Digby Co. Ex drawing people back to their roots

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Committee member Debbie Haight and her father-in-law Danny Haight cut the cake to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the Digby County Exhibition.

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Warden Linda Gregory, center presents Debbie Haight with a certificate in recognition for everything the Exhibition committee has done to celebrate the 135th anniversary.

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Sue Dexter White presents Debbie Haight with the Grand Street Parade float plaque for the Exhibition’s third place entry in Scallop Days.

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A Memorial Mural painted by local artist Terry Gilbert celebrates 135 years for the Digby County Exhibition with names of those involved with the Exhibition over the years.

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Ina Whitman of Lawrencetown shows her husband, Frank Whitman, her son Scott Freeman’s name who was heavily involved in the Exhibition before moving out west.

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Gerri Oickle points out the leaves in memory of her mother and father Mabelle and Gerald Oickle.

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Five generations of Haights have been involved in the Digby Co. Exhibition. Bernie Haight, right Danny Haight, Gregg Haight and his young son Glendon Haight. A leaf is in memory of Bernie’s father, Fred Haight was the first generation participant.

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Gene and Darlene take a moment to browse through a few old Digby Co. Exhibition photos after the opening ceremonies Wednesday night.

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The Digby County Exhibition celebrates 135 years.

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Fiddler Jacquelyn Martell D’Eon of Annapolis Royal entertains the crowd after the opening ceremonies at the Digby Co. Exhibition.

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Sissiboo Landers 4-H member Darean McCormick proudly displays her first place scrapbooking art work at the Digby County Exhibition.

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 Sissiboo Landers 4-H member Dylan Moses earned first place for his birdhouse he completed in the woodsman competition.

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Four siblings Megan Moses, left, Dylan Moses, Haley Moses and Danny Moses show off their ribbon-winning handiwork at the 4-H presentation.

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Austin Swinimer of Windsor encourages his team of heavy oxen, Pete and Mac to complete the pull of 6400 pounds.

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Austin Swinimer who is 13 has been working with oxen since he was six.

By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

The Digby County Exhibition is celebrating 135 years and committee member Debbie Haight said one of their goals is to bring people back to their roots.

“The Digby County Exhibition is one of the oldest exhibitions but it is one of the smallest,” said Haight. “We are hoping to draw more people back to this old fashioned exhibition that they grew up with.”

Haight said it was great to see such a large crowd for the opening ceremonies on Wednesday night, Aug. 20.

Municipal Warden Linda Gregory, Councillors Maritza Adams and Jimmy MacAlpine were on hand.

Warden Gregory presented Haight with a certificate in recognition for everything the Exhibition committee had done to celebrate the 135th anniversary.

“I was excited to see so many attending the opening ceremonies, including the cake cutting and the unveiling of the Memorial Mural,” Haight said.

Over 85 names were painted on leaves for the mural in the Commercial Building and Haight said the names were given by people who wanted to remember their family members who participated in the Exhibition as exhibitors, spectators, volunteers or those who just loved animals.

Bernie Haight of Hillgrove said his father Fred Haight, whose name is on one of the leaves, was involved in music at the Exhibition for years.

“My father, Uncle Glendon, myself, my son Danny, grandson Gregg and great grandson Glendon make up five generations involved with this event,” Haight said. “I’ve been coming for 70 years, Danny for 50 and Gregg for nearly 30. Glendon is just getting started.”

Volunteer Gerri Oickle pointed out the leaves with her mother and father, Mabelle and Gerald Oickle’s names.

“They were here for over 40 years,” she said. “My dad was a horse teamster and my mother had baked goods, handcrafts, flowers and gardening on display.”

The mural was hand painted by Terry Gilbert.

Sue Dexter White, who organized the Digby Scallop Days parade this year, presented Debbie Haight with the Grand Street Parade float plaque for the Exhibition’s third place entry in the parade.

Dawson Hebb who entered two pair of steer in the ox pull said there were 33 pair of oxen competing.

“This is the most there have been in 15 years,” Hebb said.

Along with the oxen, 11 teams of horses were competing and the light horse barn was full added Haight.

“We have 189 non livestock exhibitors that includes cross stitch, quilts, baking as well as the 4-H exhibits,” she said. “We have the silent auction and plenty of music to entertain the crowds.”

“I am proud to be a part of this great event and the crowd at tonight’s opening ceremonies showed people are coming back to their roots.”

The Exhibition runs from Aug. 20-24 at the Bear River Exhibition Grounds.

For  the events schedule, check out the Digby County Exhibition Facebook group.

Organizations: Digby County Exhibition, Digby Co., Exhibition committee

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  • dale kearney
    August 21, 2014 - 19:11

    Wish i would have known there was an award being given for the Scallop Days Parade. I would have come over.