BIBLE HILL – The exhibition grounds in Bible Hill looked like giant puzzle pieces coming together on Monday afternoon.
Partially erected midway rides were being put together, games of chance and food vendors were hard at work setting up shop, and the barns and agridome were a flurry of activity as animals and their owners got settled. Some of the setup began four days ago to ensure Tuesday’s opening of the annual Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition (NSPE) goes without a hitch.
The event, boasted as a yearly attraction since 1946, continues until Saturday night. NSPE general manager Steve Pottie said exhibitions continue to attract young and old for special reasons.
“For Truro, it’s the combination of urban-suburban (events); it has something for everyone … there are animals, rides and entertainment,” suggested Pottie.
Pottie said he’d consider the Ex a success at the end of the week if it was “well organized” and attracted 40,000 people.
Last year’s event brought in about 35,000 people, said NSPE office supervisor Lynn Curwin.
She said there are many new things at this week’s exhibition, including food choices such as Jamaican, Chinese, gourmet sausages, doughnuts and beaver tails treats.
New events are lined up as well, including the ‘redneck games,’ which feature a mixture of returning and new events such as sheep riding and a sheep scramble, hay rolling, bouncy horse races, a toilet seat toss and sack races.
“A lot of people want a new experience so we are providing them,” said Curwin. “We are making it like an old-fashioned event that brings people together because to a lot of people it’s a major summer event.”
And, of course, favourites will return, such as the demolition derby, barrel racing, reptile zoo, horse and ox pull, and horse and dog relay.
Other highlights throughout the week include 4-H shows, more than 20 midway rides, chainsaw juggling, entertainment, a pie-eating contest, horse shows and an equine costume event. People can still sign up for the horse costume event by calling 893-9222 or going to the Ex office, on the grounds, for sign-up forms.
Curwin said admission prices remain the same as the past few years. Adults will be charged $8; children ages nine to 14 will pay $4 and younger children, who are accompanied by an adult, get in for free. There is also a weekly rate of $25. Midway bracelets for a day cost $26.
Here’s a look at what’s happening at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition in Bible Hill on Tuesday.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. – 4-H show (MacMillan Show Centre)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Hunter show (centre field)
Noon – Cobequid Spartans gymnastics show (next to the gym outdoors)
2 p.m. – Maritime reptile zoo (industrial building)
3 p.m. – Mini musicians (industrial building)
4 p.m. – Jacob Terry fiddling (industrial building)
5 p.m. – Maritime reptile zoo (industrial building)
6 p.m. – Opening Ex ceremonies (MacMillan centre)
6:30 p.m. – Maritime reptile zoo (industrial building)
7 p.m. – Horse pull (MacMillan centre)
7 p.m. – Beth and Chris Terry music (industrial building)