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Beachburg Fair still going strong at 159

By Ryan Paulsen, The Daily Observer

A tradition that's been going strong since 10 years before confederation was continued over the weekend with the 159th annual Beachburg Fair drawing strong numbers despite smatterings of rain and thunder throughout.

"It went really well," says fair president Adrian Vereyken. "Attendance was up on Saturday and Sunday from last year and the dance on Saturday night was the best we've ever had, attendance-wise. There was a line-up to get in by 9:30 or 10."

Friday evening's numbers were down a bit compared to years past, but considering the storm that hit the fairgrounds immediately before the opening ceremony and the not-so-distant thunder and lightning show lighting up the skies on the horizon throughout the night, the fact that the demolition derby was cheered on by hundreds of fans speaks volumes about the popularity of the event.

Saturday and Sunday saw a new attraction on the official schedule: the RAM Rodeo Tour, bringing international professional cowboys and cowgirls to show off their impressive array of skills in roping and riding.

For the seventh year in a row, local band The Ghost Town Cryers headlined Saturday night's dance, following an opening set by self-proclaimed 'hillbilly' band, Dr. Hoon.

The more traditional elements to the fair like the cattle and livestock shows went over as well as they always have, according to Vereyken, and prove that this year's theme ("Country Pride, Country Wide") was an appropriate nod to the longstanding traditions that have kept the fair going for more than a century and a half.

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