The Kelvington Agricultural Society is keeping their tradition alive with their 95th annual agricultural fair and race meet Aug. 3-5.
Society president Rylan By says that there is something for everyone, which is why he thinks they have been successful in keeping it going over the years.
Getting people of all ages through the gates ensures everyone wants to come back in years to come, he says.
“We do a lot of horse events with the chuck wagon races and the gymkhana and the show ring. But also baseball is huge draw in for us with slo-pitch on Saturday and men’s fastball on Sunday.”
Team sports are going to bring a lot of people out to events with around 40 teams competing in the chuck wagon races, around 15 entries for the third annual tractor pull, and eight to 10 teams competing in the slo-pitch tournament, says By.
Also included in the weekend is live music, kids event, and the exhibit hall.
The fair is a draw for many people within a two-hour radius around Kelvington, he says, as well as additional people from around the province. Ry says they have even had people from as far as British Columbia either making a special trip down or visiting the area during the fair.
Local businesses are sure to be busy with everyone coming into Kelvington for the various events. From Thursday to Sunday, By says people notice how busy it gets for everyone in town.
“Hopefully people are coming and shopping around while they have a little bit of time to kill. It’s awesome for local businesses to get other people through the doors.”
By is glad to give people the opportunity to come out and take part in the fair, especially before local farmers are busy with harvest time. The fair is like a celebration to the end of summer, he says.
“People come to the fair and then it’s usually you finish up haying and then you’re going to be in the field and combining before you know it.”
The society is always looking for new and better ideas to get people out to Kelvington for their next fairs, especially their next big milestone, their 100th anniversary. By says they will be happy to see people step up and bring something new to the celebration.