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Tillsonburg Fair opens Friday

The Tillsonburg Tri-County Fair's new midway is shaping up. Joined by World's Finest Shows, the June 22-24 Tillsonburg Fair will see its first 'drop zone' ride.

"We have some amazing rides that have pulled into the fairgrounds - some of them started pulling in late last night and they'll start setting up tomorrow (Tuesday)," said Rosemary Dean, Fair president. "So we are excited and we hope we get good weather."

This year's rides include the Cannonball (90-foot drop zone), Scrambler, Kite Flyer, Zero Gravity, and Tornado. They also have the Dizzy Dragon, Cobra Coaster and Jumbo Fun Slide. And for the youngest children, Classic Bikes and the Volkswagons.

Discounted 'Ride All Day' passes ($20) are available until gates open Friday at 4 p.m., at which point All-Day passes are $25. Ride passes can be purchased in advance at Chrissy's Corner Store, Trinkets Gift Shoppe on Broadway, and at the Tillsonburg fairboard office.

"We'll have with 8-10 midway games, lots of food vendors, and other vendors with clothing and other miscellaneous stuff for sale."

The fair continues 9-9 Saturday and 10-6 Sunday. Admission is $8 and five-and-under free.

"We are excited, we've worked hard this year in a short time to pull this all together," said Dean. "We thank World's Finest Shows for coming aboard, they want to help sustain our fair so that we can continue on for many years to come.

"If you see the fairboard volunteers, thank them... because without them it wouldn't be possible. I really appreciate the members and executive for all their hard work and dedication to this Fair. And the many new sponsors we added this year, we're happy with that too."

Homecraft Section

Open all weekend in 'The Palace' building, the homecraft section includes entries from the local school children, quilts, baked goods and more. Also check out the silent auction table.


The 2018 Mini King and Queen, and Fair Ambassadors will crowned Friday night following opening ceremonies at 6 p.m.

"At 7 p.m. our concert starts at the Kinsmen Bandshell," said Dean. "We have Adam Cousins and Dealerz Choice Duo opening for Whistler Creek. The Friday night concert at the bandshell runs from 7-10 p.m."

Baby Show

This year's Baby Show in the Lions Den begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and registrations will be accepted up to 15 minutes before judging begins for each class. Babies 13-18 months begin at 10 a.m., followed by 7-12 months at 10:30 a.m. and babies up to six months at 11 a.m.

"The Lions Den is a cooler area for them," said Dean, "in case it's hot."

Additional prizes go to Best Multiples (twins, triplets, etc), Best Girl and Best Boy dressed for the fair theme (Bats, Bugs, Butterflies).

For more information contact baby show convener Ilene Chesterman at 519-842-8145.

Pet Show

The 2018 Pet Show begins at 11 a.m., location TBD but it's likely near the Fair office.

All children entering pets must be 14 years old or younger and accompanied by an adult. Pets need to be properly leashed or caged, with up to date vaccinations. No pinch or spike collars.

Enter and exit the Fair with your pets at the Hardy Street gate.

Cats will be judged in nine classes including best dressed, largest, smallest, longest tail and more, and dogs will be judged in nine classes, including longest hair, shortest hair, and fastest eating.

A 'mixed' division is open to hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits and 'most unusual' live pet.

Special awards are available for best puppy, best cat, best kitten, best conditioned dog, best non-purebred dog, best purebred dog, and the Jennifer Lake Memorial Judges' Choice.

In addition to the 4H showmanship, there will be a petting zoo, and an exhibit by The 6 Day Zoo.

Comic Con

Bumblebee from Transformers will be driving to Tillsonburg Saturday for the 2nd annual Tillsonburg Fair Comic Con, 10-6 in the Kinsmen Memorial Arena. There is no extra admission fee for this year's Comic Con, it's included in the $8 general fair admission (children 5-and-under free).

Deadpool and Brampton Batman will also be on site with their vehicles.

Other celebrities include David Roth, Andrew Thomas (creator of the Arctic Cat comic book) and Richard Comley (creator of Captain Canuck).

A free video game station will be set up in the arena, and there will be more than 15 Comic Con vendors.

"If you come dressed up you can have your photo taken in front of a green screen and there's prizes to be won," Dean noted.

The 2nd edition of the Tillsonburg Fair comic book is limited to 150 copies.

Mini Tractor Pullers

The Big Creek tractor pullers will be competing Saturday night, starting at 6 p.m.

Demolition Derby

Traditionally one of the highlights of the Fair, the Thrill Show Productions demolition derby begins Sunday at 2 p.m., featuring full-size straight stock, four-cylinder Figure 8, mini smash and mini vans. 


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