Ninety-Fifth Annual Cumberland Exhibition Parade a Celebration of Local Businesses, People
© Jamie Heap-The Citizen-Record
Pioneer Fuels driver Jamie Hicks stands beside his oil truck. Pioneer Fuels, an Ontario-based company that specialzes in home heating oil and fuel, still employs the same local drivers that worked for Doug Thompson. Hicks claims that the 95th annual Oxford Exhibition is the first time that an oil truck other than one owned by Doug Thompson entered the parade. Pioneer Fuels is set to become a big sponsor of the Cumberland County Exibition in the years to come.
OXFORD-The 95th annual Cumberland County Exhibition Parade went off without a hitch on Saturday afternoon. In spite of the fact that the annual parade has been held for nearly a century, it contained several firsts.
For the first time in its history, a fuel truck other than one owned by Doug Thompson entered the parade. “This is the first time in 95 years of the parade that an oil truck other than that of Doug Thompson has been in the parade,” claimed Pioneer Fuels oil truck driver Jamie Hicks. In spite of the fact that Pioneer Fuels, an Ontario-based company that specializes in such products as home heating oil and diesel fuel, took over Doug Thompson’s business earlier this year, the company still employs the same local drivers.
"The business is still growing strong,” stated owner-operator Donald McDonald. “And our local employees that we had with Thompson are still with us,” he added. “Look for a lot of new things in the future.” According to Hicks, Pioneer Fuels is set to become a big sponsor of the Cumberland County Exhibition in the future as the event is nearing its 100th anniversary.
“This is the third time that I have been in the parade and I think it is great,” stated Cumberland North PC candidate Judi Giroux. “It has been going strong for 95 years and I look forward to its 100th anniversary,” she added.
Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell, who never missed attending the Cumberland County Exhibition growing up, and his Cumberland South counterpart (Kenny John Jackson, who won the Purdy Resources Celebrity Blueberry Bake-Off) also took part in the parade. In keeping with the “Remember When” theme of the parade, Jackson paid tribute to the former long-time Cumberland South Liberal MLA Guy Brown.
In addition, to the aforesaid, Cumberland South NDP candidate Larry Duchesne also participated, as did Colchester North PC John K. McDonald and Nova Scotia PC leader/Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie.
“I think that is important to recognize the hard work of our county farmers,” said Baillie. “That is what the agricultural community is all about.”
Another first that will be taking place this fall will be the Ridgewood Field of Screams on West Linden Road at the farm of Wendy Angus, a former 4Her and Exhibition Director who organized the Dairy Show. “I was in 4H when I was young, so I know the importance of this event to farmers.”