By Laura Green
Even though the fair is 160 years old, it still is a community event cherished by many. The Embro Fair is where the community comes together. Some come for just for one event like the ambassador competition or the baby show while others spend their weekend (and prior for volunteers).
The Embro Fair takes place this weekend, Sept. 14 to 16 at the Embro & Zorra Community Centre, 355644 35th Line Embro. For all the details, visit www.embrofair.com , call 519-533-3962 or connect with the Embro Fair through Facebook and Twitter.
It will be interesting to see how the exhibitors interpret this year’s theme of “Trash to Treasure”. The directors have planned “Trash to Treasurer” demonstrations on the main stage and Make and Take Stations around the arena for Saturday.
Entertainment this year will be “the Great Canadian Lumber Jack Show” on Sunday and Axe Throwing on Saturday.
New for the children will be CanBike Rodeo on Saturday and Hands on Exotic Animals both days. The Inflatables, Kids Activities and Touch a Truck (Sat.) are returning by popular demand.
The Junior Ambassador Program for 10 -13 years is new this year. The three contestants – Sarah Cooper, Abby Howe and Ava Wilks will be competing at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the arena.
The Ambassador Leadership Program which will be held on Friday night has two talented contestants – Brittanie Fraser and Raynen Hargreaves. Both girls love the Embro Fair because of the sense of community.
Brittanie Fraser from rural Embro is a grade 12 student at Woodstock Collegiate Institute. She is involved in her school’s student council, music council and Track and Field team. She is a member of Embro Minor Soccer, Brooksdale 4-H Life skills club and spent the past summer as camp counsellor at Camp Tanner. Her sponsor is Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Woodstock.
Raynen Hargreaves is a Grade 13 student at Collegiate Avenue Secondary School in Woodstock. Even though she lives in Woodstock, she spends her spare time in the Embro area and at various fairs. She volunteers at Knox United, Embro with the Sunday school program. At school, she is involved in student council, runs cross country and participates in track and field. Her sponsor is Country Farm Seeds.
The regular activities like Saturday’s Wings Night, Sunday’s Brunch, church service, baby show, silent auction and the list goes on, are returning. Come and enjoy the Embro and Zorra Agriculture Society’s hospitality at the 160th Embro Fall Fair.