The Ripley Agricultural Society is gearing up for a full roster of livestock shows, agricultural and craft exhibits, and family fun during the 160th fall fair, Friday, Sept. 29 to Sunday, Oct. 1.
Friday night features the ambassador competition, Greg Balch Wildlife, and Kinetic Knights Robotics.
Adam Cousins is set to perform in the refreshment tent on Friday from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. The following day features Tall Water from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and The Lucas Rogerson Band from 9 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. All three performances are age of majority events.
The freestyle motocross show returns this year with performances on Friday night and Saturday.
The midway is open all three days with rides and games available from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Pre-register your float online prior to Sept. 29 at ripleyfair.ca or register the morning of from 10:15 a.m. until 11 a.m. Full details for entry and prizes are available on the fall fair website.
Livestock shows take place Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., with sheep and light horse competitions. The car show runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The festival grounds will see many family-friendly activities on Saturday, including pony rides, a petting zoo, a dog show, and archery. Pipe bands perform on the main stage at noon.
Sunday is the annual tractor pull from noon until 4 p.m. Entry fee is $5 per pull.
Ahead of the fair, the agricultural society is hosting a pre-teen dance, Glow 90s Neon, at the Ripley-Huron Community Centre on Sept. 21 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear anything bright, rainbow coloured, or glowing. The dance is for Grades 5 through 8 and tickets are $5 each. Refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.
Also, leading up to the fair, the agricultural society is once again holding a decorating contest based on the fair’s theme of “Family Ties and Apple Pies.” Register by calling Jean MacDonald at 226-396-3475. The contest includes three categories: best bale display, best residential display and best business display. Judging takes place the week of Sept. 25.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the fair is asked to contact Kennydi by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gate admission is $10 per person. Ages five and under are free.
For a full schedule of events, visit ripleyfair.ca.