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Photo from the 2018 edition of the Riceville Fair.

Riceville Fair back with live music and downsized events August 28 to 29

Those enjoy agricultural fairs will be pleased to read there is a Riceville Fair this year.  

“We’re going ahead with two days,” said Riceville Agricultural Society President Tobias Hovey. 

Those two days are this coming Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29.  

Hovey said the smaller-than-usual fair has a social emphasis which will include live bands, a beer garden, and children’s activities, and everything will follow public health regulations. 

There will be a spaghetti supper with curbside pickup. 

The regular tractor pull has been cancelled for 2021 but there will be an antique tractor pull. Competitions are also taking place for field crops, homecraft, horticulture, culinary, and hobbies and crafts. The horse show is going ahead on a smaller scale with more of an emphasis on children’s participation. 

The fairgrounds on County Road 16 are limited to 75 per cent capacity under present COVID-19 prevention regulations. Hovey said the regulations basically mean the fair can go ahead as usual, with some changes. 

“We should be able to host our regular fair.” 

A horseshoe tournament, carnival games, and tire stacking competition using excavation equipment are also part of this year’s Riceville Fair. Hovey said the fair will still be enjoyable, even with the changes organizers had to make. 

“We’re not missing too much.” 

The Riceville Agricultural Society is also hosting its Backyard BBQ on September 11. For full complete information on the Riceville Fair and the Backyard BBQ, go to ricevilleagrsociety.ca .  

James Morgan

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