Peterborough Agricultural Society hosting events this weekend

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Despite the Peterborough Ex being cancelled for the third year in a row, Peterborough area residents will still be able to experience agricultural events traditionally held at the exhibition.

The Peterborough Agricultural Society, which hosts the Peterborough Ex, is holding a series of agricultural shows and competitions at three locations this weekend.

On Thursday, the Steer Show and Sale will take place at the Vollering farm at 295 Douro Fourth Line in Douro-Dummer Township. Six steers raised by local farmers will be evaluated by three judges at 6 p.m. ahead of a barbecue.

“They’re judged and they get an aggregate score and then they’re placed one through six,” said Peterborough Agricultural Society president Viren D’Souza.

The award-winning steers will be auctioned off online following the show until Aug. 12.

The Rabbit and Cavy Show will take place on Friday at Kawartha Downs as part of its inaugural Agricultural Fair. Various breeds of rabbits and guinea pigs will be judged in different classes before overall champions are crowned.

Winners will receive prize money, but as D’Souza says, it’s more about earning bragging rights.

“They want to be able to say they got the championship at the Peterborough Exhibition,” he said.

The long-running Homecraft Show and Competition is slated for Saturday and Sunday at the Morrow Building at Morrow Park in Peterborough. Participants will compete to have their creations crowned by judges.

“Everything from baking to canning and preservatives, vegetables, cut flowers, arts and crafts. There’s a photography section in which kids can submit entries. They’ll be judged first, second and third. Like all of it, they’re doing it to say they got the first-place jam or first-place cucumber at the Peterborough Ex,” D’Souza said.

“The Peterborough Ex is continuing to renew and regrow to provide agriculture and food education events for Peterborough area residents. These are fun events to get up close and learn about agriculture.”

The overall goal of the events is to educate residents about agriculture, he said.

“Our mandate is to host these competitions as well as educate the public about agriculture and where their food comes from and that’s something that’s sort of lacking in our education system and in society in general, I think. Every day I see how few people understand where their food comes from and what it takes to feed them, so these activities are quite important to us.”

D’Souza said the society will likely make a decision this winter about the fate of next year’s Ex.

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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