OHSWEKEN — Organizers say this year’s Six Nations Fall Fair, which gets underway Friday, should appeal to people of all ages.
“We’ve spent the past two years trying to build up the fair and we’re working to make sure there’s something for everyone,” said Mark Hill, president of the Six Nations Agricultural Society.
“We’re one of the few fairs, if not the only one, that has harness racing and that’s something that I think really appeals to some of our older people. At that same time, we’ve been trying to expand our midway by adding a new ride or two every year for the younger crowd.”
Harness racing is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. with purses slated to be $2,000 per dash with a maximum of five horses per event. Depending on entries, four to six races will be offered with pari-mutuel wagering available.
A free 2020 breeding to successful Ontario pacing sire Dali will be offered to the winner of the Matchmaker Pace. Dali, who stood the 2019 season at Mac Lllley Farms for a $5,000 fee and will stand their again in 2020 is owned by “Ace” Burrows who has offered the free breeding, as well as a $500 discount to all other race winners at the fair.
The fair, which is marking its 152nd year, continues through to Sunday at the Six Nations fairgrounds, 1738 Fourth Line Rd. Besides the midway, attractions include the antique tractor and Six Nations farmers displays.
Hill, who is also a member of the Six Nations elected council representing District 6, said he expects a big crowd for the greasy pig competition on Friday. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.
The Miss Six Nations Ambassador program also starts on Friday night, he said.
“We changed the program a bit this year to spread it out over two days instead of just one,” Hill said. “It starts Friday night with the traditional presentations and then continues Saturday with impromptu questions followed by the crowning at 4 p.m.”
On Saturday, the fair features a baby show, an archery competition, horse races and an evening concert by Canadian musician David Wilcox.
“I think he’ll bring in a lot of people from Six Nations and beyond,” Hill said.
A fireworks display will cap Saturday’s events.
On Sunday, the fair’s live entertainment on the main stage will include performances by Bits of Bluegrass, Sugar and Old Spice and Old Chicago.
A demolition derby is slated to begin at 3 p.m. in front of the grandstands.
And there will be a cultural showcase and a smoke dance competition in the Gaylord Powless Arena.
For more information, visit www.snfallfair.com.