a free gate pass for the following day. Sunday admission is $8. Weekend passes for admission Friday to Sunday are available in advance from the Kirkton Market and cost $10. Kids 12 and under get in free if accompanied by an adult.