Upcoming Events in 2015

5 Jul

Upcoming Events in Almonte Fair Ground
Impact Motor Sports

The Almonte Fair ground, owned by NLAS is used for multiple events organized by NLAS throughout the year.

Among the list of upcoming events first is Almonte Truck and Tractor Pull competion on Saturday May 23rd, 2015. The event is scheduled to start at 11 am. The truck pull competition is divided in five categories – Stock Gas Truck under 6,500 lb., Stock Gas Truck under 7,500 lb., Stock Gas Truck under 8,500 lb., Stock Diesel Truck under 8,500 lb. and Pro Street Diesel Truck under 8,500 lb. The tractor pull competition is mainly divided into antique tractors (made before 1960) and farm tractor. The antique category is sub-divided into Antique Tractor under 3,500 lb., Antique Tractor under 4,500 lb., Antique Tractor under 5,500 lb., Antique Tractor under 6,500 lb., Altered Farm Tractor under 6,500 lb., Antique Tractor under 7,500 lb., Antique Tractor under 8,500 lb. and Altered Farm Tractor under 8,500 lb. While the farm tractor category is divided into Farm Tractor under 10,500 lb., Farm Tractor under 12,500 lb. as well as Farm Tractor under 110 hp, Farm Tractor under 150 hp, Farm Tractor under 200 hp and 4X4 Farm Tractor Open (No Articulated Tractors in this class) categories. The entry fees are $5/Tractor and Trucks $10/Truck. Prize money will be $75, $30, $20 for first, second and third position respectively. For the event, new sleds and a clay track has been arranged.

Next event is Impact Motosports as a part of the Almonte Fair to be held from July 17 to July 19 this year. On July 17, the Demolition Derby is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. The event will have three categories – Mini Smash with $60 entry fee, FSSS with $60 Entry fee and Pro Mod trucks with $60 entry fee.

On August 22, 2015 The 32nd North Lanark Highland Games will be held on the NLAS’s Almonte fair ground to celebrate the Scottish culture and heritage of the Ottawa Valley. Besides athletes, presentation by twenty pipe bands and a hundred dancers are another amazing sight of this event. The visitors will have the chance to collect traditional Scottish clothing, Scottish food, refreshments, crafts, souvenir items as well as genealogical information. The games will start at 9:00am with opening ceremonies at 1 O’clock and final massed bands at 5:30pm. A ceilidh (Scottish party) will also be held in the evening at the beer garden site. Entry fee for adult is $17 and for children between the ages of 6-13 is $6.

Almonte Fair BIO

25 Apr

almontefairpicAlmonte Fair is one of the oldest fair in Ottawa valley region. Organized annually by the North Lanark Agricultural Society, the fair started in Carleton Place in 1840 when the Bathurst District Agricultural Society was formed. After the formation of The North Lanark Agricultural Society, the fair, in its early years, was held in Carleton Place and on the McFarlane Farm (where Boyd Jamieson now lives) for few years. But the fair was later moved to Almonte (then Ramsayville) in Lanark County when the society bought the three acres land beside the Mississippi river in 1862 in Ontario, Canada. The fair is held each year since its inception, not failing a single one.

The fair is held each year in summer during the month of July – especially mid-July. Various companies, farms, local businesses and organizations sponsor as well as donate for this event. The attraction of the fair includes display of local farm animals, sheep shearing demonstration, education barn to educate children of their food source, various rides and agricultural exhibition. For entertainment derby demolition, races, lucky draws, various pet shows and children’s game are organized. Many food stalls, pie booths and beer tents are present with music shows adding up the punch. Also the fair organizes various competitions including horticulture, crafts, needle and thread work, photography and livestock like beef cattle, horse, sheep, pigeon, grain seeds. The fair charges a nominal entry fee for visitors over the age of 13 and gives free entry for children aged 12 or under.

Keeping its tradition, NLAS produces a fair book each year prior the fair, and has managed to collect the early fair books dated back to the year of 1874 till date. This year’s Almonte Fair is going to be the 157th fair.