‘Tradition lives on’: Delta Fair parade revived for 194th edition after 10-year hiatus

The Delta Fair parade c. 1980s. – Photo submitted by the Delta Fair committee

Delta Fair, you look great for 194!

After more than 10 years, the Delta Fair parade will reappear at this year’s rendition of one of the oldest agricultural fairs in Canada.

It was the brainstorming session of the Delta Community Enhancement Committee to bring back the parade.

“It’s been so long since the last parade,” said Liz Priebe, chair of the CEC. “It is something that’s been a tradition for years and years and years.”

Priebe said having a parade goes hand in hand with a long-standing rural fair, and this year, the Sunday event will be the feather in the cap of the four-day fair that starts on Thursday, July 25.

They moved the parade to Sunday to accommodate events at the grandstand, she said.
The parade will take a page from the Elgin Days parade, where participants will be encouraged to “just show up and line up,” Priebe said.

The CEC is inviting individuals, businesses, organizations, school groups, special interest groups and clubs to have fun. It’s a way to promote businesses and organizations and celebrate the community, she said.

The parade last meandered through the Rideau Lakes village in 2013. This year, it will be on Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. It will have the same route as in years past, starting at the former site of the Beverley Elementary School just off County Road 42, on Foundry Street. The parade route will follow the highway through the Village onto Mill Creek Drive before entering the fairgrounds. Judging will take place at the grandstand.

Participants are encouraged to be ready for judging by 1:30 p.m.

For parade info, please email deltamattersontario@gmail.com


Check out what’s in store for entertainment on the main stage.

July 25, 7 p.m. truck pull
July 26, 7 p.m. Abby Stewart; ZC Top Tribute to ZZ Top, 9 p.m.
July 27, 7 p.m. Elyse Saunders, 7 p.m.; 21 Gun Salute to AC/DC, 9 p.m.
July 28, Jeff Code and Silver Wings, 2 p.m.

Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss this year!

Unlimited four-day ride pass, $35 advance price; $40 at the gate. Visit worldfinestshows.com to purchase online.
Mini King and Queen Pageant, 2 p.m. July 25.
Magic shows, kids’ events, and petting zoo, 1 to 4:30 p.m. July 26.
Official opening, with Ambassador of the Year and Citizen of the Year acknowledgement, 6 p.m. July 25.
Horse draw, 9:30 a.m. July 27.
Chicken barbecue, Saturday, July 27 at 4 p.m. $20.
Tractor pull, 10 a.m. July 28.
Parade, 2 p.m. July 28.
Livestock and horse shows.
Exhibits in the main hall for the duration of the fair.

For more information, watch the Delta Fair social media channels, or visit www.deltafair.com


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