Sunday, September 20, 2015

Truck pulls at the Acton Fall Fair

The last day of the fair is always bittersweet: Antique stock tractors and diesel trucks finally come to the track in eagerly awaited pulling competitions and later, even as the rides are put away, happy award winners are showing up to claim their ribbons and massive cash prizes. Three classes of trucks were competing in the 4x4 heats sponsored by NAPA - Acton/Georgetown: 6,500 lbs and under local stock - gas, 8,500 lbs and under local stock - diesel and the Pro Stock vehicles.
Weather was perfect for the final day, sunny and warm, and the crowds filled the midway, played the games of chance and watched the pet and horse events. Homecrafts were in the Dufferin Community Centre where I could have sworn I saw Elvis performing a few of his hits with a swing of his hips and a swish of his black and gold cape.
Whackin' some moles
Prize everytime

The September 18-20, 2015 Acton Agricultural Society Fall Fair in Prospect Park had the theme of 'Pigs Go Hog Wild' and the petting zoo even had a massive mamma pig with a clutch of suckling piglets. Everyone waited for the baby pigs to go wild, but their idea of wild and ours seem to differ. The daily entrance fee to the 102nd annual fair was $9 but you could buy a three day weekend pass for $20 and the beer in the Spot in the Park was a reasonable $5. The fairgrounds are located at the corners of Knox and Park Avenues, just a stones throw from the intersections of Highways #25 and #7.
During the 4x4 Truck Pull disaster struck when a sudden vehicle stop caused the sled operator to strike his head. Emergency personnel quickly provided first aid and he was soon put into a Halton Region Ambulance and sent on his way to the hospital. Safety concerns prompted the cancellation of the balance of truck pulls. Turns out the operator only had major bruising - no broken bones.
See more of the fair after the jump and for some photos of the midway on a Saturday night check out my post here.

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