Harriston-Minto fair features reunion pizza party on Sept. 13

HARRISTON – The 160th annual Harriston-Minto Fall Fair kicks off Friday night and continues through Sunday.

Fair ambassador Chelsea Beyer and junior ambassador Charlotte Moore, who were selected in a competition on July 5, will be on hand to greet fairgoers throughout the Sept. 13 to 15 event.

“The theme is Family Ties and Homemade Pies,” noted Harriston Minto Agricultural Society president Eric Rae at a presentation to Minto council on Sept. 3. 

Rae told council a display at the local library on the fair’s history, curated by the Harriston Historical Society, drew a great deal of attention over the past few weeks. 

Historical exhibit

“We had lots of people come in to see that from Alberta, the Maritimes and across Ontario,” he noted.

“If you missed it, most of it will be at the fair.”

Agricultural society treasurer Warren Grein outlined some of the main attractions for this year’s fall fair, including:

– laser tag, balloon making, lawn mower races and a 160th anniversary reunion pizza night on Friday; 

– Agriculture Awareness Building, Let’s Talk Science display, Children’s Village, mini-putt a dog show and baby show on Saturday, capped off with a performance by the Elvis tribute band Peter Irwin and the Memphis Rebels on Saturday night; and

– a fair breakfast, soapbox derby, beef shows, pedal tractor show and demolition derby on Sunday.

“It’s a fun weekend … jam packed,” said Grein.