The 115th edition of the “Biggest Little Fair in Saskatchewan”, the Creelman Fair, is set to roll on Saturday, July 20, with a full slate of activities and events.
The day will kick off with the pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by the parade at 10 a.m. up Main Street.
There will be an eight-horse hitch demonstration at 11:45 a.m. at the ball diamonds, as they will be coming to Creelman after showing at the Calgary Stampede. The Grenfell-based team of Clydesdales had a last-minute cancellation last year, but organizers are excited that they will be back in Creelman again, said president Marcel Van Staveren.
“We stay true to our agricultural roots also, as throughout the day, there will be a horse and cattle show, a dog show,” he added, noting there will be lots of agricultural exhibits for people to look over. The exhibits include crop samples, 4-H projects, baking, school projects, sewing, plants and garden samples.
A crafts and trade show will be on as well, and those interested in entering can contact Dana Gerry at 306-861-1621.
One of the most popular perennial events is the pig scramble, plus there will be a an expanded midway for all ages available.
“We’ve committed to a larger midway, with a few more choices for the kids,” said Van Staveren, noting the Ag Society tries to keep the price low for the midway rides.
They will be bringing in the paintball group from Weyburn, and face-painting will be available for the kids.
Weyburn magician Richy Roy will be on hand to entertain, and there will be bingo for those who are interested.
For when fair-goers get hungry or thirsty, cold plates will be served all day in the rink, and on the fairgrounds there will be a hamburger and cold booth, along with a beer gardens.
Those interested in getting out and playing sports can play or watch the mixed slowpitch tournament, or take in the beach volleyball.
Entries for both of these tournaments should be in by Friday, July 19. To enter the slowpitch tourney, call Randy Foss at 306-861-9345, and for the beach volleyball, contact either Graeme Cross at 306-540-2561, or Derek Foss at 306-897-7911.
“We have such a wide range of events and activities for many different interests,” said Van Staveren, noting the parade is also a favourite feature that will include horses and marching bands, both of which aren’t seen in many parades these days.
Admission to the grounds is $5 for adults, and $4 for children aged six to 14, with preschoolers able to get in for free.