Decorate. Celebrate.

That’s what the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society is hoping Prescott County residents will decorate outside their homes to help celebrate the Vankleek Hill Fair’s 175th anniversary this year.

An outdoor display competition is being organized by the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society with this theme: Celebrating 175 years of Farm to Plate.

It is a chance for everyone to show their love of the Vankleek Hill Fair, says 175th anniversary committee chairperson Valerie Allen, adding, “We are inviting people to recreate their favourite moments from the fair with a lawn display or signage.”

The deadline to let organizers know about your entry is August 2, 2019. Please email: [email protected] and include the class, your contact information and the civic address of your display. You can also call 613-678-3274 to register. The competition is open to residents of Prescott County.

There are two classes. Class 1 – General — includes single homes, farm displays, signage and scarecrows.

Class 2 is for businesses.

Cash prizes will be offered to the winners of class 1 as follows: 1st place: $150; 2nd place: $100; 3rd place: $50.

For the business class, a charitable donation will be donated to the charity of their choice in keeping with the dollar amounts for the cash prizes.

Allen says she has seen this done in other Ontario communities when fairs were celebrating anniversaries and it was a fun way for the community to get involved and highlight the local agricultural fair.