Lakedell Country Fair celebrates 41 years

New events added to country fair extravaganza

There is no doubt the Lakedell Country Fair is a place for the whole family.

This year the annual Lakedell Country Fair boasts its 41st anniversary, and the festivities are more plentiful than ever.

In honor of Canada 150 the fair will offer a specially themed carnival with games and prizes; also being celebrated is the 100th year of the Wetaskiwin Co-op.

New to the lineup of events is a polocrosse tournament. “Polocrosse is a cross between the traditional polo game played on horseback but it’s played with lacrosse sticks,” said Amy Belec, events and promotions co-ordinator.

Those wishing to enter are encouraged to contact Kassandra at 780-387-0890 for more information or to register.

Also new to the fair this year are the pony rides.

And after a long hiatus, being brought back into action, is the teen tractor rodeo. Contestants will maneuver ride-on lawn mowers — stripped of the actual mowing apparatus — through an obstacle race and the one with the fastest time wins.

“We’re going to have Miss Ponoka Stampede. She’s going to be signing autographs,” said Belec.

Fans of the fair will also see all their old favourites back again this year, including: the community parade, a calf scramble, the Lakedell Mighty Mutts Agility Club demo, a pancake breakfast, a trade show, a heavy horse pull competition, a youth horse show, a bench show, the Old Time Fiddlers Jamboree, Dare Devil Diva’s trick riding, the fire department demonstration, the Strathcona Mounted Troop Musical Ride, a petting zoo, log sawing and spike pounding competitions, a pie eating contest, and wild cow milking.

“The fair is fun for the whole family,” said Belec.

“It’s a very old fashioned fair,” she added.

The one-day event takes place Sept. 2 at the Lakedell Agricultural Complex.

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