Brothers Jared and Mason Prescott of Sackville lead their animals during the dairy show portion of the 2013 Port Elgin Exhibition. LEBLANC PHOTO
PORT ELGIN, N.B. – Organizers of the agricultural exhibition are hoping to see lots of children at this year’s annual event, set for this Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 14-17 at the exhibition grounds in Port Elgin.
Meaghan Linton, treasurer of the Botsford and Westmorland Agricultural Society, sponsors of the exhibition, said last week that the organizing committee has worked hard to put together a full schedule of events which they hope will appeal to people of all ages.
“We’ve got some fun things planned for the kids’ ages about three to 14 years, including two bouncy castles that will be here from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday. And there’s no entry fee for any events; there is the small general daily admission at the gate, but once you’re on the grounds there is no individual fee for any event or activity,” she said.
Children’s events on Saturday also include the popular dress-up pet parade, sponsored by Posh Pet Grooming in Port Elgin and the Westmorland Animal Hospital in Sackville.
“We’ve also lined up some great games for the children, and everyone will get a ribbon and free ice cream for taking part,” Linton said.
There’s also face painting and a picture colouring contest, held in conjunction with the Port Elgin Public Library.
“Kids can pick up the pictures to colour at the library anytime during their open hours; they can be submitted to the library anytime this week, or they can be submitted to us here at the exhibition anytime this week until Saturday at 4 p.m. Prizes will be given for the winning pictures,” she noted.
The woodman’s competition is definitely a go again this year. Meaghan Linton
Saint John magician Scott Dejong will also entertain all ages during two magic shows to take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Things get rolling on Wednesday when the main exhibition building will be open from 4 – 8:30 p.m. to receive entries for the fruit, vegetable, flower and home craft competitions. No entries will be received on Thursday and all judging for the events will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Events on Thursday focus on the heavy horse competitions, followed at 7 p.m. by the official opening ceremony and honouring of the Farmer of the Year for 2014.
Draft horse events will continue on Friday as well as the farm Olympics, youth talent show and live entertainment by the Uniacke Ramblers in the evening.
Also on tap on Saturday are the 4H achievement show, beef show and mixed calf show, followed by the woodsman’s competition at 1 p.m., and mini horse and draft horse displays.
“The woodman’s competition is definitely a go again this year. We weren’t sure about that until just this week, but it will be happening on Saturday,” Linton said.
On Sunday a matinee card of harness racing will take place; exhibition only, with horses expected from throughout the local region.
For more information on the 20th annual Port Elgin Exhibition, check out the exhibition website at http://portelginnbexhibition.simplesite.com/