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Cumberland exhibition gallops into its second century

Horses and their riders are always a big attraction at the Cumberland County Exhibition and they will be back again to entertain crowds at the 2019 exhibition. Nicole Martin washes Apollo after riding her horse at the exhibition. DAVE MATHIESON – AMHERST NEWS
Horses and their riders are always a big attraction at the Cumberland County Exhibition and they will be back again to entertain crowds at the 2019 exhibition. Nicole Martin washes Apollo after riding her horse at the exhibition. DAVE MATHIESON – AMHERST NEWS - Dave Mathieson

OXFORD, N.S. – Some of the new, some of the old, and a little bit of everything in between. That’s what the 101st Cumberland County Exhibition has in store for in 2019 as it enters a new century.

“We’re trying a few new things, and we’ve also tried to take all the things that worked really well in the past and bring them all together,” Heather Kouwenberg, exhibition board member, said.

The exhibition runs from Aug. 26 to 31 in Oxford and features new events such as kids axe throwing and a chainsaw juggler.

“We also have a sheepdog herding demo, which hasn’t happened at the exhibition for quite a long time.”

The men’s tug-of-war is also making a comeback to the exhibition, along with the Maritime Four Horse Classic.

“We tried to take what the exhibition directors have done in the past and build upon that to make the exhibition as memorable and enjoyable as possible for a vast variety of people,” said Kouwenberg.

One attraction that hasn’t been at the exhibition for several years and won’t be there again this year is the midway rides.

“It’s very difficult to find a midway right now that is available, plus we also have a little bit of a space constraint on that as well.”

The start of a new century for the exhibition has also brought with it many new board members.

“We have a couple of people who have been on the board for a year or maybe two but, for the most part, we’re all pretty new.”

Because they are new they are open to suggestions for the 2020 exhibition.

“We have a lot of entertainment this year and we have a diverse group of vendors but If anybody has any suggestions or comments we are happy to hear them, and we will certainly take them under advisement for future years,” Kouwenberg said.

She’s thankful to all the people who have helped set the stage for the 2019 exhibition.

“We thank everybody who has been involved in helping, both on the board and off the board, and past board members as well. We’re looking forward to having a great 101st exhibition.”

The Street Parade is Aug. 21 at 1 p.m.

The chainsaw juggling show is Aug. 28 at 12:20 p.m., and 4:05 p.m.

The axe throwing for kids is also Aug. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The entire Cumberland County Exhibition schedule can be found on the Cumberland County Exhibition facebook page.

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