Exhibits, midway, petting zoo and more at this year’s Providence Bay Fair

The Verboom children line up their calves for judging at the 2014 Providence Bay Fair by judge Neil Tarlton. Expositor file photo

PROVIDENCE BAY—It’s time again for the annual Providence Bay Fair, this weekend (Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21).

The fun gets underway at 8:30 am on Friday morning when the exhibit hall opens for entries. The exhibits include a large showing of baking, arts and crafts, needlework, quilts, vegetables, Christmas crafts, grains, fruits, junior exhibit displays, woodworking, photography, senior exhibits and more. The exhibit hall will close for judging at 11 am.

The gates will open again at 5:30 pm with the midway by Albion Amusements, the Glendale Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. The light horse show registration will also start at 5:30 pm.

The light horse show will start at 6 pm, while the exhibit hall will open to the public for viewing at 7 pm.

Opening ceremonies on the main stage in the arena will be held at 7:30 pm, followed by the Ambassador of the Fair Competition at 8 pm. This year there are five girls competing for the title of Providence Bay Fair Ambassador. There will also be a pie-eating contest starting at 8 pm.

The exhibit building will close at 10 pm.

Start your Saturday morning off right with a pancake breakfast at the United Church from 7:30 to 11 am. The gates and exhibit hall open at 9 am.

The parade assembly for judging on Munro Street will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 am, with the parade, themed ‘Rural Roots and Country Boots,’ starting at 11:30 am. The exhibit hall will be closed during the parade from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm.

The midway will light up again at noon as will the Bronco Monster Truck from 12 until 5 pm.

‘Sing Along with Tim and the Pacifiers,’ an interactive music family show at 12 pm. The judging of the livestock, cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and poultry will take place at noon, along with the Glendale Petting Zoo and Pony Rides and the live animal display.

There will be more live entertainment from 1 to 3 pm from the Gibbings Family.

At 2 pm there will be children’s races and face painting.

The heavy draft horse pull will be held at 3 pm, along with another performance of ‘Sing Along with Tim and the Pacifiers,’ cow patty bingo, family tug-o-war and relay races. Baking items are to be removed from the exhibit hall at 4 pm.

Get ready to hear some great new voices at this year’s Manitoulin Idol Contest at 7:30 pm. The exhibit hall will close at 8 pm.

On Sunday morning, catch the motocross races at 10 am. Registration will be held from 6:30 to 8 am and the gates will open at 9 am. The exhibit hall will be open starting at 10 am.

Check out the Bronco Monster Truck from 11 am to 3 pm and the midway, petting zoo, pony rides and Tim and the Pacifiers at 11:30 am.

At 12:30, there will be cow patty bingo and the family paper boat races.

The single horse pull will start at 1 pm as will the turtle races, which are BYOT (bring your own turtle).

Double Barrel will be jamming out from 1 to 3 pm, and the family round bale push will start at 2:30 pm.

The quilt raffle draw will be held at 3 pm and the Manitoulin Idol winner will give a performance.

The exhibit hall closes at 3:30 pm and the removal of all exhibits will be at 4 pm.

Admission on Friday night or on Saturday night (4 to 10 pm) will be $5 for adults, $2 for children six to 12 and free for children under the age of five.

Full day admission on Saturday or Sunday will be $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 and free for children under the age of 5. 

Weekend admission passes are $20 for adults, $10 for children six to 12 and free for children under the age of five.

For more information visit providencebayfair.com and see Pages 16-17 of this newspaper.