Dundas fairgrounds ready for plowing match and agriculture fair

Published on August 24, 2017

Danielle Lavie keeps her eye on the cut during competition at the Dundas Plowing Match in 2014.

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DUNDAS - Everything old will be back in style during the 77th annual Provincial Plowing Match and Agriculture Fair this weekend.

The fair officially began Aug. 20 with some evening entertainment being held throughout the week.

However, much of the excitement will ramp up when the fairgrounds open Friday.

The grounds will feature the G&G carnival midway, plowing competitions, livestock demonstrations and much more.

Gordon Jackson, co-president of the fair with his wife, Karen, noted the fair began in 1940 as a way to support Canada’s war efforts.

“It was originally started to raise money for the soldiers at war and it kept going,” said Jackson.

He said the fair will have the heritage demonstrations, including oxen and horse pulls and plowing, crowds have come to know and love.

“We’ll have our usual events like our plowing, tractor and lawnmower pulls. Our antique tractor pulls are a big draw,” said Jackson.

“In our heritage demos, the guys will be cutting some grain, they’ll plow and disc with their horses the old-fashioned way.”

One aspect of the fair that drew some controversy earlier this year has been scrapped.

Plowing match organizers decided in April to cancel the pig scramble after a New Brunswick woman started an online petition against the event, citing that it was cruel to the animals.

While the pig scramble is out, the weekend will see some new events, such as the Hearts and Hooves trick horse riding demonstrations.
Jackson anticipates the trick riding will be a hit.

“We’ve spoken with another fair in Nova Scotia about them and they were quite a draw,” he said.

Jackson noted the fair is expecting about four to five thousand people, not including children who get free admission, to pass through over the weekend.

He also noted that most of the activities in the family-oriented fair are free.

Other activities will include wood-carving demonstrations, Saturday morning’s parade from the corner by Campbell’s Irving to the fairgrounds at 11 a.m., 4-H shows and live entertainment.

He noted another highlight for attendees are the home-cooked meals offered at the fair from Friday to Sunday, with breakfast being served from 8 to 10 a.m. and dinner being served all day starting at 11:30 a.m.