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Midway returning to Shelburne County Exhibition this year

Cody Atwood (left) urges on Louie and Rex during the heavy horse pull at the Shelburne exhibition grounds on May 12. Along with an ox-haul, a roping clinic by the South Western Riders Association and a fundraiser dance, it was a busy weekend at the exhibition grounds. The Shelburne County Agriculture Exhibition Association has lots on the go leading up the 143rd annual Shelburne County Exhibition on Aug. 6 to 10.  Kathy Johnson photo
Cody Atwood (left) urges on Louie and Rex during the light horse pull at the Shelburne exhibition grounds on May 12. Along with an ox-haul, a roping clinic by the South Western Riders Association and a fundraiser dance, it was a busy weekend at the exhibition grounds. The Shelburne County Agriculture Exhibition Association has lots on the go leading up the 143rd annual Shelburne County Exhibition on Aug. 6 to 10. Kathy Johnson photo - Kathy Johnson

East Coast Amusements will be setting up a midway this year after a two-year absence

SHELBURNE, N.S. —

The Shelburne County Agriculture Exhibition Association has hit the ground running this year, with fundraisers being held, events being hosted at the exhibition grounds, a logo contest open for submissions and preparations for the return of the midway.

Plans are well underway for the 143rd annual Shelburne County Exhibition, being held Aug. 6 to 10, said general manager Billie Buchanan in an interview, with the return of a midway, some top-notch entertainment being lined up, and plans for special exhibits.

East Coast Amusements will be setting up a midway this year after a two-year absence.

“They said they will be bringing four or five rides, some bouncies and concession booths,” said Buchanan. “We’re also looking at having free Wifi hooked up for the week so we can go live with videos” and exhibition goers can access their mobile devices.

Plans are in the works for an antique farm implements display as well as a beekeeper’s display, vendors are being sought for the arena, and so far, headline acts include the Halifax 80s band 3 Way Radio, and multi-talented entertainer Ian Stewart, also from Halifax, who holds the Guinness record for chainsaw juggling. The theme for this year’s parade is expected to be announced soon, said Buchanan.

Buchanan said the Shelburne Lions Club will be heading up the pageants this year and will be helping with the main canteen at the exhibition grounds.

“We’re teaming up and working together,” she said, adding a lot of people have stepped up to help the exhibition association, with 18 people now serving on the board of directors. “Some have been there for years and some are new. Everybody is pitching in and helping out. It’s been awesome.”

While ATV and mud run events will still be on the exhibition schedule this year, Buchanan said there are tentative plans to hold the Dustin Conrad Memorial Burnout on a different date. The day after the exhibition (Aug. 11) a crash-up derby is planned.

The Western Shore Barrel Racers and the South Western Riders Association will be taking to the riding ring, not only during the exhibition, but at a fun day barrel racing show on May 18 as a fundraiser. The Western Shore Barrel Racers will also be putting on a show on June 22 and 23.

In the meantime, the exhibition association is into round two of what is proving to be a very popular fundraiser; a grand in hand. One-hundred tickets are sold at $20 each with the exhibition association winning $1,000 as well as the lucky ticket holder.

“The first round sold out within the first two weeks and this one here is on track to do the same,” said association president Jamie Matthews, adding plans are to continue the fundraiser as long as it is supported by the public. Monies raised will be going towards barn maintenance and additional stalls for work horses and oxen.

Matthews said the association will soon be launching a fundraising campaign to support building a new ox/horse barn.

The association also has a design a logo for the exhibition contest underway. Entry forms are available at Circle K in Shelburne, via the Shelburne County Exhibition Facebook page, or by contacting any of the directors. The deadline for submissions is June 30. Designs can be submitted to shelburnecountyex@outlook.com, through Facebook or by giving it to a director.

The winner will be announced the opening night of exhibition and will receive a season pass for life to the exhibition and be accredited with the logo design.

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