Big rides, big smiles and family fun at the Providence Bay Fair

A view from the top of the ferris wheel shows the lineup for the Avalanche ride and fair goers enjoying the midway Friday evening.

PROVIDENCE BAY—The final attendance numbers aren’t in, but it was a busy weekend at the annual Providence Bay Fair. From the midway, exhibits and various entertainment, there was something for everyone at the fair.

Emily Watt, age 4, and Colin Watt, age 6, from Toronto enjoy the  petting zoo during their visit to Manitoulin Island and the Providence Bay Fair.
Emily Watt, age 4, and Colin Watt, age 6, from Toronto enjoy the petting zoo during their visit to Manitoulin Island and the Providence Bay Fair.

“It was a good year,” said Providence Bay Agricultural Society President Jack White. “The weather almost wreaked havoc, but we worked through it. It looked like similar numbers to last year for attendance, which is great. A highlight for a lot of people was Bronco the monster truck. The Fair Ambassador went really well also and we had a good turnout for the parade.”

During the opening ceremonies for the fair on Friday night, Mr. White commented on all the teamwork that goes into organizing the annual fair and commended the volunteers.

Algoma Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha and Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes were in attendance for the fair and greeted the crowd.

“Congratulations to everyone on the 133th annual fair,” said Mr. Mantha. “That’s one hell of a milestone.”

Silva Verboom, age 6, and her miniature horse.
Silva Verboom, age 6, and her miniature horse.
Julia Pidge, age 8, and her sister Amy, age 11, from Silver Water have fun at the midway on Saturday afternoon.
Julia Pidge, age 8, and her sister Amy, age 11, from Silver Water have fun at the midway on Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Mantha urged the crowd to enjoy all the various elements of the fair and to remember the smiles and laughter of children, noting that having a good time is what it is all about.

“It’s always a pleasure to be here,” said Ms. Hughes, who had her grandsons in tow. “Congratulations to the agricultural society on all their hard work.”

Alaina Verboom and Tieren Noble-Stone were named the Junior Queen and King for accumulating the most points in the junior section of the exhibits. It was Tieren’s third year in a row winning the title of Junior King and his fourth time in total.

Alexa Gordon was the winner of the pie eating contest, with Adam McDonald placing second. photo by Tom Sasvari
Alexa Gordon was the winner of the pie eating contest, with Adam McDonald placing second.
Photo by Tom Sasvari
Alaina Verboom and Tieren Noble-Stone were named the Junior Queen and King for accumulating the most points in the junior section of the exhibit hall.
Alaina Verboom and Tieren Noble-Stone were named the Junior Queen and King for accumulating the most points in the junior section of the exhibit hall.

Following the opening ceremonies was the Fair Ambassador Competition. There were five contestants this year with Rebecca Dawson being named the 2016 Ambassador of the Fair. Marena Verboom was named the first runner up and Christine Cranston was selected as Miss Congeniality.

Alexa Gordon was the winner of the pie eating contest, with Adam McDonald placing second. Mr. Mantha and Ms. Hughes joined in the fun as well.

There were many entries in this year’s parade, themed ‘Rural Roots and Cowboy Boots.’

The winning parade float which demonstrated this year’s theme the best was the Nadorozny Family. Runners up included the Duxbury family and the Scott family. The best decorated all terrain or small float went to Carol Hughes and her grandsons. The winner of the antique motor vehicle was Brian and Annette Murphy and his 1929 Ford. The best walking entry was the Auberge Inn. Western horses child under 16-years-old was Silva Verboom and adult Nancy Lyne, while the legendary costume went to Evelyn Santos. The single horse and carriage went to Travis Dewar. The most innovative float/judges choice were the Providence Bay/Spring Bay Lions Club. The commercial float winners were Angela and Mike Johnston of the The Cheeky Heifer in first and Barney’s Bargain Barn in second. In the clubs/organizations category the Lions Club placed first.

The Scott Clan were the winners of the 2016 Family Fun Trophy. photo courtesy of Facebook
The Scott Clan were the winners of the 2016 Family Fun Trophy.
photo courtesy of Facebook

The Scott Clan were the winners of the 2016 Family Fun Trophy.

In addition to the midway, fair goers enjoyed singing along with Tim and the Pacifiers, the judging of the livestock, the Glendale Petting Zoo and pony rides, children’s races, face painting and the horse pull.

The Manitoulin Idol competition winners were Sadie Lewis-Harding in the age 2-7 division, Abbie Heins in the 8-10, Veronica Villeneuve in the 11-16, Jessica Jordison in the 17-20 and Kaitylnn Tann in the adult division.

The fun continued into Sunday with CMRC sanctioned motocross races, cow patty bingo, family paper boat races and the quilt raffle draw. The winner of the quilt was Penny George.