To the editor:
While the pandemic forced cancellation of a full fair, the Sunderland Agricultural Society is pleased to report the success of our outdoor show, ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Farming,’ last Wednesday (Sept. 15).
With Covid-19 protocols in place throughout the fairgrounds, visitors were able to see both light and heavy horse shows as well as 4-H and open cattle shows.
The heavy horse show included a new event, an obstacle race for horse drawn carriages. This proved to be a hit with spectators.
The light horse show ran for most of the day with many enthusiastic participants.
One class in the 4-H cattle show had nine entries, a record for this event.
Back this year after a long hiatus from the fair was a poultry show. There we saw a variety of fine birds.
The Classic Car Cruisers joined us for the afternoon and we viewed a wonderful variety of beautifully restored cars, everything from an Austin A40 to those very popular roadsters.
Late afternoon and early evening saw the pet show and the ever popular horse pull. The weather cooperated and patrons were able to enjoy the shows in pleasant temperatures
While there were only a few vendors due to Covid-19 restrictions, those present enjoyed a steady stream of customers all day.
While pulling this event together was a significant undertaking in the present climate, it was well worth the effort and prompted very positive feedback from visitors.
The fair board wishes to thank the committee chairpersons for their organization of the shows, the volunteers who kept everything running smoothly, the vendors for coming out despite difficult circumstances and of course our fair patrons for their support of the event.
We are hopeful that next year will bring a return to normalcy and we look forward to seeing you all at a full fair in 2022!
Sunderland Agricultural Society