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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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Bethany Park is a happening spot! And you will want to be sure to free up your schedule on August 15th to take part in the Bethany Park Antique / Garden Tractor Show and Pull.

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This will be an exciting – and unique – day for the family. Consider watching the Tractor Pull at 11 am followed by the Antique Tractor Slow Barrel Roll Race at 1:00 p.m.

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You won’t go hungry either! Breakfast includes sandwiches, pancakes, bacon and coffee for $5 followed by Marshall Mac’s Unique BBQ served from 11 am to 4 p.m.

Bouncy Castles, Kidz Karnival, games and prizes run from 10 am to 4 pm.

And for the adults, the Beer Gardens open at 11:00 until 1:00 am.

An adult dance complete with DJ starts at 8:00 p.m. to finish off the fun.

The Bethany Park is run by the Bethany Athletic Society and has been serving the community for over 100 years. The Society is a not-for-profit corporation, run by a volunteer board of directors. In fact, if you have time on August 15th, you can always lend a hand for a few hours.

Volunteers, Sponsors, Community and Board members make every event a success.

The Bethany Athletic Society is working hard to continue the traditions that started over 100 years ago.  Over the last few years the Board of Directors and community members have put an effort into expanding the parks services to including new softball clinics, first aid clinics and new fund raising events to help make improvements to the park as a whole.

Future plans include replacing the current playground with a modern play structure and a new combination skateboard / bike park for summer use, and a skating rink in the winter. The softball committee is working hard to bring in a new surface for the softball diamond to improve drainage and safety.

Finally, the volunteers are working towards general park improvements such as new lights for the grounds and a retaining wall for the parking lot.

Join the local community on August 15th and help support the Bethany Athletic Society.

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