The 2022 Williamstown Fair makes a strong return to ‘normal’

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Despite fewer vendors, the fairgrounds were packed for the Williamstown Fair, which completed its 211th year last weekend.

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New this year included a speaker series with presentations ranging from transplanting perennials to off-grid living, a quilt exhibit featuring original creations by locals, and a shuttle service ferrying people from the overflow parking lot. towards the field.

According to show board director Roy Perkins, there were a record number of exhibitors at the Glengarry Holstein Cattle Show on Saturday. Not only were there a record number of cows, but Perkins said attendance was strong, estimating a 10-15% increase in attendance from 2019. Perkins said a typical year would see 8,000-12 000 people.

Left to right: Natia Gallant and Natalie Martel worked the Pick-a-lucky-duck concession game at this year’s Williamstown Fair on Sunday August 7, 2022 in Cornwall, Ontario. Laura Dalton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Laura Dalton /Laura Daltonl/Standard-Freeholder

Perkins said the fair has never missed a year and is a community gathering of people and sponsors working together to ensure it can continue. The fair displayed a huge range of vehicles, with 29 vintage tractors and dozens of classic cars exhibited by their owners.

Denis Duperron of Glen Robertson has been coming to the fair for 30 years and says he enjoys the way the fair displays such older items as vintage tractors and trucks.

“I like it because a lot of old stuff comes out and I see it again. It hits me hard,” he said.

He said he enjoyed everything about the fair, especially how everyone is getting back to normal and can socialize again.

Andrew Sangster with his Clydesdale horse, Lexie, on display at the Williamstown Fair on Sunday August 7, 2022 in Williamstown, Ont.  Laura Dalton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
Andrew Sangster with his Clydesdale horse, Lexie, on display at the Williamstown Fair on Sunday August 7, 2022 in Williamstown, Ont. Laura Dalton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Laura Dalton /Laura Daltonl/Standard-Freeholder

Williamstown’s Andrew Sangster displayed his two Clydesdale horses for people to pet and learn about. He explained that the horse weighed 1,600 pounds when fully grown. Sangster said his family has been showing animals at the fair for five generations. He said he had only had horses for 12 years and before that his family had shown cattle at the fair.

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Sangster said he loves seeing the excitement children feel when seeing the horses and talking with older people who share stories reminiscing about their experience with the animal. Sangster hails from Strathburn Farm, which was founded in 1844 and offers wagon rides in the summer and sleigh rides in the winter.

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On Sunday afternoon, rounds of sheep shearing took place, where Ross Creighton of Carleton Place demonstrated his skill. Creighton has been attending the fair for over a decade and sheared a sheep in front of an audience in less than three minutes.

Opposite the halfway was a petting zoo and pony rides. Screams of excitement came from the children circling around the herded goats eagerly searching for food.

The Lancaster Curling Club returned on Saturday and Sunday to offer pole rolls and raise funds for the club, packing the hangout, an open plan barn where people could sit and socialize out of the Sun.

There were vendors selling items ranging from Tupperware to honey, along with a slew of chip wagons and a lemonade stand. Visitors could even get Thai food from a stall located halfway.

Halfway there was a ferris wheel, a fun slide and bumper cars, and lots of concession games.

The Akwesasne Little Men compete in the annual tug of war competition at the Williamstown Fair on Sunday August 7, 2022 in Williamstown, Ontario.  Laura Dalton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
The Akwesasne Little Men compete in the annual tug of war competition at the Williamstown Fair on Sunday August 7, 2022 in Williamstown, Ontario. Laura Dalton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Laura Dalton /Laura Daltonl/Standard-Freeholder

Sunday was the annual Tug of War competition with teams from across the region coming to compete in a round-robin tournament. The stands were packed with spectators cheering on the teams as they fired either side of a rope stretching the length of the pitch.

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