2009 Harrow Fair
Labour Day weekend 2009 proved to be another outstanding four days for the town of Harrow. Our 155th Agricultural fair was extremely successful and we are very appreciative of all the time and effort the board and the many, many volunteers have given to contribute to such a wonderful outcome.
Once again our entries were up, for a total of 8,450. Gate attendance and the midway rides were up, considering the economic times our area is facing. Judging as always, began on Thursday morning and to the delight of our patrons the gates officially opened in the afternoon. Non-stop action from September 3rd-6th and all through the grounds it was evident our theme for this year was “Flower Power”. Thursday evening began with the much anticipated pie auction, raising $11,232.50 for the John McGivney Children’s Centre. The official opening to the fair was presented by Brian Gregg, Essex County Administrator. His speech was genuine and gave those present an idea of what the Harrow Fair means to so many people.
Entertainment covered country character Country Clem, our well-renowned Harrow “Elvis” Jim Gibb and the Silvertones with Saturday offering the famous Aaron Lines.
Essex County 4H had 18 clubs reaching achievement days. New clubs included a canine and canning club. Clubs involved with auctions were very successful. Great job kids!!!
Our new washroom facility was extremely well received and served as a beautiful addition for our patrons and vendors. The facility also houses a new canteen for our Homecraft board to serve ice cream and goodies. A special thank you goes to our contractors and the committee for overseeing the plans on this building. This venture proved very valuable to the community.
Delicious food, a variety rides and activities, vendors from all over Ontario, combined with the homecraft, art & crafts, flowers, cooking and photography entries – gives such wonderful expectation to those who attend and to those of us who have prepared for this fair. Our barns continue to provide viewing of cattle, swine, sheep, goat, poultry and rabbits. Horse shows on Friday and Sunday mornings are always well received, as are our lawn tractor races and tractor pulls on Saturday afternoon.
Whether you watched our town parade on Saturday afternoon or attend the many events going on inside the fairgrounds - our Town should be very pleased with the collaboration of local business owners and sponsors as well and the many individuals who donate towards the prizes received by our winners for their entries.
Devotion and tradition continue to drive our board members, directors and volunteers. Without them this undertaking would not happen year after year.
Harrow Fair remains a big highlight for this agricultural region. We can now turn our attention to the awards banquet on December 4th. Congratulations to all!!!