Thursday, 19 September 2013

Fell in Love with The Feversham Fall Fair

The weather last Saturday was amazing, it was a gorgeous summer day reminiscent of the equally beautiful day my husband and I were married on the dock at Lake Eugenia 11 years prior.  We were spending our morning sitting at the dock having brunch with our friends and family, finding it hard to make plans to do anything else that day.  I have never been to the Feversham Fall Fair and because I was in no rush to leave the serenity of the dock, I was wondering if I even wanted to go.  Finally later in the afternoon I was motivated enough to head to the 146th Feversham Fall Fair to check it out for the first time, along with my small entourage.

Our arrival at the fair was with a greeting display of vintage cars and tractors which my son and nephew were just captivated by.  The kids like seeing the engines of the tractors and it made me imagine how vital the tractor would have been to the success of the family farm.  Today they have been lovingly restored to a show room shine and I was amazed at how many old tractors there were.  I really would have liked to have seen the tractor pull but that is definitely something I will be sure not to miss next year.

We stopped to watch the light horse show, where these girls had to ride their horses up to a barrel with a pole in it, grab the pole, ride around another barrel and then put the pole back in the barrel.  Sounds simple but some of the horses were spooked by it and this was a timed trail.  These young ladies showed off some real horsemanship skills, I was super impressed.  While watching the pole competition, I met one of the Fair’s beautiful ambassadors who let me take her photo, crown and all.  How great it must be to have a crown that you can wear whenever you want, even when you’re just watching tv, the lucky girl.

The display of all the best of everyone’s talents in the arena was impressive.  The flowers, art work, canning, baking, vegetables, knitting, quilts, just to name of the displays was so nice to see.  Can you imagine the bragging rights you would have for winning first place in the apple pie division?  The downside might be that anytime people came over they would most likely expect you to bake them your first place pie recipe.  I still think it would be so worth it when you served dessert to be able to say “here comes thebest apple pie in Feversham, I have the ribbon to prove it!”

I loved seeing the cows, they were beautiful.  If ever you wanted to pet a cow the fair is the time do it.  They were all washed up like they were dressed in their Sunday best on their way to Grandma’s house for dinner.  You still had to mind your step but they were so beautiful, I had to pet them all. 

I really was impressed with how much this fair had going on, so much for everyone to see and do.  I saw lots of kids with painted faces and great balloon sculptures.  The kids in my entourage had to get some ice cream, it was the perfect weather for it.  The hay pile was a hit with all the kids, even our littlest entourage member William.  That night they were having a Fall Fair dance which is another thing I want to plan to attend for next year.    

As we started to make our way out of the fair I really took away the sense of community which was the underlying theme in this friendly competition.   Even though everyone came out to compete against their friends and neighbours, it seemed more just a reason this community to get together and celebrate all the things that made them who they were.  I loved seeing the men gather around someone's tractor.  I loved hearing the ladies talking about their entries in the quilt competition and complement each other on their entries.  I really loved it and will try to recapture it at the Rocklyn Fall Fair this coming September 28.  Hope you can make it out to the Fair as well.