160th Beeton Fall Fair this weekend

September 14, 2016   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek
The 160th Annual Beeton Fall Fair takes place this weekend, Sept. 16-18 at the Beeton Fairgrounds.
The theme of this year Fair is “Rural Roots.” The theme encourages us to reconnect to our farming heritage in New Tecumseth, with appreciation for the hard work and dedication shown by farmers who developed our area with their own blood, sweat and tears.
“As you come to Beeton from the area’s countryside you encounter a very friendly community that embraces it’s heritage and history,” said Beeton Fall Fair President, John Rutten.
This is also the 125th anniversary of Beeton’s most famous citizen – Kate Scott Aitken who was born in the village in 1891.
As part of the Fair’s 160th birthday celebration, the Agricultural Building on the fairgrounds is going to be named the “Kate Aitken Agricultural Hall.” This heritage building was constructed in the years just previous to 1900.
The ceremony will take place in the agricultural building (Rotary Hall) at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon on the Saturday of the Fair, Sept. 17.
The ceremony will include a ribbon cutting, greetings from various Fall Fair and New Tecumseh officials, as well as greetings from the Women’s Institute.
“A very important part of the program will be the launching of the Beeton Community Heritage Foundation with the presentation of the newly created Jim Milligan Memorial Award,” said Alison Priess. “The award is honouring the many, many contributions of time and effort that Jim gave to the community, and will be presented to three people for their past and present contributions to the Beeton community.”
The late Roy Law is receiving the award for his leadership in the building of the existing arena in the late 1940s.  His son, John, will be present to receive the Award. The late Harry Cross who was the dedicated secretary of the Fair for over a quarter of a century is also a recipient. Wayne Carleton, who was like an adopted son, will accept Mr. Cross’s award.
The third recipient is Pat Cranston who is receiving the award for her continuing service in the BAA, especially in hockey, for over a quarter of a century.
“It is incredible to think the Beeton Fall Fair is celebrating its 160th Anniversary this year,” said Rutten. “Just think of the legacy the founding fathers started so many years ago. Back in 1856 could they have imagined that what they started would continue on today?
As always, our fair features fun for the whole family! Our new midway features your favourite carnival rides, games and treats. The weekend will be filled with great shows, country-life homecraft and agricultural exhibits, delicious food, farm animals to meet and greet, and fun activities for everyone. Highlights include:
• Friday: Our band show is headlined by Tragically Hip cover-band, The Wheat Kings!
• Saturday: Illusionist and Guinness World Record Holder Lucas Wilson (as seen on Dragon’s Den), Woofjocks Canine All-Stars, Hands on Exotics Animal Display, 4H competitions, family friendly movie in the park.
• Sunday: Demolition Derby, Antique Car, Truck, Tractor & Motorcycle Show.
Small town charm and heritage is a big part of what makes our fair so special, and we will be celebrating Beeton’s heritage for our 160th anniversary.”
The Beeton & District Agricultural Society is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, who have been putting on an annual Fall Fair for 160 years, which is enjoyed by thousands of people every year.
So plan to join the Beeton & District Agricultural Society as they celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Beeton Fall Fair this coming weekend.

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