James Rubec, Ottawa South EMC
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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