© Brittany W. Verge
David Freeman, President of the Queens County Fair Association, says the funding the fair received from the federal and provincial governments will help restore roofs, create a new accessible bathroom, and create a place to skate in the winter.
As Caledonia gets ready for the Queens County Fair, the federal government has stepped up and given $68,250 to upgrade the fair grounds and buildings.
The announcement was made on Sept. 4 by Rob Moore, Minister of State for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for St. Margaret’s Bay – South Shore.
Additionally, the Province of Nova Scotia is investing $38,000 through the Province of Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
David Freeman, president of the Queens County Fair Association, says the money will be used to upgrade buildings on the fair ground. Several buildings including the pavilion and one of the large arenas need work done on the roof.
The main building, built in 1935 needs work done to its foundation. It’s also getting new windows. A 256 square foot wheelchair accessible bathroom will be built near the fence bordering the Number 8 Highway through Caledonia.
Outdoor skating, that was once a staple on the fair grounds, will be making a comeback with this funding as well.