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(Posted 2 p.m., Aug. 12)
Attendance figures up as Navan Fair benefits from near perfect weather
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

This year's Navan Fair featured the tractor pull competition, heavy horse pull, cattle show, live music and an expanded Kidz Zone. File photo

Organizers of this year's Navan Fair were all smiles Sunday afternoon as a fourth straight day of sunny weather saw huge crowds attend the annual event buoyed by an appearance by country music star Jason McCoy.

It's a far cry from last year's fair which suffered from four straight days of rain.

This year's theme was "Stir Up Some Fun" which is just what the thousands of visitors did, whether it was watching the demolition derby, taking in the livestock shows or poking around the new and expanded Kidz Zone.

Navan Fair board president Wendy Chretien said they couldn't have asked for better weather, or better crowds

"The feedback has been excellent," said Chretien. "The education barn was excellent. Curling club with Ray's Reptiles and the Kidz Zone was fantastic. It's been a great fair."

This year's musical lineup which included former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm, Doc Walker and the aforementioned Jason McCoy, also helped attract the crowds especially on Sunday.

While most people came to see horses, demolition derby cars, tractors and the midway, the homecraft and floriculture building was also a popular destination. This year's Baking Queen was Kristyn Girard while Kelly Sirvin won the floriculture competition and Dora Smits earned the highest overall points in the homecraft category.

This year's Navan Fair Ambassador was Katie Hodges who will represent the Cumberland Township Agricultural Society at the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies annual convention in Toronto next February.

For now the fair board plans to take a few weeks off before starting the process of planning for next year's event.

"I think we're going to take a breather for a week or so first, and then we'll hit the ground running," said Chretien, exhibiting the enthusiasm that has made the Navan Fair so successful over the years.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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