The youngest visitors were thrilled with the petting zoo and opportunities to interact with farm animals as part of the agricultural tradition at the Fair.
After a cold and wet summer leading up to the 189th edition of the Huntingdon Fair, and considering it rained so hard last year organizers were forced to abandon the main tractor pull, the Fair Committee must have been on edge leading up to the three-day event.
Thankfully, Mother Nature played nice and produced a string of sunny days interrupted only ever so briefly with a few droplets here and there.
According to organizers, it wasn’t a record-breaking year for attendance, but it came close. The Fair started with a spirited parade on Friday evening, and both Saturday and Sunday boasted full schedules, including a festive midway put on by Fun Show Amusement, flower, horticulture and craft exhibits, a 4-H, dairy and horse show, live music, marquee tractor pulls that went long into the night and another spectacular demolition derby to cap it all off.
"All the directors are very pleased with how it went," said Lynn Ouimet, the Secretary-Treasurer for the Board of Directors, while commenting on the important role played in the success of this year’s edition by the community. "We had tremendous support from our sponsors this year," she noted, of the many local organizations and families that helped to ensure the Fair went off without a hitch. And, "without our volunteers we probably wouldn’t be able to do it," she acknowledged, suggesting many come back year after year without question.
The winner of this year’s drawing for the lawn tractor was Lise Roy of Ormstown, while Wanda Helm of Huntingdon walked away with the $1,000 prize and Klay Allen of Hinchinbrooke with $500.