Coe Hill Fall Fair ready to run again Aug. 27-28 (videos)

COE HILL — The Coe Hill Fair takes place next weekend Aug. 27-28, 2010, including the popular Friday night demolition derby.

Friday, the agricultural hall opens at 8 a.m. to accept exhibits until noon.  Then judging starts, with the hall closed to the public until judging is done.

The fairground gates along old Highway 620 open to the public at 2:30 p.m.  Admission is $6 for adults, and $3 for children 12 and younger.  Parking is $2.

At 4 p.m., a new event starts: the Eastern Ontario Pony Pulls.

The Homenuik Amusements Midway with 14 rides opens at 6:30 p.m. A pay-one-price bracelet costs $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Advance bracelets available from Sears Bancroft, Coe Hill Country Market and fair committee members.

Opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. and the opening of the agricultural hall (closes at 10 p.m.)

Xtreme Productions Demolition derby starts at 7:30 p.m., but get there early for a good seat.

Saturday, the gates open at 7 a.m., with all lifestock judging in the morning.

At 9 a.m., horse judging starts, followed at 10 a.m. by the midway re-opening and the Strutt Your Mutt show.

The talent show starts at noon.

Western Games on horseback starts at 3 p.m., with pole bending, flag racing, rescue race and  barrel race.

The Greg Hannah Band takes the stage at 3:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m. the agricultural hall closes and exhibits removed.  At the same time, the light and heavy horse draw begins after the Western Games.

Midway and concessions are expected to stay open as long as there is demand, the fair brochure says.

The fair was founded in 1882 at Salem, two miles north of Coe Hill. The next year it moved to Coe Hill around the township hall. It moved the the current fairground in the early 1900s.

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