Embro Fair starts Friday

By Laura Green

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the ambassador competition for the Embro and Zorra Agricultural Society's Embro Fair. To celebrate this event, all former ambassadors have been invited back for a Home Coming event on Friday night, September 14.

Prior to the actual competition, they will enjoy supper with this year’s contestants, judges and committee members and have a chance to “catch up” with each other. A special display is in the works for everyone to view at the fair.

The fair dates are September 14, 15 and 16 and event is held at the Embro Community Centre – 355644, 35th Line Zorra Township (just outside of the village). The website www.embrofair.com has more information.

Three talented youth have stepped forward to compete for this year’s Ambassador competition. They all love their community and the Embro Fair. Each contestant attended Zorra Highland Park School.

Paul Knoops, who is sponsored by the Brooksdale Women’s Institute, is a second year student at the University of Western Ontario. He is in the Honours Specialization in Biology and has minor in physics. He is involved in extracurricular activities at the university and back home he is active 4-H member and a past member of 1st Embro Ventures. You will find him working at Embro Tractor Pull from set-up to take down. You can also find him working the Embro Highland Games and of course the fair.

Madison Van Egdom, who is sponsored by the United Church Women of Knox United Church in Embro, has graduated from Woodstock Collegiate Institute, but is returning for the “victory lap”. She plays rugby and is advocate at her high school, is a member of the Knox United Church Youth Group and a charter member of the Village of Embro Leo Club and is the current president. You will also see her working at the Knox United Church fund raising events. She was team member of the mission group that worked for two weeks in Nicaragua this past February.

Mary Walton, who is sponsored by the Braemar Women’s Institute, is a second year student at the University of Guelph. She is working on her Honours Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology. She continued her love for hockey and soccer during her first year at university by participating in the intramural programs. Back home, she volunteers at the Embro Fair, Embro Tractor Pull, Thistle theatre and the Embro Highland Games. She has worn many hats at Camp Tanner (Oxford Presbytery United Church Camp) too.

Come and hear their prepared and impromptu speeches during the Friday program. It begins with the official opening of the 154th Embro Fair by Community Service Winner Dr. Harold Arbuckle at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Seaside Rendezvous”. While the judges are making their decision, Thistle Singers will be providing family entertainment. Teen Dance IV for Grade 8 students to 18 years of age will run from 8 to 11 p.m. in the hall.

On Saturday, the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. from Matheson Park and the Open 4-H dairy Showmanship class begins at 10.00 a.m. Both Bennington/Cody’s and Ingersoll Kiwanis 4-H Dairy Calf clubs begin their achievement programs at 1:15 p.m.

For those who missed the Embro Highland Games, you can watch the dancers compete in Southwestern Ontario Highland Dance Competition which begins at 9 a.m. in the large hall.

There is going to be Magic Show at 1:30 p.m. for the younger generation. The Great Zorra Chilli Cook Off happens at 2:00 p.m. along with the Talent Show.

All Ages Dance Saturday Night with the band Dry County (tickets at the door for only $12.00) runs from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

A new activity on Sunday is a Beach Volleyball Fun Tournament with sign-in at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register your team by calling Michelle at 519-285-2517 – only eight teams can play and they are guaranteed three games plus first round playoffs. Cost is $10 per person plus gate admission.

Sunday still includes the non-denominational church service, Tug-o-War, SOLTRA Lawnmower Racing and the most popular event – the Baby Show at 1 p.m.

During both afternoons, there are free kid’s activities on the grounds.

The volunteers have spent the past year planning activities to make the fair an event to remember and now they need you to make it a successful fall fair.

Just one more item to circle on your calendar– the fair board is hosting a “All you can eat Perch Fish Fry” on Saturday, November 3 at the Embro Community Centre. The licence event runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and for tickets contact Natalie at 519-949-4978. The live music provided by the band Movin, Groovin & Verhoeven. A portion of the proceeds will be donated Embro Community Centre Fund).

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