Exhibition looking to make big comeback

Justin Dickie
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OXFORD - As the Cumberland County Exhibition nears, nothing appears to be in the way of it making a big comeback this year.

OXFORD - As the Cumberland County Exhibition nears, nothing appears to be in the way of it making a big comeback this year.

What was once a highly anticipated end of summer extravaganza, the exhibition has struggled the last few years, but with a new board of directors led by president Andy Carter, we could soon see a product resembling the ex's glory days.

"Things are coming together nicely," Carter said Wednesday as staff made final preparations for exhibition week Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. "We're just getting the barns and the grounds ready, just tidying up. And the girls in the office are working, and still accepting entries for things."

Exhibition week hype should start to build Saturday Aug. 25 as they host the annual horse pulls. On Sunday Aug. 26, the ex will host a gospel night. A full schedule of 4-H activities is on tap for Monday for the annual 4-H day.

Then the fun officially starts on Tuesday.

Notable attractions for this year's event include the youth and open talent show, beautiful baby contest, street parade, and hypnotist Ian Stewart.

Carter said the biggest draw should be the revived Miss Cumberland Queens' Pageant. With a lack of participation leading to a lack of interest the last few years, 14 girls are already signed up, with room for more as the ex draws near.

For more information or to sign up for an event or as a vendor, contact the exhibition office at 447-3285.

Carter hopes to see you there.

"Come and enjoy the sights and sounds and the vendors and see the animals," he said. "It'll be good old-fashioned exhibition fun."


Organizations: Cumberland County Exhibition

Geographic location: OXFORD

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Recent comments

  • Amy
    January 18, 2010 - 11:09

    Well I am happy to see it going to be a better year, But are there going to be rides this year, I know last year there was no rides it would be a lot better if there was a fair there, plz get back to me as soon as you can,

    Amy Pettigrew

  • bob
    January 18, 2010 - 10:49

    Best wishes for the renewed success of the venerable old fair. Hopefully a new sense of direction and determination will combine to stir up more interest than has been evident in recent years. Publicity is important and the Amherst daily and weekly newspapers are to be commended for their coverage of upcoming events at the Ex.
    Good luck to Mr. Carter and others involved in the presentation.
    Bob Miller