Cumberland County Exhibition plots new course for the future

Justin Dickie
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OXFORD - With a new board of directors and a new philosophy, the Cumberland County Exhibition is ready to turn the page on what has been a rough couple of years for the annual fair.

OXFORD - With a new board of directors and a new philosophy, the Cumberland County Exhibition is ready to turn the page on what has been a rough couple of years for the annual fair.

"We're (turning things around) this year. We have a new board of directors and we're just trying to get some new stuff and trying to fill our building up with some new vendors," said Cumberland County Exhibition president Andy Carter. "We're changing the format of it to stress on the latter part of the week."

This year's exhibition officially starts Tuesday August 28, and runs until Saturday, September 1.

After a "miscommunication" between the exhibition and the carnival company last year, rides and carnival games will make a return this year.

The queens' pageant, talent show, various farm animals, hypnotist, and all kinds of different displays and vendors will make also be back, as usual.

New this year is the beautiful baby contest during exhibition week and a gospel night at the arena on Aug. 26 to get the ball rolling on the exhibition.

The annual 4-H day goes the 27th.

Carter said what he thinks will make the most difference in the exhibition's entertainment value, which has been sagging the last few years, is keeping the main attractions for later in the week.

Carter mentioned the beef cattle show going later in the week as something that should have a ripple effect on the rest of the exhibition.

"It'll keep the barns full," Carter said. "We changed some (scheduling) of our cattle and stuff. That was the biggest complaint that we had. People would come on Thursday and Friday for stuff and they'd come through the big barn and half of it was empty.

"People used to come to the exhibition three or four times, but now they come once, maybe twice so we have to have there what they want to see."

All inquiries can be forwarded to the exhibition office at 447-3285.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Exhibition

Geographic location: OXFORD

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