Shayla Peppin plays with a pet goat during the Horsefly Fall Fair last year.

Shayla Peppin plays with a pet goat during the Horsefly Fall Fair last year.

40th Horsefly Fall Fair celebrates country life

The 40th annual Horsefly Fall Fair coming up Saturday is a great little fair celebrating country life.

The 40th annual Horsefly Fall Fair coming up Saturday is a great little fair celebrating country life.

And it is a chance for area residents to get together for a visit after a busy summer.

Most of the visiting in Horsefly happens in the slower winter months, says fair president Sandy McNie, who invites people to come out and enjoy the event.

The fair runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 and like this year’s theme, Country Life, offers a taste of what living in the Horsefly area has to offer.

There will be covered wagon rides, a scarecrow building activity for children, and all kinds of farm and garden exhibits on display that have been entered by children and adults.

Expect to see a huge quilting and needle craft section, lots of canning, baking, cut flowers, and livestock entries, McNie says. “It really is quite amazing.”

The Horsefly Volunteer Fire Department will have their fire truck there for children to explore. There will also be a fun fundraiser called chicken poop bingo.

She says SOUL Food will be there selling ice cream and veggie snacks and the Seniors Wellness Society will have hamburgers and corn on the cob on offer. Thanks to United Concrete she says there will also be cotton candy available.

During the event the Horsefly citizen of the year is also announced, McNie says.

In conjunction with the fair there will also be a farmers market with longer hours set up in the little mall across the street from the school grounds and Horsefly hall where exhibits will be set up.

The Horsefly Fall Fair competition is open to residents and summer guests residing in Horsefly area which includes Miocene, Big Lake, and Likely areas.

Registration and non-perishable entries will be accepted Thursday, Aug. 20 between 4 and 7 p.m.

Other entries and registration will be accepted Friday, Aug. 21 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Livestock entries need to be pre-registered on Thursday or Friday and may be brought to the grounds on Saturday only between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Livestock judging will take place between 10:30 a.m. and noon Saturday.

General admission fee is $2. There is no admission charge for children ages 12 and under or for exhibitors.