More than 15,000 attend 156 th Russell Fair ACTUALITÉ • NEWS

vited to learn more about agriculture and country life, with the new addition of a tipi and collection of old First Nations’ objects which children could hold. Another new show was the West Coast Lumberjack Show, an amusing display of lumberjack skills including sawing and log- rolling. Hockey Canada’s traveling 100th anniversary show allowed people to use its synthetic ice surface. Several contests, draws and ra!es invited participation. Especially popular was the

Russell version of the Amazing Race, in which racers had to perform a variety of tasks related to agriculture and country life, such as cow-milking and square-dancing. Dairy farmer Tony Baas won the challenge. The playhouse built by Shane Construction and ra!ed by Ambassador Ministries in Co- venant was won by J. Scrimm of Stittsville, and the Russell Fair quilt was won by Janet Mitchell of Metcalfe. The Russell Fair has a large focus on horti- culture, crops, culinary arts and handcrafts,

and the grains, fruits, vegetables, "owers, food, preserves, sewing and crafts were of astounding quality. Cattle and horse shows, pets and rare breeds provided the fair’s li- vestock element. Antique collectors had unique pieces on display. Musical entertainment was constant, with The Trews contemporary hard rock headlining the Friday night show. Robertson’s Amusements Midway was a big hit, featuring more and bigger rides.


RUSSELL | The 156th Russell Fair was an- other success, sith over 15,000 people passing through the gates this year. The fair’s mix of old and new entertain- ments, displays and contests included mainstays such as Friday Education Day, where visitors and school children are in-

The Eastern Canada Cutting Horse Association competitions were held at the Russell Fair from September 4 to 7 in Russell, judged by Randy Butler of Gainesville, Texas. The ECCHA was started locally and now commands purses of thousands of dollars and attracts contestants fromall over Ontario, Quebec, theMaritimes and the eastern U.S. states. Brian Kelly placed !rst with 72 points in the !rst class, Troy Robinson came !rst with 74 points in the second class, and Annie Decroix came !rst in the amateur class.

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The tractor pull is always a popular event.

First place winner in the senior class of the Russell Fair Talent Show was Taryn Waldrop who sang a pitch perfect show tune, to the delight of the audience on Sunday, September 7 at the Russell Fair.


Robertson’s Amusements provided the midway for this year’s Russell Fair held September 4 to 7, and it was a big hit with kids, teens and adults. Fair board members said they had tried to get Robertson’s in the past, but the company had a scheduling con"ict. They have two complete units so they can now attend two fairs at the same time.

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Popular rock band The Trews played the Russell Arena on Friday, September 5 at the Russell Fair. Each year the fair hosts one or more major acts for the Friday night concert. In previous years guests have included The Sam Roberts Band, Terri Clark, Lawrence Gowan, Honeymoon Suite, and many other well- known entertainers.

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