Organizers are looking forward to a “full” post-COVID Haliburton County Fair June 10, after a scaled back 2022 version that only had music and the horse pull.
Minden Agricultural Society first vice president, Cathy Fisher, said while it is a lot of work for directors, they are excited about the jam-packed day.
Music will again take centre stage. This year’s lineup includes: The County Hot Flashes from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Louie Reynolds from 11:30 a.m. to noon; Barnard and Brohm from noon to 12:30 p.m. and The Todd Nolan Show from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will also be an open mic for the first time.
The other big thing, according to Fisher, is the horse pull at 3:30 p.m.
She noted they are also going to have an auction this year, just before the horse pull, at 3 p.m.
She said they have had some great donations. They include a load of logs from Roger Danilko Trucking and Logging; eight yards of 5/8 black granite from Fowler’s, donated by Harry Hutchings Trucking; a bush cord of split wood from CNC Wood Processing; 12 yards of 5/8 crush donated in memory of Ingram Wessell and sons; a lap quilt donated by Marylou Clark; a tri axle load of granular gravel from the Leveque Bros.; and a tri axle of 5/8 crush from Total Site Services.
One fun feature this year is a bouncy castle for adults. It’s a John Deere-themed combine.
Fisher added the curling club is going to have exhibits, a tea room, baked goods, demonstrations and woodworking.
Weather permitting, RE/MAX will host hot air balloon rides; Zoo to You will be on site; there will be a classic and antique car show; and free kids pony rides. Boshkung Brewing will be manning the beer tent.
“It is exciting to get back and keep building,” Fisher said, “because next year is our 160th year.”