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SuperEx organizers appeal for help

11:15 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Mike Aubry, The Ottawa Sun


Photo courtesy of The Ottawa Sun

The organizers of SuperEx hope to bring the highly anticipated agricultural fair back to Ottawa at a new rural location in the next few years.

The Central Canada Exhibition Association already has the ideal turf for the next exhibition — a 145-acre plot of land near the Rideau Carleton Raceway ­— which the SuperEx bought about seven years ago.

But organizer Mark Lamoureux said they’ll need some deep pockets to help get SuperEx off the ground again.

The land, near the corner of Albion and Rideau roads, will need to be cleared of trees and obstructions, and Lamoureux said he can’t do it without help.

“It’s a bit of a catch-22 right now,” he said.

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Fairs to raise money for farmers affected by drought

10:59 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

At least six agricultural fairs in the area expected to contribute funds

CBC News

While farmers throughout the region are waiting for news of possible government drought aid, agricultural fairs are already stepping up to the plate.

At least half a dozen fairs in the area are hoping to raise thousands of dollars for farmers.

At the Navan fairgrounds Wednesday, people were getting ready for Thursday\’s opening.

This year, in response to the ongoing drought, visitors will be encouraged to drop a few dollars into donation jars. Fair president Mark Hamilton hopes to raise a substantial amount of money.

\”We have a chance to get the entertainers to promote it on stage,\” Hamilton said. \”And we have big screens we can put signage on that we can ask everybody to get involved. So that\’s what we\’re going to do.\”

Hamilton said it\’s still unclear how the money will be distributed.

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Midway Magic Returning to Ottawa

12:36 pm in Ottawa News

Ottawa Deserves a Midway!

Last year\’s successful Midway Magic is returning to Ottawa with a few changes but with the same commitment to fun and value.

World’s Finest Shows is setting up at the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre Thursday August 16 to Sunday August 19 then again from Thursday August 23 to Sunday August 26.

Lots of rides. No admission. Limitless fun.

Advance ride all day passes will be on sale at all Quickie Convenience Stores and will be the same price as last year – $20.

Read more: Ottawa Midway Magic

148 years and the fun hasn’t stopped at Carp Fair

4:23 pm in Festival News, News Release

Family tradition for many

Meghan Hurley, The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Wendy Armstrong has been going to the Carp Fair ever since she met her husband there 19 years ago.

The Montreal native didn’t even want to go to the fair, but friends talked her into attending a Friday night dance.

“One of the girls I was with went to high school with him,” Armstrong said about how she met her husband. “And here we are.”

Nineteen years later, Armstrong spent Saturday afternoon watching her children go on rides and play games while her husband busily worked behind the scenes as the president of the fair.

Armstrong’s daughter, Greer, 8, won a toy in the shape of a lemon after throwing darts in an attempt to burst a balloon.

Only moments before, Greer went on the dragon roller-coaster twice in a row and came running off the platform with a grin on her face.

“I don’t like many roller-coasters, but that one’s a lot of fun because you don’t go too fast,” she said.

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: 148 years and the fun hasn’t stopped at Carp Fair

Richmond Fair starts Sept. 16

9:22 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

EMC Events

The Richmond Fair is ready to welcome fair-goers to four days of fun and excitement during the 166th edition of the event Sept. 16-19.

Last year more than 35,000 people attended the popular fall tradition and Dale Greene, general manager of the fair, is looking forward to hosting similar numbers with the new and exciting attractions.

He encourages everyone to come out to \’A Country Fair where town and country meet.\’

\”We have something for the whole family and I guarantee if you come once you will come back,\” said Greene. \”Our aim is to bring you on the grounds with a smile and have you leave with a smile.\”

Full story on the EMC website: Richmond Fair starts Sept. 16

Super Ex leaves Lansdowne, but never Ottawa

11:51 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

James Rubec, Ottawa South EMC

Photo Courtesy of Douglas Sprott on Flickr

Lansdowne Park has been the home to the National Capital Exhibition for the past 122 years. As time has passed, the land space has changed, from land set aside as a fairground, to marshaling grounds for troupes, to an entertainment facility for football, and hockey. A constant, however, in the memory of all of those who know Ottawa has a pre-fall fair where people go to meet friends and family, and where they have a chance to act like children again. The Super Ex is leaving Lansdowne Park, but it will never leave Ottawa.

In the fair\’s history, it wasn\’t only a space for people to meet, but for farmers and the rural community to gather. Cattle and pigs, sheep and produce were brought in from around the area to be weighed, judged and exhibited.

Next year, the venue for the Super Ex is still up in the air. While the land by Albion Rd. and Rideau Dr. is owned by the Super Ex, it could be a couple years before the permanent facilities that are planned to built there will be ready. But, the Presley\’s assure the EMC that alternate venues are available for the end of summer celebration.

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