Building on a good thing
There’s a new place to show-off prize-winning pickles and petunias at the Annapolis Valley Exhibition grounds in Lawrencetown.
Rachel Taylor, manager, says that the committee has been busy this summer making various improvements around the exhibition grounds.
Volunteers have been working on three major projects: a new steel roof on the demonstration building, a new building to house the arts and crafts displays, and a soon-to-open, year-round agricultural museum.
“The museum will officially open during the exhibition week and then stay open year-round,” she said. “And we have a new multi-purpose addition building to display the flowers, rug hooking, quilts, cooking and carvings.”
A committee of dedicated volunteers led by Reg Piggot, and Doug and Janet Miller have been putting long hours into these projects, according to Taylor. The Tim Hennigar family donated the steel roof.
Now that the museum has room to grow, Taylor says the committee is looking for donations of apple stencils, old porcelain kitchen sink, old feedbags, or tractor signage.
This year's projects are building on a long community tradition of growing the exhibition, she added. The Ex began in 1927 as a one-day Guernsey club show, but grew to a two-day the following year, this time with a large tent to showcase indoor events. In the early years, a circle of spectators formed the main show ring.
The first permanent building to be constructed was the dining hall in 1930, at a cost of $1,100. Two large barns and a sheep shed were next to be added. In these years the cattle were led to the grounds on foot, some led behind wagons.
During the 1950's and early 60's had one of the largest Guernsey Cattle shows east of the Royal Winter Fair. In the late 90's, the Riverside Stage was constructed and concerts have become a major attraction.
This year’s headliners taking this stage are country-music legend George Fox, Rocker Sass Jordan and contemporary country music star Jason Blaine.
For more information on the upcoming Annapolis Valley Exhibition, visit www.annapilsvalleyexhibition.com
Anyone with items they wish to donate to the museum, please call the exhibition office 584 3339.