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Midway returning this year to Sackville Fall Fair

The midway will be back by popular demand for the 2018 Sackville Fall Fair. Above, visitors to the midway during the 2012 Sackville Fall Fair get set to try their hand at one of the midway’s many games.
The midway will be back by popular demand for the 2018 Sackville Fall Fair. Above, visitors to the midway during the 2012 Sackville Fall Fair get set to try their hand at one of the midway’s many games. - File image

SACKVILLE, N.B. – After a three-year absence, the midway is coming back to the Sackville Fall Fair.

Matt Pryde, Sackville’s manager of recreation programs and special events, confirmed that the town has secured Hinchey’s Rides and Amusements to return to Sackville for the Fall Fair weekend this year.

Pryde said the midway has been a popular feature of the Fall Fair in the past and there have been many calls for its return over the past couple years.

“We felt that enough people have been asking for it that it was important enough to bring it back,” said Pryde.

He pointed out that the absence of the midway had nothing to do with budgeting issues, as some rumours have suggested over the past couple of years. In fact, it doesn’t cost the town a cent to bring the midway to town. The biggest challenge has been with a scheduling conflict, explained Pryde, as another Maritime festival has been booking Hinchey’s during that same Fall Fair weekend for the past three years.

So this year, Sackville made the decision to move its events a bit later this year, one weekend ahead, so as not to coincide with the other festival and to be able to bring Hinchey’s back.

“Hopefully Mother Nature will understand and still be good to us this year,” said Pryde.

The fairgrounds – featuring a variety of rides, games and carnival food – is expected to be located again at the site on the corner of King and Main Streets.

Pryde said the town did attempt to bring in some new attractions for youth during the absence of the midway, such as laser tag and bounce kingdom. And although they were fairly well received, he said the requests to bring the fairgrounds back to town have continued.

For example, as part of the development of Sackville’s new Recreation Master Plan, Pryde said the town recently hosted a session for youth to get their feedback on various issues and the midway was a topic that was repeatedly brought to the table as a priority.

“We heard from them loud and clear that they wanted the midway back.”

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