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Agriculture big part of Norfolk fair

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The county’s agricultural roots are key elements of the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show.

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Fair normal supervisor George Araujo says the annual fair is a approach for farmers to come back collectively and have a good time after a summer season of rising crops and elevating livestock.

“It’s a real opportunity to trade and celebrate what these farmers are doing and it provides a real integral way for them to gather the latest technological information from our venues and share that with others,” mentioned Araujo.

There is a powerful instructional aspect to the fair.  For instance, cow milking demonstrations have been held every day within the agriculture consciousness centre the place folks got the chance to attempt it out on a milking simulator.

Children have been additionally capable of study extra about farming via the Discover Agriculture Passport program. Participants vied for prizes by gathering eight passport stamps after answering agriculture-related questions at numerous websites all through the fair.

There are sheep exhibits, goat exhibits and even a llama present, however because the fair’s full title signifies horses are a predominant attraction.

People gathered for a spread of horse exhibits from the minis to the enormous Belgians, Percherons and Clydesdales.

Laura Spies from Erie Breeze Stables in Lowbanks in Haldimand County has been attending the fair for 4 years to boost consciousness and educate folks on the endangered Newfoundland Pony.

“These fairs are really important for us, so we can promote the breed. There are only 400-450 of the Newfoundland Ponies world-wide,” mentioned Spies.

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Spies, who raises and breeds Newfoundland Ponies with Serenity Glade Stables, says by elevating consciousness she hopes that others will assist defend the breed.

The 181st annual fair returned this yr after a hiatus in 2020 as a result of pandemic.

“It’s been a really successful startup for the fair this year,” mentioned Araujo on Thursday, explaining organizers had to make sure protocols have been in place below provincial pandemic security laws.

As a outcome some of the annual points of interest, competitions and reveals have been eradicated or diminished to supply further house for social distancing.

Despite the modifications, many of the fair’s previous attendees have been excited to be a part of the group gathering as soon as once more.

“Coming to the fair to me, means looking at the horses, cows and coming with my family,” mentioned Cassie Brisseau, who has been attending the fair for 23 years. She additionally cited the demolition derby and monster vehicles present as favourites. Unfortunately, they have been among the many gadgets lower this yr as a result of pandemic protocols.