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Plenty on tap during 5-day Western Nova Scotia Exhibition in Yarmouth

A 2016 4-H tug-of-war competition in the outside ring at the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition.
A 2016 4-H tug-of-war competition in the outside ring at the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition.

YARMOUTH, N.S. – It’s exhibition time again in Yarmouth, as a tradition spanning more than a century-and-a-half continues and, once more, the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition has something for just about everyone. 

The 158th annual event opens Wednesday, Aug. 2, and goes to Sunday, Aug. 6, and will feature a wide range of activities, from truck pulls to ox hauls to light horse events to musical entertainment, including tributes to some rock legends.

Visit the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition website at www.wnse.ca for daily schedules and information on events and entertainment.

The midway at the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition in Yarmouth.

Of course, there’s the popular midway throughout the week, which will open daily at noon, with the exception of Wednesday (Aug. 2), when it opens at 3 p.m. Every day is bracelet day.

“I can tell you that the Hurricane ride is coming, apparently there’s a lot of buzz about that,” said Barb Firth, a director on the board of the Yarmouth County Agricultural Society, which organizes the exhibition.

On the midway at the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition in Yarmouth.

Exhibition participants include 4H members, who will have various displays and activities.

“We’re really happy that 4H is there because they’re wonderful,” Firth said. “I think a lot of people don’t realize how much 4H kids do.”

4-H Light Horse Classes at the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition in Yarmouth.

The exhibition’s entertainment lineup includes a Friday night tribute to the music of Rod Stewart, Cher and Lady Gaga and a Saturday night tribute to Bryan Adams and Shania Twain.

Musical performers for this year’s exhibition from closer to home include Jason Price, Dave Gunning, Blain Henshaw and the Bellamon.

Aside from the musical offerings, the exhibition includes, to name just a few more, an ATV competition, drone racing and an impressive domino display.

Inside the Kiddie Farm at the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition.

The kiddie farm is among the exhibition’s popular daily features.

Firth says the exhibition wouldn’t happen without the efforts of many volunteers.

Planning for the exhibition begins pretty much a year in advance, she said, although it’s the last two months or so prior to the event that things really start to happen.

“It’s a great group of people and it’s a wonderful organization to be involved in,” she said. “And we’re always looking for new volunteers.”

The community is very supportive of the exhibition, Firth said, and the exhibition puts a lot back into the community.

Having fun on one of the midway rides at the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition in Yarmouth.
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Referring to what the exhibition has to offer, she said, “It really is family fun for ages two to 92, where you can make memories and friends. We do it because we love to see people coming through the doors and the best thing is the smiles on people’s faces.”

Ox haul at the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition.

NOTE TO READERS: Thursday, Aug. 3 is Vanguard Day at the exhibition. Two coupons to save $2 off the price of admission are in our July 31 issue of the Tri-County Vanguard.

ADMISSION PRICES:

Adult (daily): $10

Children (5-12, daily): $5

4 years and under FREE

Adult weekly pass: $25

Youth weekly pass: $15

Admission on Sunday: Adults $5, Youth $2

Ride bracelets: $25 (advance bracelets $21). Everyday is bracelet day.

Lots of big stuffed toys being carried around at the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition.

 

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