The Annapolis Valley Exhibition started out as a one-day event known as the Riverside Guernsey Club Show. They held the show next to the Annapolis River in the little village of Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia.
All too soon the final day of the Annapolis Valley Exhibition is here. Final competitions are winding up, you will see the best of the best today in the rings. All the rings are busy and the stands are full.
The sound of the announcer's voices are getting louder to compensate for the noise of the crowds as the excitement builds. By now everyone has their favorites to win and they are not scared to cheer them on. It is well known the louder the cheers - the better they will do.
There is more noise coming from the fair grounds also as the games of chance are in full swing. Everywhere you see young men trying to show off their skills to win the young ladies a stuffed animal to cherish. Of course it is a known fact that the bigger the stuffed animal you can win, the better your chances are with the young ladies.
The money wheel, colour game and birthday wheel are all spinning continuously as people try to win some more quarters. Several seniors take a break from walking and sit at the bingo tent and try their luck there for a while.
The air is full of the sound of children’s squeals of delight and laughter is heard everywhere. The smell of cotton candy fills the air and many red candy apples are sighted in both the kids and grownups hands. One of my special treats at the Annapolis Valley Exhibition is fries with vinegar, lots of vinegar on them. I know I can put vinegar on fries at any time, but they just do not taste the same as they do at the fair.
Saturday has many special events going on at the Annapolis Valley Exhibition like the Antique Tractor Parade, more in the Youth Talent Competition, Bluenose Western Pleasure Horse & Champion Presentations and the winners announced for all the many draws held during the week. More entertainment is going on in the Youth Arena and another big concert at the Riverside Stage as performers like Brad Johner thrill the audience. The week ends up with another ATC Competition in the Main ring.
What a week it has been, another very successful year for the Annapolis Valley Exhibition. The next morning the crowds are gone and the fair is torn down and on their way to their next town. Trucks hauling horse trailers are filling up with very tired but content horses and riders.
In the trailer area campers are packing up slowly as everyone stop to discuss the weeks events with each other. Everyone hates to leave, it was a great week. For some it will be another year before they do it again, for others they will be going right to the next exhibition in the next town to start it all over again there.
As for the organizers, they are already wheeling with ideas to change, add and improved next years Annapolis Valley Exhibition.
If you would like to find out the up-dated schedule of events for this year check out the Annapolis Valley Exhibition Website.
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Prior to the completion of the Dominion Atlantic Railway run from Halifax to Yarmouth in 1893, a traveller had to buy four separate tickets for the trip. One from Halifax to Windsor where he changed cars; another from Windsor to Annapolis Royal via the Windsor to Annapolis Railway; then a ticket to Digby via a steam boat or coach; and then the fourth from Digby to Yarmouth by the Western Counties railway.
The summer and autumn of 1815 saw an invasion of mice such has never been seen before in the history of the province or country. They caused much destruction before it was brought under control, including enough damage to crops to threaten a famine throughout the valley.
In 1838 the Western Stage coach Company was formed to operate four-horse drawn coaches from Halifax to Annapolis Royal three times a week during the summer and two or three times a week during the winter.