It was just a year ago when Truro Daily News headlines were circulating with words like “No longer viable” and “Commission declared insolvent.”
What a difference a year has made for the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds in Bible Hill.
After much reorganization, under new ownership by the province, and the installation of a new general manager, the facility will host this year’s exhibition, continuing a tradition that has been a fabric of the community for more than a century.
The Truro Raceway, which is a major part of this prime piece of real estate, recently hosted Atlantic Grand Circuit Week, drawing crowds that some said were better than past years.
Others called it an “exceptionally good week.”
We are on the eve of exhibition week and organizers have been busy planning a week of fun for all ages.
This year there will be no grand parade through the streets to launch the event, however,
the show will go on.
This year is one of transition for the organization that has been struggling beneath a shadow of debt while working toward revitalization.
Crowd-drawing events like the midway, demolition derbies and onstage entertainment for children and adults will still be present, along with anchors like livestock shows and 4-H day. These will combine to provide endless hours of entertainment.
The Bible Hill Kinsmen will once again be present, hosting a canteen during the week-long event. This is one of many groups that depend on vital funds raised there to provide for other community building initiatives throughout the year.
Whether you agree with decisions made regarding the ownership and operation of this facility, its value should remain undisputed.
The week is a prime example of the best our local agriculture sector has to offer. It is a time to showcase our community and youth projects. It is a time to support local and be a part of the community at large.
See you at the Ex.