Queens County Fair to go ahead with two-weekend format

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Plans are underway for the 141st Queens County Fair in Caledonia that will take place, like last year, over two weekends.

The ox pull competition will run September 16 to 18 and the horse pulls and music weekend will take place from September 24 to 25.

The Exhibition Association of Nova Scotia (EANS) sent out a news release March 4 stating that, once again, “in response to COVID-19 and the need to follow current public health guidelines and restrictions in the province of Nova Scotia, EANS has made the decision to not host traditional exhibitions and fairs for the 2021 season.”

The release further stated that this announcement did not preclude exhibitions and fairs from hosting smaller events that meet all public health requirements.

Doreen Holdright, manager of the Queens County Fair Association, said organizers had already thought ahead and had planned to make this year’s event a two-weekend affair. The only change from last year’s format is the addition of an extra day for the ox pull to allow more teams to compete.

“We’ve gone ahead and planned all the events which we normally would have, hoping that the regulations don’t change. If we have them planned, we can cancel, but if you don’t have them planned you’re left out there with nothing,” she said.

Under normal circumstances, the exhibition is held over five days and includes a parade, woodsman competition, light horse show and other activities.

At last year’s event, only 250 people were allowed on the grounds at any one time, including the competitors. Holdright reported they were close to capacity for spectators on both weekends.

The two days of ox pulls attracted 50 teamsters and 56 pairs of oxen. The horse pulls brought in about 27 pairs and two single pullers.

Holdright added that members of the association have also planned to host spring pulls for the horses in May and ox pulls for June. ATV rallies are also planned for May and November.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin