MANITOWANING—This weekend, Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, marks the 141st Manitowaning Fall Fair at the Assiginack arena and fairgrounds.
On Thursday, September 7, the arena opens its doors for entries from 7 to 9 pm. The arena is also open for entries from 8:30 to 11:30 am on Friday, September 8.
On Friday, those same entries will undergo rigorous testing at 12:30 pm to determine just who has the best baked goods or grows the best tomatoes, and so much more.
That night, at 7 pm, the doors open. Be sure to check out the many exhibits, bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 draw, penny table, canteen, vendors and displays, Manitoulin Spelling Bee, fish pond and door prize, which this year is two tickets for a sunset dinner cruise aboard the Chi-Cheemaun. The opening ceremonies get underway at 7:30 pm followed by entertainment by classic country favourites Down Yonder.
Head to the Knox United Church on Saturday, September 9 for a hearty pancake breakfast starting at 9 am. Manitowaning is a parade town, and a parade they shall have starting at 11 am with this year’s theme ‘Canada Celebrates 150.’ At noon, the doors open to the arena again for more exhibit perusals.
Head outside the arena for a barbecue, inflatable fun, more vendors, horse and pony rides and a classic car show.
At noon on Saturday will be the Manitoulin Light Horse Club horse show followed by the livestock judging at 12:30 pm and the pet show at 1 pm. Robbie Shawana can be found inside the pavilion at noon until 1:30 with his musical stylings.
At 2 pm, the horse pull gets underway with the exhibit hall closing at 3:30 pm.
Admission to the Manitowaning Fall Fair is $6 for adults, $4 for children and children five and under are free.
For the full list of events, please see the double page spread on Pages 14 and 15 of this newspaper.