CBC News carried a story this week covering lead-up the 250th Anniversary of the Hants Country Exhibition. In its opening line to the story it asks… “Do you remember the time Mike Duffy raced on an ostrich that could reach 56km/hour?”
It serves as a great point of recollection in looking back 250 years; of the recent changes in fairs and exhibitions and more importantly over the long term in the agriculture and farming industries. For more on the complete story: CBC News.ca
Windsor Agricultural Society President Brian Casey presented a 250th Anniversary Art Print by Susan Sweet to Rick O’Regan of Farm Credit Canada in appreciation of their sponsorship at our 250th Anniversary Celebration at the Hants County Exhibition.
The Hants County Exhibition is recognized as the oldest and longest running agricultural fair in North America
A special new event during the 250th Hants County Exhibition – A Rare Breeds and Heritage Livestock Showcase. Sunday, September 27th. Come and see:
CATTLE: (Lincoln Red, Normande, Scottish Highland, Milking Shorthorn, Canadienne
SHEEP: (Cotswold. Icelandic, Southdown)
GOATS: (Toggenburg, Saanen)
EQUINE: (Canadian, Newfoundland pony)
POULTRY: (Blue Slate, Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington)
Summer Students Brooke McNeil and Leah Newcombe present Windsor Home Hardware owner Jeff Redden with a token of the Hants County Exhibitions appreciation for the generous sponsorship provided to the Ex for their 250th Anniversary Celebration.
Windsor Agricultural Director Bruce Saunders (left) helps present Scotiabank Manager Wendy Brown with a token of the Society’s appreciation for the bank’s sponsorship of the 250th Anniversary Celebration at the Hants County Exhibition.
Also shown in the photo are Summer Students Brooke McNeil and Leah Newcombe (far right). Wendy was presented a 250th Art Print by Susan Sweet.
Hants County Exhibition Summer Worker’s Brooke McNeil (left) and Leah Newcombe (center) make a presentation of the 250th Art Print by Susan Sweet to Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley (right) in appreciation of the Town’s sponsorship of the Exhibition’s 250th Anniversary. — with Brooke McNeil, Kendra Bishop and Paul Beazley.
Windsor Agricultural Society Director Bruce Saunders (left) and Society President Brian Casey (right) present Bob Wilson (center), with a token of the Societies appreciation for Kings Mutuall’s donation to the celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Hants County Exhibition.
The presentation is of a 250th Art Print by Susan Sweet. (Photo credit to David Carmichael)
Windsor Agricultural Society President Brian Casey (on the right) is being presented a cheque from the Warden of the Municipality of the County of Kings Diana Brothers (center) on the occasion of the Hants County Exhibition’s 250th Anniversary.
The Exhibition in turn is presenting Warden Brothers with a print of the Susan Sweet painting commissioned to celebrate the Anniversary.
The Municipality of the County of Kings is a Silver Cup Sponsor and the Board of Directors of the Hants County Exhibition would like to thanks Kings County for their generous donation!! Also shown in the photo is David Logie (on the left), President of the Annapolis Valley Exhibition.
This painting was created by Susan Sweet to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Hants County Exhibition. Sweet was thrilled when approached several years ago to create a commemorative painting for the 250th.Her father Ernest Sweet was president of the Exhibition in 1965, and Sweet has a lifetime involvement and interest in the exhibition.
Her practice of painting is grounded in having lived her life in rural Hants County surrounded by various aspects of agriculture. Sweet is specifically interested in our relationships and treatments of our domestic animals and livestock. She chose oxen for this painting because they have been working the Hants County land for the 250 years of the fair.
They remain a constant at the contemporary exhibition and represent partnership, strength, hard work and rural community. 250 prints of the commission have been created, signed by the artist, matted, framed, and are ready to hang. $75 +HST and available to purchase at the exhibition office. 902 798 0000
After three outstanding nightly performances the final audience at DRUM! with All Nations Drum and Richard Taylor was treated to a special, culture-filled and vibrant performance .
The event was undertaken by the Windsor Agricultural Society as part of its opening celebrations for the 250th Anniversary of the Hants County Exhibition. Having originally started in May 1765 the fair has continued virtually uninterrupted. It is recognized as the oldest and longest running agricultural exhibitions in North America.
Celebrations for the opening weekend included: four performances of DRUM! (a renowned Brookes Diamond production); an historical reenactment of the 84th Regiment of Foot Encampment; a healing drum ceremony at Windsor’s historic Fort Edward blockhouse, the oldest remaining structure in Canada; the proclamation delivery and reenactment by the Pony Express,; a weekend AgArt festival celebrating art in agriculture along with the unveiling of a commissioned painting by local artist Susan Sweet.
The year’s events continue with a host of agriculture and musical events throughout the year, leading to the finale the 250th Hants County Exhibition in September. Two event filled weekends are planned highlighting the importance of culture and agriculture throughout the region with special acknowledgement of the contributions by the African Canadian, Acadian and Mi’kmaq communities. For more details visit HantsCountyEx.com
The Hants County Exhibition began its 250 year anniversary celebrations with DRUM! and a host of accompanying acts at the Mermaid Theater. Thursday was host to Emerald Tide, Friday was Lenny Gallant and Saturday featured the Nova Scotia Mass Choir. Sunday’s final performance of DRUM! includes a special performance by All Nations Drum and Richard Taylor