Big changes coming to the Trinity Conception Fall Fair

Melissa Jenkins
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Changes are coming to the 56th annual Trinity Conception Agriculture and Home Crafts fair held at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace Sept. 18-21.

Sharon Giles showed the audience her cow milking skills at the Fall Fair several years ago. Although traditional booths, such as the cow milking station, will be a part of the fair still, some big changes have been made this year.

In addition to a host of new activities, there is a change in leadership. 

Without a manager for the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium, and a number of former committee members leaving, a new group of volunteers stepped in to ensure the fair continued.

Harbour Grace Coun. Kathy Tetford, the town’s fall fair liaison, and resident Jean Haire took on the role of co-chairs to help organize the traditional event, but also present some new and updated activities throughout.

The new committee, which consists of Haire, Tetford, Pamela Whelan, Sabrina Jenkins, Melissa Jenkins, Dave Regular, Derek Ash, Sharon Bavis, Melissa O’Keefe, Bud Chafe and David Murphy, have been meeting regularly to ensure the show would go on.

Not only will it go on, there are many additions to this year’s event that have never been seen before.

Changes

After considering some discussions from former fair-goers, the committee made some big decisions, including adding a second entrance to the fair. Traditionally, the main entrance has been the only point of entry.

This was to offer those who may want to see the booths and displays inside a more convenient entrance.

The parking lot entrance will still be available for those who wish to take part in the rides and games offered by Thomas Amusements, or anyone else who would like to use it.

There will be some event changes as well this year.

The annual parade will return after a short hiatus, and the group is calling out to all communities in the Trinity Conception region to participate. Students, organizations, businesses and anyone can take part in the parade.

Non-perishable food items will also be collected along the route. Donations can also be made inside the stadium throughout the four-day event.

Concerts

Two concert announcements have also been made, with a singing competition on the Friday (Sept. 19) night called, “Solo Sensation.”

In addition, the contest winners will participate in the opening and during intermission of the Abbey Road concert taking place Saturday (Sept. 20) night. This will be the first time in recent years the stadium will hold an all ages show with a 19-plus area.

Arguably, the biggest change this year is the prize draws as some major prizes are up for grabs, which have not yet been announced, to fair goers.

Ballots will go to anyone who attends the fair, and the draws will be done on Sunday, Sept. 21 during the Miss Newfoundland and Labrador pageant. Winners must be inside the stadium to accept their prizes.

But the committee assures there will still be plenty of traditional activities, like Thomas Amusements, live animals, vegetable and fruit awards and plenty of home crafts.

For more information, call Nancy or Lisa at the Town of Harbour Grace at 596-3631.

Organizations: Town of Harbour Grace

Geographic location: S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium, Abbey Road

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  • Potentialfairgoer
    September 12, 2014 - 21:10

    I don't think it is fair that the winner has to be there to claim the prizes. If your name is drawn then you should win the prize regardless of if you are in the building or not. If I go to the fair, I guess I will pass on the free ballot, I don't watch pageants or attend them, so I guess I'm not eligible for a prize.

  • Potential Ticket Buyer
    August 24, 2014 - 17:25

    I love all the changes, but for the prize draws, i feel it is unfair that the winner has to be there to win it if their name is drawn, will the stadium hold that many people, think about it, i definately wont be buying any tickets on the draws if i have to be there to win it.

    • Al
      August 26, 2014 - 21:43

      I have to agree, I know why they want you there when they announce the winner, but why would want to limit ticket sales in this way.

    • Fair goer
      August 27, 2014 - 08:04

      Are you sure you read the article? It says they will give a ballot just for going. You don't have to buy tickets for these prizes, they're free. Obviously, as I have noticed in recent years, the fair hasn't been as busy as in previous. This new committee looks to be trying to bring more people in to try and revive it. Hats off to them. This is how rumours get spread.

  • Neil
    August 23, 2014 - 13:49

    Now if all the other festivals in CBN would adopt the openess to change, it would be great. Some of the festivals are same old, same old every year. Just a suggestion to the other towns to look at changing it up a bit to try to draw bigger crowds.