In the absence of fall fair, Aberfoyle Agricultural Day slated for Sept. 11

ABERFOYLE – It won’t be the same as its normal fall fair, but the Aberfoyle Agricultural Society is organizing a half-day event this year it hopes will come close.

On Sept. 11, from 1:30 to 5pm, the society is hosting Agricultural Day on the grounds outside the Puslinch Community Centre.

Admission is free and the first 250 cars will receive a goody bag with coupons from local businesses, pens and pencils, and items that children will enjoy.

“We deliberated for a year on this,” said Don McKay, past-president of the society, noting organizers were well into planning last year’s fair when the pandemic forced them to cancel.

“It was heartbreaking and we hated to do it. But it was necessary,” he said.

The Aberfoyle fair normally starts on the Friday night with a tractor pull with the rest of the events on the Saturday.

This year’s half-day event will be smaller, but still have displays, animals to see, and things to do that will interest the whole family.

“Our fair is mainly for kids,” McKay said. “After all the lockdowns, we hope people will want to come out.”

There will be displays – 4-H will be there, as will a showing of antique tractors and other farm equipment. There will also be food.

And there are other ways to join the fun, including a photo contest, colouring contest and the agriculture adventure, which is a photo-style scavenger hunt of sorts.

Deadline for contest entries is Sept. 10. Prizes will be awarded on Agricultural Day.

There will also be a lawn tractor pull at 4:30pm on Sept. 11.

“It’s not the tractor pull, but we’re pleased to have a pulling event for people. It’s normally very popular,” McKay said.

He added the focus of the day, like the fair, is to build a sense of community and to show people where their food comes from.

Full information about the event can be found here.

Drive-thru chicken dinner

As well, the agricultural society is organizing another drive-thru chicken dinner fundraiser.

This one is planned for Sept. 19. Meals include a half-chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, buns and a butter tart for $20.

Meals must be pre-ordered; pick-up will be at Duff’s Presbyterian Church.

Call 519-823-2687 to place an order.