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Yes it’s that time of year again and the stars have certainly aligned for school aged children. Friday June 9th is a PA day which has given the Fair organizers the chance for an extra day of fun and activities. The Millbrook Fair will actually open on Thursday, June 8th at 9:30 am for students in grades 1 through 3. They will have the opportunity to visit a number of activity stations, supporting their early learning of all things agricultural.

Others can get a head start at 3:00 pm when general admission opens. The early birds will be ready for the midway to open at 4:00.  

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 This year marks the 168th year for the Millbrook Fair. That’s 168 years to perfect the full lineup of things to do and see. And there is something for everyone. What’s your preference?     

  •  The 4 x 4 Challenge
  • Ambassador Competition
  • Antique Tractor Show
  • Beef Show
  • Beer Barn
  • Demo Derby
  • Heavy Horses
  • Home Craft Show
  • Midway
  • Open Horse Show
  • Parade
  • Poultry Show
  • Rabbit Show
  • Truck and Tractor Pulls               

The 4 x 4 Challenge is hosted by the Kawartha Lakes Jeep Owners Club. Competition includes the Small Mud Pit, Big Mud Pit, Super Modified Challenge for Jeeps with tires 50 inches and over, and of course a Rock Crawl.        

The Ambassador Competition was designed for youth to show their leadership skills in supporting the community. Contestants have to complete a private interview, give a 2-5 minute speech on a selected topic, and answer an impromptu question. The ambassador will be present the weekend of the fair, attend the O.A.A.S Convention in Toronto in February at the Royal York and possibly represent Millbrook Fair at the C.N.E.  Ambassador Competition the following year in August. And a $500 scholarship will be presented to the winner.       

No Fair is complete without an Antique Tractor Show and Pull, Demolition Derby, and Truck and Tractor Pulls. Antique Tractors will compete in a variety of weight classes ranging from 2700 pounds to over 6500 pounds. The Truck and Tractor Pulls will include Local Gas 4 x 4 Trucks, Circuit Vintage Tractors, and Diesel 4 x 4 Trucks, including weights from 5500 pounds to 8500 pounds. 

If you want something a little more serene, you can enjoy the Home Craft Show including crafts, baking and more. 

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The Millbrook Fair offers something for everyone, including an extra day to enjoy it all. On Friday you can have a flat rate ride pass for only $15. Students will be able to get their fill of rides between 11 am and 2 pm, have time for a bite to eat, and be ready to enjoy the 4 p.m. opening to the rest of the fair grounds. Parents can enjoy award winning singer and songwriter Dean James in the Beer Barn.  

Saturday starts off with a bang! The Ontario Xtreme Cowboy Event at 9 am will feature contestants who will work through a series of trail and farm based obstacles on their horses – showcasing both skill and speed.  Sunday activities include the Rabbit Show, Baking Competition Auction, Tough Truck Competition and the Demolition Derby.  

There is so much to see and do for the whole family. Get all the times and days from the Millbrook Fair paper or at the Fair Website at www.MillbrookFair.ca. 

See you there!

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Celebrating the 25 Year Anniversary of the 4TH LINE THEATRE!

4th Line Theatre is a Canadian theatre group specializing in outdoor productions of original plays with historic and cultural significance.

The Theatre company was created and founded by Robert Winslow in 1992. Mr. Winslow explains, “4th Line has a mandate to tell stories about our history that are not well known but are interesting, especially untold stories about a rural area.” He is still surprised at the public’s appetite for historical plays.

Mr. Winslow had an established career in the more usual theatrical venues. However, he created 4TH Line Theatre on a farm – 25 years ago which was almost in the middle of nowhere. He had inherited his family’s 150-year-old farm, wasn’t sure how to keep it going, and was finding traditional indoor theatre “depressing.” So he arrived at a solution that would see him through to 25 seasons.

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He embraced the challenge to create theatre out in the country in southeastern Ontario.  The setting is idyllic, rural and oh so very Canadian! The company present plays written by and about Canadians, including small town stories and broad national sagas – all written to touch a nerve with the audience.

And the weather may touch a nerve as well! The natural setting includes chipmunks, the chatter of birds and of course the sun and rain. “There’s no controlling the environment. You are in it. You are a part of it.”

The season will open with the highly anticipated world premiere of Maja Ardal’s The Hero of Hunter Street playing June 28 to July 23, 2016. In August, 4th Line will remount Alex Poch-Goldin’s wildly popular The Bad Luck Bank Robbers, inspired by Grace Barker’s book of the same name, and running from August 2 to 27, 2016. Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell Blackwell will direct both productions.

The theatre is located in Millbrook – a great place to spend a summer afternoon. The village is centrally located – 15 minutes from Bethany, a half hour north of Port Hope, 20 minutes west of Peterborough, or just over an hour from Toronto.

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Millbrook was settled in 1816 and prospered for decades before losing many inhabitants to new settlements out west, riding the rail lines that had bypassed Millbrook. Today the village offers a glimpse back into those earlier times. Many of the downtown buildings look much the same as when they were erected following the Great Fire of 1875.

Enjoy the day in Millbrook and the evening at the 4TH Line Theatre. A variety of ticket prices and packages are available including dining or picnic options. For ticket information visit: 4th Line Theatre Ticket Info.

And for more information on the Theatre go to http://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/ and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/4thlinetheatre.

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Meet Puddle Duck Farm owners Merridy Senior and Eben Hancock. Puddle Duck is a 100-year-old farm, purchased by the pair in 2012. Since then they have filled their days with working on house and barn improvements, caring for animals including cows, chickens, ducks, goats, and two cats. And in 2013 baby Sawyer joined the family.

 

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The couple is not new to farming though. They actually began in 2009 when they became involved with running a local sugar bush just outside of Millbrook. The following spring, they added honeybee hives and discovered beekeeping. Finding Puddle Jump Farm to purchase was the next logical step.  

Now they focus on:  

Cut flowers – they planted 10,000 Gladiola bulbs the first year! Since then they have added sunflowers, zinnias, strawflowers, and asters. You can find their bouquets at the farm, community events, local markets, flower shops and the grocery store. 

Honey – their bees gather pollen and nectar from the wildflowers on the property. The Honey is unpasteurized and available in both liquid and cream form.  

Maple products – they have approximately 2000 taps to produce maple syrup at a sugar bush just outside of Millbrook. It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup! In addition to maple syrup they produce maple butter, maple sugar candies, and granulated maple sugar.

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If that was not enough, they also produce organic freezer meat and free range eggs.  All of the produce is grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers. 

Puddle Duck Farm also participates in a community farm, but that will be featured in another post!  

Connect with Puddle Duck Farm on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/Puddleduck-Farm-280714355416026/ 

Call them at (705) 931-5794
Visit the farm at 541 Glamorgan Rd., Millbrook, Ontario.

Send them an email puddleduckfarm@nexicom.net

 

 

 

 

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