The bleating of sheep, roar of engines and screams from people on the rides will all be heard on the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds soon.
The annual exhibition is being held Aug. 22-27, and includes familiar favourites and a few new attractions.
“Things are going great,” said Darrelyn Hubley, NSPE general manager. “There will be a kid zone with an interactive race track and rock climbing wall. With the 4-H barn being bigger now, the petting farm will be located there.
“Little Ray’s Nature Centre will be here, featured a baby sloth and baby armadillo.”
A chainsaw carving artist will be at work on the grounds, the Kilted Chef will be cooking up dishes, and admission gives visitors a chance to win prizes.
There will be a chefs’ challenge, with restaurants entering blueberry dishes, and there will be a pie-eating contest.
“We’ll have the ever-popular fiddle fest, and the MBRA Ram Rodeo barrels and poles are back,” said Hubley. “There’s a cruise-in Thursday night, with classic cars and specialty vehicles in the infield.”
Demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, ATV obstacle course, mounted shooting, horse pulls, ox pulls, rides, vendors, food, highland dancing, music, fine arts, crafts, flowers, and sheep herding demos are a few of the other draws.
On Tuesday, Aug. 21, people are welcome to drop by and see 4-H exhibits and competition, with harness racing in the evening.
Getting read at the Farm Equipment Museum
Volunteers at the Farm Equipment Museum were out in the heat recently, making adjustments to a piece of equipment many people have never heard of.
They were ensuring a shingle mill, patented in 1874, was in running order for the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition.
The museum is open during the entire exhibition, and offers a few new exhibits every year.
“We plan to have our display of engines on the verandah this year,” said Dawn MacKay, a volunteer at the facility. “We hope to have one or two of them running.
“One of our new items is a manure carrier. That was donated by the family of Jack Ferguson, from The Falls.”
Manure carriers, which ran on tracks, were often found in barns years ago.
Another new item is a 1955 Ferguson, which was made in the U.K., and still runs. It was recently taken off site to be restored, but will be back on display during exhibition.
An NSAC cabinet, to mark 200 years of the NSAC/Dal AC, is also in place.
During exhibition, the museum will have artisans coming in to demonstrate things such as barrel making, spinning, needle felting, wood turning, sock making, quilting, rug hooking, rope making, pottery making and weaving.