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Ex-citement: Annapolis Valley Ex ready to roll Aug. 14-19


Published on August 3, 2017

Brooke Rossignol clears a jump during show jumping competition at the Annapolis Valley Exhibition last year.

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LAWRENCETOWN, NS - The stage is set for the 90th annual Annapolis Valley Exhibition in Lawrencetown Aug. 14-19, with top name entertainment combined with traditional favourites filling the schedule for the six-day fair.
 

Steven Kempton urges on his team of oxen during ox-haul excitement at last year’s Annapolis Valley Exhibition last year.
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A featured attraction at this year’s exhibition are the Hearts n’ Hooves Trick Riders from Alberta, who will be performing shows Aug. 14 at 6 p.m., Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 17 at 7:15 p.m., said Rachel Taylor, the exhibition manager.
“The trick riders were here once before around three years ago. Everyone loved the show, which is why we arranged for them to come back,” said Taylor.
Also back by popular demand is car hockey on Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
“We started car hockey last year and it was so popular we have brought it back again,” said Taylor.
Car Hockey involves teams of cars trying to score a goal by bouncing a "puck" (tire) around the field and is very entertaining to say the least.
New to the exhibition this year is the Maritime Four Horse Hitch Classic Series; a four-horse draft hitch competition, open to all breeds of draft horses, scheduled for Aug. 19 at 11:30 a.m. The new draft horse organization is doing a series of shows at seven exhibitions from now until the first of September, including the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick provincial exhibitions.
Back on the schedule are all-time favourites , such as the Miss Valley Ex Pageant on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.; the Little Miss Ex on Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m.; and the Wild N Woolie Sheep Rodeo, which is on tap for four evenings starting Aug. 16.
“That’s always a fan favourite ,” said Taylor.
Exhibition Idol is also back, with preliminary rounds scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18 at 6 p.m. The Idol Finals will be held Aug. 19 starting at 5 p.m.
Taylor said the exhibition committee has done “a lot of sprucing up in front of the stage, thanks to Spicer’s Construction. We’re grateful for the work,” she said, adding the improvements to the grounds means “more room for the dog agility show and more room for spectators. It also frees up the main show ring for other events so everybody wins.”
New bleachers have also been purchased and installed in the pulls barn.
Taylor said well over 160 dedicated volunteers help with staging the exhibition each year, pitching in to do everything from mucking out stalls to setting up displays.
“We really couldn’t do it without them, or our sponsors,” said Taylor.
Each year, the Annapolis Valley Exhibition attracts thousands of people from across the Maritimes and beyond.
“It makes us feel like all our hard work is worth it,” said Taylor.
Other exhibition event highlights include the street parade on Aug. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. from Fitch Road to the exhibition grounds, as well as a Baby Contest, Toddler Olympics, Mini Olympics, Little Mr. Construction and Me and My Pet fun competitions.
On the musical front, a stellar line-up is planned for the exhibition at both the John Longley Memorial Riverside Concert Stage and in the Grey Display Building. Admission to the Exhibition also gives patrons admission to all concerts.
Headlining at the Memorial Riverside Concert Stage on Friday night are the Trews at 8:30 p.m. The opening act is Joker’s Right (7 p.m.) On Saturday night, Confederate Railroad will take to the stage at 8:30 p.m. Witchitaw will open at 7 p.m.