Harriston-Minto Fall Fair celebrates 150th anniversary

Sept. 18 to 20 will mark the 150th anniversary for the Harriston-Minto Fall Fair, and organizers have many plans in the works.

The local agricultural society is excited to have its newly formed junior directors in charge of its first Agricultural Awareness program.

There will be displays and exhibits, and fun and educational games suitable for all ages. The goal is to promote agriculture and help clarify the common misconceptions about life on the farm. Participation is free, with prizes to be won.

The Wellington Junior Farm­ers will be running the Farmer’s Olympics, in which participants can test their farm skills and have some fun too.  For more information, contact Matt Dann at 519-338-5872. 

Another new venue is the Share the Harvest community service project. Gardeners who have extra produce can drop it off at the fairgrounds on Fall Fair Saturday and Sunday.  Anyone who has a use for that produce is welcome to take what they need in return for a donation. All donations will be distributed to the Minto Food Banks.

The society’s first ever homemade wine competition will be available for those who enjoy that hobby. The wines will be judged on their own merits using the standard 20-point tasting score sheet. More details are on page 14 of the fair book.

There will be several historical displays and demonstrations this year, including a working threshing machine, a blacksmith, wool spinning, quilt tying, napkin folding, cake decorating, stamping, square dancing, an antique knitting machine, and antique tractor and gas engines. Fall Fair memorabilia will also be on display.

The Farms of Minto display will be in the curling arena. People are asked to bring farm pictures to the fair for display (please attach lot and Con­cession, name of owner, and date if possible). 

Competitors will find more modern classes in this year’s book. For more information contact the fair secretary at 519-338-3903 or go to www.­harristonmintofair.ca for a complete listing of events.