A Fair day’s work

Annual agricultural exhibition set for success this weekend

Don Kastor and Shirley Fredding are two of the volunteers hard at work this week on the Princeton Fall Fair.

Ask Dan Kastor what his favorite part of the Princeton Fall Fair is, and he doesn’t have to think about it long.

“Opening the gates on Saturday morning, seeing people have fun.”

The Princeton and District 49th Annual Agricultural Fall Fair takes places this weekend, September 6 and 7 at the Princeton Exhibition Grounds. Three thousand people are expected to attend the event over two days.

Kastor said there are many changes to the fair this year that ought to guarantee its success.

A key factor is timing, as the showcase is moved back to its traditional date of the second weekend in September. Last year, in order to accommodate certain performers, the fair was held in August. “Our turn out wasn’t as good as in the past,” said Kastor.

There will also be new acts and vendors at this year’s fair, including chainsaw mountain carvers. The crowd-pleasing Jurassic Attack Monster Truck makes a return trip to the fair, and the Marron Valley Drill Team, Beshano Bike Trials Club, horseshoe tournament and barrel racing are expected to be large draws.

While there will be many volunteers helping with the fair over the weekend, Kastor said it’s a core group of seven people who work on staging the event. He estimated it takes about 10 hours a week from each volunteer, beginning in the spring.

“We do it for the kids really.”

Kastor acknowledged the community support that is crucial to holding the fair. “It’s community based and without the support of our sponsors it wouldn’t happen every year.”

Kastor will be performing his favorite gate opening at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

See you there!