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SPECIAL CELEBRATION: Participants pose for a picture in the TD Canada Trust parking lot before beginning a parade down Catherine Street to St. Peter’s Anglican Church on Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of Scouting in Dorchester. The church service celebrated the occasion as well. St. Peter’s was the first location for the local program, which now makes its home at Camp BEL on Hamilton Road, across from the Dorchester fairgrounds.

Celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Dorchester Fair this weekend

by Wendy Spence

      A local Thanksgiving weekend tradition is marking a milestone and you won’t want to miss the fun. The 160th edition of the Dorchester Fair is on this weekend. In keeping with the theme of this year’s Dorchester Fair, “Yesteryears and New Frontiers,” you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite attractions and some new ones.
      The North Dorchester Agricultural Society has added the sheep to shawl exhibit, blacksmith demonstration and a small engine and antique equipment exhibit.
     Exhibitor entries will be accepted tomorrow night (Thursday) from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The midway opens at 4 p.m. on Friday and admission is free. No buildings will be open. The age of majority Falling Leaves Wine and Cheese event starts at 7:30 that night, with artisans, wine, cheese, music, draws and appetizers.
      The parade will be leaving the parking lot of the FlightExec Centre Saturday morning at 10:30 and arrives at the fairgrounds on Hamilton Road at 11:30. Remember to bring non-perishable food items for the Dorchester Food Bank. Members of the Dorchester Dolphins will pick them up along the parade route. Other highlights on Saturday include: the baby show, 4-H show, demolition derby at 2:30 p.m., performances by Newport Electric and the Greg Williams Band and ice cream sundae contest. The buildings close at 5 p.m. Teen night is from 8 to 11 p.m., featuring music from the band Hangar 18, pizza and pop.
      The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday with live entertainment and the pet show among the highlights.
      On the final day, Monday, enjoy the mini haulers tractor pull and spelling bee.
      All weekend long check out the kidz zone tent, dress-up area, horse and wagon rides, Kennedy’s Kridders, food trucks and vendors. Turkey dinners, including all the trimmings and pumpkin pie for dessert, are being served up by volunteers from the Donnybrook Fiddle and Step Dance competition.
      All day ride passes are available until Friday 4 p.m. at the Dorchester Scotiabank, Bill Blaney Insurance Brokers and Shoppers Drug Mart. You’ll find more information on the website, and the Dorchester Fair Facebook page.
      At the dinner celebrating the fair, the following businesses and organizations were recognized for their support: Designing Safer Spaces, the Municipality of Thames Centre, Bill Blaney Insurance Brokers Ltd., the Thames Centre Fire Department, Oxford Mutual Insurance Company, Home Hardware, Dick ‘n Nics, Warwick Equestrian Development Inc., the Dorchester and Districk Lions Club, the North Dorchester Optimist Club, Heidi Mettler from Investors Group Financial Services and Van Dyk Electric Ltd. The following individuals who have contributed to the fair were honoured: Carol and Ernie Reid, Sandy Marr, Doug Wilkinson, Darrell Kington, Kathy and Mark Williams and Bill and Elaine Blaney. Kathy Breen received the 2015 Agricultural Service Diploma from the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies for the work she has done to enhance education about agricultural in the area.


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