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Ag Society gearing up for annual Fall Fair at new location

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 11:18 am

Airdrie Food Bank's Carolyn G. delicately creates a fence for her team's cake during last year's Airdrie and District Agricultural Society 50th Annual Fall Fair Horticulture and Bench Show cake decorating contest. This year's Fall Fair will take place at a new location of the Plainsmen Arena on Aug. 16 to 17 and will feature a scarecrow decorating contest and auction after the scarecrows are completed on Aug. 17.
Airdrie Food Bank's Carolyn G. delicately creates a fence for her team's cake during last year's Airdrie and District Agricultural Society 50th Annual Fall Fair Horticulture and Bench Show cake decorating contest. This year's Fall Fair will take place at a new location of the Plainsmen Arena on Aug. 16 to 17 and will feature a scarecrow decorating contest and auction after the scarecrows are completed on Aug. 17.
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The Airdrie and District Agricultural Society (ADAS) is celebrating its 51st annual Fall Fair Horticulture and Bench Show on Aug. 16 to 17 at the new location at the Plainsmen Arena.

”The Plainsmen kind of works a little bit better for us heat-wise,” said Brenda Moon, ADAS president, adding the former venue at Genesis Place Recreation Centre could get quite warm. “It just kind of worked out better with the City and we’ve got tons of room now.”

New this year is a scarecrow-decorating contest on Aug. 17 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to be followed by an auction of the decorated hay-men at 2:30 p.m.

The proceeds from the auction will go back to local youth groups who decorated the scarecrows. Groups include Special Olympics Airdrie, Girl Guides, Golden Rod 4-H Multi Club and Midnight Express Horse Club.

The idea comes from the success of the celebrity cake-decorating contest held at last year’s Fall Fair, which raised about $3,000 for the Airdrie Food Bank.

“We are going to end up with at least five scarecrows for the auction,” Moon said. “It should be a lot of fun.”

The Fall Fair is a chance for the public to showcase their handiwork in a wide range of skills and categories including: baking, fine art, hobbies and crafts, photography, home canning, vegetable and flower growing and more.

“New this year is the hay and grain categories for our farming folks,” Moon said.

Whether you’re young or old, a professional or an amateur, the Fall Fair likely has a category for you and is open to all who wish to participate.

Entry is free of charge and participants need only to bring their entry to the Plainsmen Arena between 10 a.m. and noon on Aug. 16 for judging later that afternoon.

Participants can pick up entry tag-ahead of the event at the Nose Creek Valley Museum but aren’t required to, as they will be available at the arena on Aug. 16.

All entries are available to view by the public on Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and awards will be handed out at 3 p.m. that day.

“It’s free (to enter) and they can win some prizes,” Moon said of why participants should enter.

For a complete list of rules and categories, visit airdrieagsociety.com/events/fall-fair and click on the “booklet” link.

Moon said unfortunately the horticulture entries may be lower this year than past fairs due to the recent hailstorms that ravaged the area.

“It’s so sad but it is what it is,” she said, adding her own garden was hit hard by the storm too.

She said celebrating the event after a storm like the ones we had last week is a demonstration of the city’s ability to bounce back.

She added the event displays the vast amount of talent in the community and always has some great submissions.

“It’s just a great way to celebrate the kind of things we have done in the past that are coming back now,” she said.

For more information on the ADAS, visit airdrieagsociety.com


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