Crapaud Exhibition starts today

Mitch MacDonald
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John Roberts had a great time playing with the toy tractors and farm equipment at the Crapaud Exhibition in this Guardian file photo

CRAPAUD — There will be no lack of options for Islanders looking for a good time at the Crapaud Exhibition this weekend.

Elmer MacDonald, Crapaud Exhibition Association president, said there is something for everyone at the 58th annual exhibition this year, running Friday to Sunday.

“It’s going to be a pretty special weekend. We have a lot of events throughout the day, it’s almost impossible to see everything,” said MacDonald.

Looking at the schedule, it’s not hard to see the weekend will be jam packed.

Events start today with 4-H livestock, flower, culinary, photography and creative arts judging. The day will culminate with the traditional community parade through the streets of Crapaud at 6:30 p.m. and the Crapaud Exhibition Youth Talent Search, with special act Fiddler’s Son, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday will be marked with the lawn tractor and four-wheel truck pulls, 4H livestock judging and woodman competition.

The woodman competition will feature more than 30 maritime competitors going head to head for two chainsaws donated by Stihls Saws and is scheduled to begin at noon. The competition will feature axe-throwing, the Jack and Jill sawing challenge, the kettle boil and vertical and underhanded log chopping. There will also be a demonstration of modified chain saws, or “hot saws.”

"We have a lot of events throughout the day, it’s almost impossible to see everything." Elmer MacDonald, exhibition association president

MacDonald said the exhibition has stayed a staple in the community’s summer for almost 60 years, while still changing and growing every year.

“There is something there for everyone and many of the events are going on simultaneously,” he said.

This year will be the second annual slow antique tractor race and P.E.I. potato peeling challenge. The weekend will also feature much Island food, with cooking demonstrations, a blueberry pie baking contest and auction and sushi sampling. The Crapaud’s Women’s Institute will serve barbeque chicken dinners from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Crapaud Curling Club.

The South Shore Minor Hockey Association will also run their annual canteen throughout the weekend.

MacDonald said he wanted to thank the exhibition’s corporate sponsors, ScotiaMcLeod, P.E.I. Mutual Insurance Company,

Consolidated Credit Union and CFCY.

He said anyone interested can find a full list of events and more information at

Organizations: Islanders, Crapaud Exhibition Association, Crapaud Curling Club.The South Shore Minor Hockey Association P.E.I. Mutual Insurance Company Consolidated Credit Union

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