The Milford Fair, re-established after the Second World War, is a real expression of ‘rural roots’, notes Charlie Vincent, a member of its board. “There’s nothing fancy about it. We work hard at keeping it old-fashioned, while adding a few new things every year.” The fair theme this year is a salute to the history of the fair as a foundation for its future.
Fair day is Saturday, Sept. 14 with the grounds opening at 10 a.m.; the opening parade at 11 a.m. and the official opening at noon, followed by the citizenship awards. Most displays and activities open at 11:30 a.m. and end at 5p.m. with the closing of the fair.
Everybody is invited to participate in the parade. Meet at the former South Marysburgh school at 10:30 a.m. to form up.
The Milford Fairgrounds is about five miles south of Picton. See milfordfair.pbworks.com for map.
Fairground admission – Adults $3; high school students $1; elementary school students and children under five free of charge.
As a “kick-off” to the fair, there’s a Square Dance on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the fairground shed starting at 7 p.m. Cash barbeque at 6 p.m. Country dancing, with live band (Wolfe Island Revelers) and Lorraine Sutton as caller. Admission is $5 each or $10 for a family.
On Fair Day, Saturday, Sept. 14:
• 8 -10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at Fairgrounds. Adults $6, children to 8 years old $4
• Food Both (near shed) open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• The opening parade starts at 11 a.m., featuring bands, floats, antique and classic
• automobiles, farm machinery, horses, clowns, kids – and prizes. Anyone wishing to join in should be at the former South Marysburgh school ground (the western edge of Milford) by 10:30 a.m. to register. Parade winners will be posted at the Information Booth at 2 pm.
• Entertainment by the parade bands starts at the Fairgrounds’ outdoor stage at 11:30 a.m., continues after the citizenship awards, and is followed by local entertainers on stage
• The Fair’s official opening is at noon, followed by the annual citizenship awards.
• There’ll be plenty for things for the kids: there’s a fishpond and a chance to build woodcraft items under adult supervision starting at 12:30 p.m.; pumpkin and face painting, both starting at 1 p.m.; and games and races starting at 2 p.m..
• There will be “country competitions”, too, with vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers, cooking, arts, and crafts in the shed. Judging of displays begins at 10:00 a.m. and the displays open to the public at 11:30 a.m.
• Bingo begins at 1 p.m. at Bredin Hall
• The ever-popular dog show starts at 1 p.m. at the west corner of the Shed.
• More animals will be on display, in the petting zoo, starting at 12:30 p.m.
• The Garden Tractor Pull will start at 2:00 p.m. at the South Field.
• Men and Women’s Log Sawing, Women’s Nail-driving, Men’s Weight Throw at 2:30 pm
• Horseshoe Tournament at 2:30 pm at the South Field.
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