Tillsonburg Tri-County Agricultural Society' annual fair runs August 18-21 this year. The theme for the 162nd Fair is "Beauty of Our Native Land," which was incorporated into the Homecraft classes and decorations.
Since 1947, there have been 24 local ladies who have been President of the Homecraft Section. Supporting Homecraft each year are a variety of volunteers who oversee a section. The Homecraft committee this year are: Ilene Chesterman, Judith Becker, Beth Boughner, Bonnie Sitts, Tracy Green, Bonnie Edwards, Mykayla Babcock, Michelle Babcock, Anna Bognar, Bryan Crossett, Marg Spence, Marie Smith and Kerry Schram.
Their aim is to promote agriculture and give folk young and old a chance to exhibit their finest work.
There are many classes for youngsters and youth and special sections for 4-H members and Junior Gardeners. Adults can show their skills in Quilts, Afghans, Hobbies, Crafts, Baking, Canning, Fruits, Vegetables, Photography, Flowers and Antiques. All these items are displayed in the Homecraft Building (Crystal Palace) on Sanders Street.
A Penny Table of interesting articles is set up in the Homecraft Building for the duration of the Fair. The Building opens at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18. On Friday, it opens at 4 p.m., on Saturday at 9 a.m. and on Sunday it is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Fair's annual Baby Show will take place this year in the Lion's Den on Saturday morning. Babies 13 to 18 months are shown at 10 a.m. Babies 7 to 12 months are shown at 10:30 a.m., babies up to 6 months are shown at 11 a.m. with 'Specials' following for Multiples and Best Dressed Girl and Boy for the Fair theme.
Children 14 and under accompanied by an adult can show their pet(s) at 11 a.m. The 4-H Showmanship classes begin at 12 noon on Saturday.
"We are greatly indebted to individuals and businesses who sponsor our classes and specials," said Chesterman.
You can find the entire fair schedule online at www.tillsonburgfair.com, as well as information on entertainment, midway, prize books, vendors, sponsors and general information. Or call the fairboard office at 519-842-5964.
General admission is $5 this year, and children 5-and-under are free.
Saturday is a big day at the fair. It's Family Day with the baby show, pet show, emergency vehicles on display, an ice cream eating contest, 4H Showmanship, Petting Zoo, five local bands starting at 11 a.m., including Long Story, and an evening concert starting at 6 p.m. with Shane Chisholm, AM&A (Amanda Underhill).