The barns will be full and the arenas set up when the Queens County Fair returns this week from Sept. 17 to 21.
The Queens County Fair returns this week to the fair grounds in Caledonia.
Whether it is competitions, animal and human, good food or good fun, you will find it all at one of Nova Scotia's oldest agricultural fairs.
Many of the events that have made the fair successful over the years are returning, such as the horse and oxen pulls, dressed horses and agility demonstrations.
The biggest change in those events will be the Saturday Horse Pull, which now has a bigger prize. The Sweepstakes Horse Pull starts off with a pot of money put in by the Queens County Fair, and it grows from the registration fees from each participant. The more participants, the bigger the prize.
The Queens Pageant, normally on Tuesday, has been moved to Wednesday evening at 8 p.m., but everything else about the long standing contest remains. The winner also gets a $500 bursary.
The parade is slated for 2 p.m. Sept. 18, with parade lineup at 1 p.m.
The parade begins at North Queens Regional School and goes through Caledonia to the fair grounds.
The week sees plenty of entertainment grace the stage as well, and all of it from Lunenburg and Queens County. Tuesday starts off with Nor Borders at 8 p.m., Wednesday has MattLunn, Brian Hazlett and Graham Moorehead, and Thursday is Ron Muise.
Popular entertainer and hypnotist Ian Stewart returns Friday night at 8 p.m., with an all new show for the audience, followed afterwards by Matt Lunn with Split Decision.
Saturday wraps it all up at 9 p.m. with Dave Burbine and Traditional Country.
The Junior and Senior Farmer's Olympics return again, which has proven to be a popular attraction each year. The Junior Olympics take place Tuesday at 7 p.m., while the Seniors version takes place Thursday at the same time.
Doreen Holdright, secretary of the fair association, says this year they are also adding an event to the Famer's Olympics, Tug of War with a Twist. Just what that twist is though Holdright says people will have to come out and see themselves.
There are no mechanical rides this year, as the usual company isn't coming into Nova Scotia this year, but Holdright says they have Bounce Kingdom out of the Annapolis Valley coming for the week. They are bringing a wide variety of inflatable rides, and will be changing them as the week goes on to keep things fresh.
A new display this year will be Moonica the cow, brought by the Dairy Farmer's Association of Nova Scotia. Moonica is a mechanical cow that people can try their hand at milking.
A full list of events can be found at www.queenscountyfair.ca
Next week the fair grounds will get provincial heritage designation. Last year the grounds received municipal recognition for their heritage status, but this year boosts it up to the next level. The designation is an open house, set to take place Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.