The Digby County Exhibition is hoping to pull in more spectators and participants to help celebrate its 135th birthday.
The association behind the exhibition has organized a few programs to remind people about the fun and family events that happen on the grounds in Bear River every August.
“We’re trying to get people to come back to the exhibition,” says Debbie Haight. “There’s so much talent in this area—carvers, painters, quilters, knitters, gardeners—it’d be nice to see people bring down their work and let people have a look.
“The buildings used to be just crawling with exhibits.”
To honour all the people who participated in the exhibition over the years and to mark the 135th anniversary, Terry Gilbert of Digby has volunteered to paint a memorial mural on the walls of the exhibition building.
The mural includes a large tree and people can buy leaves for $20 to be painted with the names of the past exhibition participants.
“We want to remember all the great people who kept this exhibition going,” said Haight. “Whether ox teamster, quilter, in 4-H, or just someone who loved the exhibition and came as a spectator, we want to have their name on the mural.”
Besides the person’s name, the leaves could include date of birth and date of death, or where they’re and what they participated in.
The association is hoping to sell 100 leaves before the unveiling at the opening ceremonies of the Digby County…