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Feature Article - August 21, 2008

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Feature Article - August 21, 2008 Come to Parham Fair this weekendA weekend pass to the 116th Parham Fair costs only $12 - about as much as a first run movie, but no movie could deliver the kind of entertainment offered this year at the Fair.

On Friday night the fair begins with the bedrock event, the horse draw, and will also include a performance by the popular rock country band Ambush, who have been nominated for the Canadian Country Music Awards. A midway by Homeniuk Rides will open on Friday and run throughout the event.

Saturday is agricultural day at the fair, and this year in addition to the cattle, poultry, pleasure horse and antique farm equipment shows, there will be a few new events. Thanks to the dairy farmers of Frontenac County, Maple the Cow will be at the fair this year. Maple the Cow is a working replica of a cow, which children will be able to milk as if it were a dairy cow.

In addition to the lawn mower races, there will also be performances on Saturday by singing phenoms Carolyn and Kianna Derue, as well as the Tweed Twangers and Crossroads. The Parham Gospel Singers, and children’s entertainer Silly Sally will also perform.

New on Sunday this year will be a demonstration by the Sharbot Lake Karate Club, as well as the pet show, tug of war, and the finale, the Demolition Derby.

Thanks to the hard work and determination of the organizing committee, attendance at the fair has steadily improved over the past few years, and last year over 5,000 people attended during the three days, in spite of some rainy weather.

Organisers are hoping to improve again on those numbers in 2008.

The Parham Fair is a volunteer-run event, and the fair committee is looking for some help. Anyone who has two or three hours available this weekend is welcome to call Debra Smith at 613-377-6431 before the fair or go to the office when entering the fair (the office is next to the front gate). Any help would be much appreciated. For a complete list of events visit www.parhamfair.ca

Parham Fair and the Food Bank

The Parham Fair will include a Hole-in-one Putting Contest in aid of the Food Bank. The contest is being put on by the staff at the Simonett Building in Sharbot Lake with help from volunteers of the Food Bank. $2.00 will allow the participants a chance at sinking an 8 foot putt. For those who get a hole in one, their names will be entered into a draw for an overnight stay at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. Everyone entering will be eligible for one of several prizes donated by local area businesses. We hope you will visit us and donate to a good cause.

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