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After watching the parade, we continued on to the fair grounds. It was a beautiful weekend, with sunny, pleasant weather. Nothing spoils a fair like a rainy day, but this September has been exceptionally nice. The Spencerville Fair was quite a big event and featured all the usual fair attractions, including a lively midway. Above, weighing in at 304 pounds, is the winner of the biggest pumpkin contest.


The poultry exhibit hall was a noisy place, with a cluck-cluck here, a quack-quack there! The walls were lined with cages and their occupants had plenty to say for themselves. Many different varieties of ducks and chickens and geese were on display. Below is a prizewinning Best-in-Show Pekin Duck.


There were a few rabbits on exhibit as well. This litter of rabbits won first prize.


In the Handicraft Exhibit Hall, there was a fine display of handwork of all kinds, from knitting and crocheting to quilting. I especially enjoyed the quilts.


Over in the “Barn of Learning”, a booth displaying information about raising alpacas included a threesome of sample subjects, cozily dozing in the sun.


A very large porcine fellow appeared to be very content as he lounged blissfully in his pen, ignoring all passers-by.


An antique steam tractor was hooked up to heat water for freshly-cooked corn-on-the-cob sales.


I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “But where are the horses?” Here they are.


A light and heavy horse show was ongoing over much of the day. Classes were a mix of everything from draft to hackneys to miniatures. I suspect that mixing the classes in this manner might depress entry numbers because if you have long waits between your classes, it makes for a very tiring day. However, it is fun for the audience to see such a variety of horses. Shown above is an American Saddlebred entry in Western Pleasure, while below is a beautifully turned out Hackney.


The open Western Pleasure was one of the larger classes.


One of the more interesting events was the Tandem Hitch class. In this event, two draft horses are hitched with one in front of the other rather than side-by-side. It was impressive to see the five entries. They were all beautiful. So much effort goes into preparing horses and equipment for such an event, it always seems a shame to me that they can’t all be awarded first place. In this case, a lovely pair of grey Percherons were the winners.


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The Spencerville Fair was held this weekend. It is our local fair, the event closest to our home, and was well attended. When we visited on Saturday, the streets were lined with cars and we had to park on the outskirts of town and walk back, although there was also a parking lot with a shuttle bus available a bit farther away. We hadn’t planned it that way, but we happened to arrive just as the Fair Parade was getting underway.


As we reached the parade route, a tractor pulling a mini-zoo of farm animals was just passing by.


Tagged on at the end of the float was a cage with a cat and her kittens. While the kittens were paying no attention to the parade and getting on with their own games, their Mom was watching out the back screen. It wasn’t clear if she was enjoying some people-watching or looking for a way to escape this craziness.


The Shriners were well-represented in the parade. Musical skill level didn’t seem to be a big factor in choosing participants.


An assortment of farm equipment, new and antique, was included in the parade.


This beautiful little pony and its young rider represented the equine division of the Fair.


I loved this pair of regal llamas, dressed for fall.


What would a parade be without a Pipe Band?


The Scouts had a colourful float with many enthusiastic participants.


Including a Zamboni in the Fall Fair Parade seemed like an especially Canadian act.


Historical content was provided by this float reconstruction of the Cardinal swing bridge. Being a relatively new resident in the area, I’m not aware of the story of the bridge.


The Fair’s Queen of Culinary Arts had a seat of honour in this antique car.


Bringing up the rear, was a truck representing the Spencerville Fire Department. Many of the parade participants were tossing out wrapped candy, bubblegum and rockets, to the crowd along the route. I had to out-dash a couple of little kids to snatch up a piece of green bubblegum, which I took with me as the parade ended and we headed into the Fair.


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