The midway that usually sets up rides during the Shelburne County Exhibition will not be returning to this year's event, which runs Aug. 8 to 12.
The decision came after a dispute between the midway and exhibition owners when, for two years in a row, the midway operators pulled up the rides early and closed up shop before bracelet holders had a chance to get their money’s worth.
“Over the past couple of years, they were packing up the rides and leaving by 5 p.m. on a Saturday,” said Debi Hill, organizer of the Shelburne Exhibition.
She said many families would come in and buy a $22 bracelet per person and spend a lot of money, only to be disappointed.
Hill said it reflected poorly on the exhibition committee, even though the exhibition had no control over the midway's actions.
She said the former manager spoke with the midway company and the midway decided it would not return to Shelburne.
The committee could not get another midway company to come to the exhibition when they reached out for interest.
But, Hill said, this year’s exhibition will hold enough thrills without a midway.
“I don’t think it will make a bit of difference,” she said. “There is enough planned (and) in the works (that) the gate (sales) are going to be even higher.”
She said the committee has contacted the Big Bounce company in Yarmouth to provide some extra fun for kids and adults alike with bouncy houses and a Velcro wall.
It's possible that there might even be a mechanical bull, said Hill.
There are also a lot of favourites returning this summer, like horse hauls, karaoke, the little miss competition and chip bingo.
Hill said there will be a lot of new activities as well. A mud run will be held in memory of Tori Symonds while a dance on Saturday night will be held in memory of Dustin Conrad.
Organizers are hoping to get a washer tournament off the ground as well as a dunk competition.
“There of lots of other things to fill in where the midway was,” said Hill. “And lots to do for younger children.”