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The Digby County Exhibition is underway

A picture of oxen getting lined up for a pull at the exhibition in 2017.
A picture of oxen getting lined up for a pull at the exhibition in 2017. - Contributed

This year the annual Digby County Exhibition runs from Aug. 22-25.  

The exhibition is celebrating their 139th anniversary of operating, it’s one of the longest running exhibitions in Nova Scotia and organizers think it’ll be a great year.

“We are a very traditional exhibition, we don’t have rides or carnival games, we run mainly on agriculture and farming,” says Michelle Winchester, one of the organizers.

Winchester has been volunteering with the exhibition for the last four years, but she’s visited the exhibition every year for as long as she can remember, and it never fails to impress her.

“I think the exhibition is very important to the community. It’s neat to see families come together year after year for the event,” she said.

Liam Constable just visited the exhibition for the first time last year and he plans to return to the exhibition again this year.

“It’s quite a sight to see an ox team pulling,” he says.

Constable grew up in Ontario and was involved in the 4H program. He’s always been interested in agriculture.

He’s visited exhibitions in Ontario, but the Digby County exhibition had more ox teams and pulls than he’s ever seen.

“It was really impressive to compare the differences between the exhibitions I’ve seen in Ontario to the one here.”

According to a Digby Courier article from July 1969, the 1929 Digby County Exhibition was the first two-day festival ever held in the County. Over the years the exhibition has the same goal, celebrating agriculture.

Since the beginning the exhibition has run horse and ox pulls and as the years went on, more events were added.

Over the past few years exhibition organizers have been trying to encourage participation in the non-livestock competition.

Participants can enter photography, quilts, food, handmade art, preserves and more. Entries are judged on a number of factors, including presentation, quality. For a full list of rules and details visit www.digbycountyexhibition.ca

Next year for the 140th anniversary, organizers are working on making the exhibition bigger and to do that they need more volunteers.

“We’re basically going to start planning the day after this years finishes,” said Winchester.

The committee who plans the exhibition is small but mighty. To keep the long standing tradition of a Digby County Exhibition running, anyone interested in volunteering next year can contact the exhibition at 902-308-0402 or info@digbycountyexhibition.ca

“Any help would be appreciated,” says Winchester.

The full event schedule can be found here: http://www.digbycountyexhibition.ca/schedule2018.html

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