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(Posted 11 a.m., Aug. 9)
Navan Fair opens today with plenty to see and do
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 67th edition of the Navan Fair gets underway today with a full line-up of activities for the entire family. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The 67th edition of the Navan Fair kicks off today with many of the attractions people have come to expect over the years including the demolition derby, tractor pull, midway rides, livestock shows, homecraft exhibits and a nightly grandstand show.

Things get underway today at
4 p.m., when the midway opens. The exhibit buildings open an hour later at 5 p.m., while the mini-class demolition derby starts at 7 p.m. and the official opening ceremonies and the Navan Fair Ambassador competition take place a half hour later in the Navan Arena.

The opening night also features a grandstand performance by the local power trio, The Art Vandelays.

On Friday, fairgoers can purchase a Pay-One-Price midway bracelet for $20 which entitles them to unlimited rides from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday’s schedule also includes action in the senior division of the demolition derby at 7 p.m., the heavy horse hitch at 6:30 p,m., and Canadian blues artist David Wilcox who hits the stage at around 10 p.m.

Saturday's line-up kicks off at 11 a.m. with the Navan Fair Parade. Meanwhile, on the fairgfrounds, the demolition derby cars will make way for the tractor pull event which gets underway at 12:30 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the Colonial Vet Hospital Pet Parade will take place under the domes, followed by the light and heavy horse harness classes in the Navan Arena at 6:30 p.m. At 9 p.m. The John Seay Orchestra and iconic rockers Kim Mitchell take the stage for the evening Grandstand show.

While the competition outside is sure to be hot and heavy, the competition inside the Navan Memorial Arena where the livestock shows are being held will be equally as intense as will the competition in the homecraft events.

The International Heavy Horse Show is also a must see event with competition taking place in the various categories over the course of the four day fair.

Things wind down on Sunday with the Heavy Horse Pull at 11 a.m. and a baby show upstairs in the community hall at 11 a.m. Back by popular demand this year is the bed race in which costumed participants sprint down Colonial Road with their imaginatively decorated beds. The event gets underway at 11:30 a.m.

The fair will be brought to a close with a grandstand show featuring Silver Creek and Dallas Smith begininng at 3 p.m..

Admission to this year’s fair is $10 per day for visitors 13 and over and $3 for children 4-12. A special $5 cover charge will also be applied for the grandstand shows on Friday and Saturday after 7 p.m. For a complete schedule of events visit www.navanfair.com.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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