A full weekend's worth of fun is set to begin this evening (Friday, Sept. 11) at the Kirkton-Woodham Community Cetnre, as visitors from near and far converge on the village for the 147 annual Kirkton Fair.
This year’s theme is “Locally Grown and Proudly Shown,” with events and displays both inside and outdoors throughout the weekend.
On Friday, entries in the various artwork, homecare and agricultural divisions will be received between 8:30 a.m. and noon, with exhibits opening for viewing at 7 p.m. A outdoor talent show is also scheduled for 7-9 p.m., so bring your lawn chair.
Saturday’s fun gets underway at 11 a.m. with the annual parade, with participants asked to gather at the Kirkton Vet Clinic at 10:30 a.m.
Other Saturday events include the Baby Show, entertainment featuring fiddle music and puppets from Roberta Walker, an exhibition of skills and tricks from World Champion extreme unicyclist Jack Sebben of Motherwell, a kids’ pedal tractor pull, the annual Achievement Day for the Kirkton 4-H Dairy Club, a meet-and-greet with some birds of prey, Wes’ Petting Zoo and farm animal display, “Paint a Derby Car” for kids, displays from the Gay Lea Foods Antique Travelling Museum, the “Grain Discovery Zone” from the Grain Farmers of Ontario, the much-anticipated Farmer Olympics, and a range of kids’ attractions in the Optimist Fun Zone.
On Sunday, there’s a Community Church Service at 10 a.m., with refreshments provided. And the annual Demolition Derby hits the fairgrounds at 1 p.m.
On Friday and Saturday, general admission is $5. Friday night patrons receive a free gate pass for Saturday. On Sunday, general admission is $8. Anyone aged 12 and under gets in free all weekend if accompanied by an adult.