By Perry Lefko
The Beeton Fall Fair is one of the oldest agriculture fall fairs in Canada, celebrating its 161st edition this year, and it’s largely because of the spirit of the volunteers that the event continues on an annual basis and keeps in step with the times.
Hosted by the Beeton & District Agricultural Society at the fairgrounds on September 15-17, the festival is a great weekend of family fun with exhibits, competitions and rides for all ages.
The fair has a Midway that includes rides and games, a parade with various floats, children’s competitions such as 4-H shows to display their handling of livestock, a demolish derby, a competition for classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors, and of course assorted crafts, food, beer and entertainment acts.
The fair begins Friday night with greetings from local dignitaries, the area Member of Parliament and Member of Provincial Parliament. Among the speeches is something historical.
“It’s one of the longest-running fairs in the area,” says Beeton Councillor Richard Norcross, who does a speech on the opening night and helps to make French fries on Sunday. “It is an incredible weekend where all walks of life come together to experience the past, the present and to look at the future. You get to look at the foundation and the roots of what our province and country were built on, and all the hard work that’s gone into it and where people take pride in their workmanship, their crafts, their animals. It’s just one fantastic weekend and there’s something for everybody. It’s spectacular.
“We come from an agricultural area, so it’s a great way to showcase and support our farmers and stuff like that. It’s a big deal because of the heritage and because it’s so much fun. When my boys were younger they were good all week because the Midway would come. It’s all very cool.”
One of the more interesting aspects of the fair is the demolition derby to smash up cars, and a separate classic car, truck, tractor and motorcycle show, all part of closing day.
“Like I said, there’s something for everybody,” Norcross says with a laugh. “They are both very competitive. The people who participate in them are very proud. People get to show off their rebuilt or restored historical cars and then you also get the others who like to compete in a demolition sport where there’s a lot of work that has to make them worthy of being in the demolition. It’s amazing how much work goes into it – windshields have to be removed, gas tanks…it usually takes the guys a couple of weeks to get ready. So when you come in, you go left and see all the classic cars or go right down the ball diamond and watch the derby.”
Among the entertainment acts booked is Marshall Dane, voted the 2017 Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year. He expressed his excitement on the Beeton Fair Facebook page saying: “I can’t wait to bring my team to Beeton!!! It’s gonna be top drawer!!!”
For more information on the Beeton Fall Fair, visit www.beetonfair.com.