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Wild west stomping into the 160th Beachburg Fair

By Celina Ip

On July 14, local cowboy and Beachburg Fair RAM Rodeo competitor Hal Blackmore held a meet-and-greet at Lapointe Chrysler to promote the event and talk about the tie-down roping challenge he'll be competing in. Pictured here, (from left) sisters Kayla and Areka Herault pose with Blackmore after engaging in the meet-and-greet.

On July 14, local cowboy and Beachburg Fair RAM Rodeo competitor Hal Blackmore held a meet-and-greet at Lapointe Chrysler to promote the event and talk about the tie-down roping challenge he'll be competing in. Pictured here, (from left) sisters Kayla and Areka Herault pose with Blackmore after engaging in the meet-and-greet.

Beachburg will be celebrating 160 years of tradition at their annual fair this summer.

 

From July 28 to 30, fair-goers of all ages will be flocking to the 2017 Beachburg Fair.

Marking the event’s 160th anniversary, the fair lineup will feature a number of traditional festivities along with a few new additions in honour of the special milestone.

“As our 160th, it’s a historic year. So we’ll be having a bit of a ‘birthday party’ for both Canada's 150th along with our 160th. There will be cake, cupcakes and ice cream,” said Derek Robinson, a director for the fair.

On the fair’s opening day, July 28, spectators will be able to tour the grounds and enjoy all of the traditional offerings such as the midway rides and games, the various foods and the local artists and artisans who will be showcasing and selling their unique products. These festivities will continue on throughout the weekend.

After engaging in a variety of the festivities and taking a ride on the wild side at the midway, attendees will be encouraged to head on over to the demolition derby for some rough and muddy action. By the end of the night, at the derby, two lucky youngsters will be crowned Little Mister and Miss Beachburg Fair.

Moving into the weekend, the wild wild west will be stampeding through the fair grounds with the RAM Rodeo Wild West Show taking place on Saturday at 2p.m. and on Sunday at 1p.m.

Rodeo spectators will want to dust off their cowboy boots and hats as they cheer on their local cowboys and cowgirls.

The exciting performances will feature timed and rough stock events, including barrel racing, mutton busting, roping, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding.

The competitors will be travelling from all across Ontario and Quebec, including a few local participants.

Hal Blackmore, a cowboy from Pembroke, will be competing in the tie-down roping challenge along with 16 others.

This will be Blackmore’s second year participating at the Beachburg Fair rodeo.

Being a local cowboy from Pembroke, Blackmore will have many of his friends and family filling up the stands to cheer him on, including his five-year-old son Lane.

At such a young age, Lane is already following in his dad’s footsteps, as the young cowboy will be engaging in the mutton busting competition.

“He’s been touring and travelling with me ever since June when rodeo season began. I do the tie-down roping and he does the mutton busting which is when kids race sheep,” said Blackmore. “Once he’s much older he might move into bull-riding.”

Along with his enthusiasm of having his son joining in on the rodeo action, Blackmore said that he’s especially eager to make his local community proud and have them cheer him on from the sidelines.

“Being from the area, it'll be great to see the support of the community coming out and I’m looking forward to putting on a good show for them,” said Blackmore.

cip@postmedia.com