Dundas Plow Match draws big crowd

Steve Sharratt, The Guardian
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Danielle Lavie keeps her eye on the cut during horse plowing competitions at the Dudnas Plow Match.

DUNDAS — It was perfect.

A taunting breeze under a mackerel sky and the 74th annual Dundas Plow Match was one of the best in years.

And considering the huge crowds that turned out, it was a fitting tribute to an excellent summer.

From wife hollerin’ and wood splittin’ to duck herding and dance calling, the organizers of the biggest agricultural fair in eastern P.E.I. must be doing something right.

“I can’t believe the number of people here,” said Martina MacDonald of Cardigan, who dropped in Saturday with family and friends. “This is fantastic.”

The parking lots were jammed with cars, trucks and RVs and the program of events was chocked full of family activities.

“I think that’s the secret to our success,’’ said festival chair Sandra Hodder Acorn. “We keep it simple, family-oriented and inexpensive.”

The fair has always focused on its traditional events but continues to add new one’s each year to provide some freshness. This weekend featured a duck herding contest and the rolling pin toss and plenty of musical entertainment.

“We just love coming to this fair,’’ said Vanessa Rafuse of Windsor, N.S., while her son, Quinton, and husband, Stephen, were involved in the oxen plowing event. “It’s the real thing for us.”

The festival has a great volunteer group that makes the five-day event successful, says Hodder Acorn who believes more and more families want to stretch their interests and get to the country.

“Kids under 12 are free and we have lots of things to do for them, plus they can have some freedom and run free. It’s a good mix.”

Geographic location: Eastern P.E.I., Windsor

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