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August 6, 2014



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Steam Engine Operator J. A. McLellan from Franktown showed his Steam Engine at the Steam Fair in Athens on July 19. Owner of the 10-ton Waterloo Steam Engine, McLellan, 84, is a long time exhibitor at the Steam Fair.                                                              Photo: Matt Flikweert                                                                                              


Visitors drawn to annual Steamfair


By Matt Flikweert


The 32nd Annual Steam Fair show in Athens this year took place July 18, 19 and 20 in Centennial Park in Athens. Sponsored by the Athens Lions, thousands of visitors came from all over to see real live Steam Engines in operation, look at vintage farm equipment, cars, trucks, motorcycles and much more. Co-Chairs of the annual event are Lion Peter Vanderlinden and Lion Bob Croxall.

The show this year focused on John Deere Tractors and equipment plus vintage equipment from International Harvester, Case, Oliver, Massey-Harris, John Deere, Allis Chalmers, Cockshutt Minneapolis-Moline and more.

Tack’s Toys, Bikes and Cars

As in previous years, trucks, and of course the incomparable Tack’s Toys Collection, owned by George Tackaberry, were a big part of this year’s Farmersville Exhibition. 

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Delta Fair Royalty; Mini King and Queen Hayden LaRiviere and Miriam Lake with Mini Prince and Princess Jayden Coon and Addison Dwyre, and the Delta Fair Ambassador Shoshanna Conboy (second right) were part of the Delta Fair Parade on Saturday.   


Delta Fair delivers fun


By Matt Flikweert


The Delta Agricultural Society presented the  fair on  July 24 to July 27 with “Fun for the entire Family”. The 184th Delta Fair enjoyed great weather, lots of exhibitors, dedicated volunteers, and excellent Grand Stand entertainment that included the Jimmy G Hypnotic Show, Motor Madness, a Neil Young Tribute (Night is Young), Irish Roots, the Drifters, Bowes Brothers and more. 

The Official Opening was on Thursday with speeches and greetings from OAAS representatives, Louise Blair and Sharon Bjergso, Rideau Lakes Mayor Ron Holman, and MPP Steve Clark. William Morris presented the ASD to Patrick Davis, while Bev Carr received an ASD from Linda Barker. Elma White and Bev Carr received OAAS District Service Awards from OAAS Home Craft Director Sharon Bjergson and OAAS Agricultural Director Louise Blair. Edith Woods presented Citizen-of-the-Year Award to Art and Melinda Cowan. Connor Pearson presented the Youth Award of Excellence to Abigail Okum. President Charles Nichols presented a Corporate Sponsor Plaque to Limerick Environmental Services.

The parade on Saturday afternoon featured a band, walkers and vehicles. Hundreds of spectators watched along the route, and enjoyed the music of the Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band,  plus several colorful floats, walkers and other entries.

The upstairs Main Exhibit Hall featured entries and prize winners of the Home Craft and Agricultural displays. There were prizes for sheep, beef and goats, grains and grasses, eggs, vegetables, herbs, fruits, maple syrup, sugar, honey, home baking and much, much more.

Other highlights of the Fair included: the ‘Mini King and Queen Pageant, Safari of Fun with Paul Henke, Children’s Races, Jimmy G Hypnotic Show, Doherty Bros, Horse Show, Silly’ Sally’s Magic Show, Fun for Kids, Texas Tuxedo, Motor Madness Thrill Show, Leeds 4-H Sheep Club, Family Horse Show, Lawn Mower Races, Baby Show, Goat Show, Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull, Air Band Contest, Ry Guy Magic Shows, Chicken BBQ, Pet Show, Western Horse Show, Antique Tractor Pull, Parade, Cow Chip Bing, Cheer for a Year Raffle and much, much more.

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