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All systems a go for Shelburne County Exhibition being held Aug. 7-11

Horses and riders from throughout southwestern Nova Scotia converged at the Shelburne Exhibition Grounds on June 23 and 24 for the Western Shore Barrel Racing Club’s (WSBRC) show and competition. KATHY JOHNSON
Horses and riders from throughout southwestern Nova Scotia converged at the Shelburne Exhibition Grounds on June 23 and 24 for the Western Shore Barrel Racing Club’s (WSBRC) show and competition. They'll also be part of the fun at the Shelburne County Exhibition with competitions on Aug. 10 and 11. KATHY JOHNSON

SHELBURNE, N.S. – All systems are a go for the Shelburne County Exhibition, with new and exciting events and activities added to traditional favorites making a full schedule for the Aug. 7 to 11 exhibition.

The exhibition opens on Aug. 7 with 4-H Activity Day on the exhibition grounds, where members of the Roseway 4-H Club and the Sou’West 4-H Club will be taking center stage with 4-H Life Skills Competitions starting at 10 a.m. and an awards presentation that evening. They will be joined by visiting 4-H delegates from Manitoba.

A Shelburne County Exhibition parade from a couple of years ago. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
A Shelburne County Exhibition parade from a couple of years ago. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

 

Throughout the day, judging of exhibits and livestock will take place, light horse programming will begin in the riding ring, and the start of ox-hauls and heavy horse hauls will get underway. The downtown street parade starts at 6:30 p.m. from Minto Street, following a route along Water Street to John Street, making its way to the exhibition grounds, ending at the Shelburne Mall. The parade theme this year is A Night At The Movies. The official opening and an old-fashioned kitchen party follows at the Shelburne County Arena.

For further information about the Shelburne County Exhibition visit www.shelburneexhibition.ca or on Facebook: Shelburne County Exhibition.

Aug. 8 is Seniors’ Day at the Shelburne County Exhibition ($3 admission). Highlights of the day’s schedule include performances by Dave Burbine and Traditional Country, the opening of the new tough truck and ATV course on the lower exhibition grounds, where trucks can play on the course for free during the afternoon, and the Teen Pageant, hosted by the Shelburne and Area Lions Club, starting at 7 p.m. Also, on tap is the Dustin Conrad memorial brake-burn competition at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is on site.

On Aug. 9, there will be a youth karaoke contest from 4 to 6 p.m. The Little Miss Exhibition Pageant starts at 7 p.m. An Adult Karaoke Competition is on tap for Aug 10, starting at 8 p.m. followed by a musical performance by Fraser Newcombe. On Aug. 11, the kiddies barn with balloons, juice packs and coloring pages giveaway gets the fun started in the morning. The Dustin Conrad Memorial Bursary Fundraiser Dance that evening is the exhibition’s grand finale. In between will consolation and championship ox hauls and horse pulls, line dancing and more musical performances.

Is there a car in there? A lot of smoke concealed the presence of vehicles during a past Dustin Conrad Memorial Burnout at the Shelburne County Exhibition. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
Is there a car in there? A lot of smoke concealed the presence of vehicles during a past Dustin Conrad Memorial Burnout at the Shelburne County Exhibition. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

 

Every day at the exhibition there will be 4-H demonstrations, chip bingo, a beer garden, a hands-on petting farm, horse classes and competitions in the horse ring, historical, baking, crafts, floral and agricultural displays, and new this year, HRM Mascots and Inflatables. “They have something for all ages,” including a 90-foot inflatable slide, said Debi Hill, spokesperson and assistant secretary for the Shelburne County Agricultural Association.

Also new to the exhibition is an outdoor stage, where One Meter Up will be performing in the evening of Aug. 9. On Aug. 10 its karaoke time with Brian Nickerson.

The Western Shore Barrel Racing Club is also taking part in the Shelburne County Exhibition for the first time this year, joining with the South Western Riders Association for barrel racing competitions on Aug. 10 and 11.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on, something going on all the time,” said Hill. “We have a lot more vendors for the arena this year so that should be pretty full.”

Another new event at this year’s exhibition is the Run-Whatcha-Brung Event on Aug. 9, starting at 6 p.m. “Whatever you drive up in, that’s what you run,” said Hill. Truck and bike mud runs are also on tap.

Hill said the Shelburne County Agricultural Association has been building partnerships with community groups such as the South Western Riders Association and together through the efforts of some “very dedicated volunteers” have done a lot of work to the grounds, the outdoor horse stalls, the riding ring and the horse barn over the past few months. “It’s really looking good down there,” she said adding a lot of work has also been done on the lower grounds and the tough truck and ATV course.

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