MANITOWANING — The Manitowaning Agricultural Society hosted the 139th annual Manitowaning Fall Fair this past weekend themed ‘family fun.’

There was live entertainment from Ben Lentir and Friends during the Friday night opening. There were many exhibits on display as well as a bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 draw (won by Norm Moggy), door prizes, penny sale, Hot Wheels race, fish pond and various vendors and displays.

Members of the 4H Club pose with their goats. This year marks the 100th anniversary of 4H.
Members of the 4H Club pose with their goats. This year marks the 100th anniversary of 4H.

Assiginack Mayor Paul Moffat thanked everyone for attending the 139th Fall Fair during the opening ceremonies Friday evening and thanked the agricultural society for all their hard work in putting on the event.

Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing Liberal candidate Heather Wilson was in attendance and also congratulated the society on putting together the fair.

“There is lots to learn and I am happy that I could attend your wonderful event,” said Ms. Wilson.

Friday night concluded with a teen dance with DJ Ashley Q.

Saturday started with a pancake breakfast at Knox United Church, followed by the parade.

There were lots of amazing floats in the parade including this one from the  Assiginack Horticultural Society, which organizes the Fall Fair each year. photos by Robin Burridge
There were lots of amazing floats in the parade including this one from the Assiginack Horticultural Society, which organizes the Fall Fair each year. photos by Robin Burridge

This year’s float winner was the Penny family. In second was the 4H Club and in third place was the Roque family.

Back at the arena, the exhibit and vendors remained open for viewing. There were also inflatables for kids, carnival games and pony rides.

Five-year-old Jacob Jones holds up his Lego spaceship fall exhibit entry.
Five-year-old Jacob Jones holds up his Lego spaceship fall exhibit entry.
Large crowds came out to enjoy the horse show.
Large crowds came out to enjoy the horse show.

The horse show at noon saw John Graham with horses Snap and Bell win the lightweight division (the team, later in the day, also went on to win the Wikwemikong Fall Fair horse pull lightweight division) with a pull of 6,000 pounds.

The heavyweight winner was Gerald Webkamigad with Roy and Tim, who also went on to win the same division at the Wikwemikong Fall Fair.

The Best Teamster Award went to Doug Thompson with Doc and Casey, who as well won the Best Teamster Award at the Wikwemikong Fall Fair.

Ava Fields, 8, and Sniper. Sniper was the winner of the biggest dog, best behaved and best tricks prizes in the pet show.
Ava Fields, 8, and Sniper. Sniper was the winner of the biggest dog, best behaved and best tricks prizes in the pet show.

Other events throughout the weekend included a horse show and pet show.

“The weekend went really well,” said organizer Denise Villeneuve. “We were really pleased with the turnout. We had over 400 people attend throughout the weekend. It was also great that the weather cooperated.”

Ben Lentir and Friends entertained fair goers on Friday night.
Ben Lentir and Friends entertained fair goers on Friday night.

Ms. Villeneuve explained that the money raised helps put on the Fall Fair and that the agricultural society uses funds from events like the Fall Fair to make donations to the municipality such as the two new bleachers by the horse arena.