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Can it really be a year since the last Spencerville Fair parade? Surely not! Yet this Saturday found us back in Spencerville for the 2010 edition. Organizers couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day. There was plenty of sun and blue sky, and a breeze to keep the heat at bay. The parade was lead (after the police car) by the equestrian shown above.

Four bands participated in the parade, including two pipe bands and a steel drum band. Leading off was a group from New York state, the Norwood Fire Department Band, or the Norwood Brass Firemen, founded in 1946. They were very entertaining. In between instrumentals, the men sang. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that from a marching band. When they marched past us, they seemed to be singing an old Brenda Lee song, Just Because.

These cuties were on a float advertising Spencerville’s Christmas celebration in December, A Country Christmas Remembered.

Here are the entries in the Giant Pumpkin contest. The winner in the Senior division weighed 298 pounds! And check out the warty number! It was the entry of my blacksmith, Shane.

The Rideau-St. Lawrence Veterinary Clinic got together a float. They look after our felines and equines.

Why, look, it’s our horse vet! It’s Dr. Ben! Cool shades!

In his own special crate, Big Billy was casually watching the world go by as he chowed down. The sign on his crate said he was born February 2, 2003. Sublime.

I was watching for Bria and her beautiful white pony. Sure enough, here they are!

A bit further along in the parade was Bria’s grandmother, walking with an excited llama. It was his first experience with a parade and he was taking it all in!

Here are Little Sir Spencerville and Little Miss Spencerville, Viktor and Katrina.

And how about this genuine unicorn! A real beauty. Now there’s something you don’t see every day.

There were lots of other participants, from scouts to pirates, antique fire engines to classic cars. I’ll close with this little video of the Ottawa Police Service pipe band.

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Saunders Country Critters and Garden Center is located southeast of Kemptville. The garden center offers a nice assortment of annuals, perennials and hanging baskets for sale. In the entrance to the garden center are a couple of cages featuring a pair of squirrel monkeys and a three-toed sloth, so you can enjoy walking through the greenhouses, lovely in the spring, and visit the animals as well.


I’m not certain if this is the male or the female squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus). The male is named Mr. Stitches, because he came to Saunders after he was attacked by younger males in the troop he was living with. Squirrel monkeys are native to the tropical areas of South America, where they live in trees and are diurnal, active during the day. They enjoy a diet of fruit and insects. Squirrel monkeys have the largest brain, proportionally to their body mass, of any of the primates.


We visited the zoo after we were done at the garden center. The zoo has a variety of domestic animals such as these donkeys.

crested duck

For many years, when we attended the Royal Agricultural Fair, we were sure to visit the “ducks in hats”. This sign explains how crested ducks get their ‘hats’. It reads, in part: “The crest is formed from a mass of fatty tissue that emerges through a gap in the cranium. From this, feathers grow.”


This charming llama, seeing that the grass was clearly greener on the other side of the fence, was almost as much outside the fence as inside. Down the way, a hairy armadillo (Chaetophractus sp.) was bustling about his pen, but stopped to take a look at us. We probably looked a bit blurry, as these South American animals have poor vision. Look at those diggers! No wonder they are noted burrowers.


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