The Peterborough Agricultural Society is hosting events this weekend
Despite the cancellation of the Peterborough Ex for the third consecutive year, residents of the Peterborough area will still be able to attend the agricultural events traditionally held at the exhibition.
The Peterborough Agricultural Society, which hosts the Peterborough Ex, is holding a series of agricultural shows and competitions at three locations this weekend.
On Thursday, the Steer Show and Sale will take place at Vollering Farm at 295 Douro Fourth Line in Douro-Dummer Township. Six steers raised by local farmers will be judged by three judges at 6 p.m. before a barbecue.
“They’re judged and given an overall score, and then they’re graded from one to six,” said Peterborough Agricultural Society President Viren D’Souza.
The winning steers will be auctioned online after the show until August 12.
The Rabbit and Cavy Show will take place Friday at Kawartha Downs as part of its first agricultural fair. Different breeds of rabbits and guinea pigs will be judged in different classes before the overall champions are crowned.
Winners will receive a cash prize, but as D’Souza says, it’s more about earning bragging rights.
“They want to be able to say they won the championship at the Peterborough show,” he said.
The long-running craft exhibition and competition is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Morrow Building in Morrow Park in Peterborough. Participants will compete to have their creations crowned by judges.
“Everything from baking to canning, preservatives, vegetables, cut flowers, arts and crafts. There is a photography section where children can submit entries. They will be judged first, second and third. Like all of this they do it to say they got the jam or the cucumber first place at the Peterborough Ex,” D’Souza said.
“The Peterborough Ex continues to renew and rejuvenate itself to provide agricultural and food education events to residents of the Peterborough area. These are fun events to bond and learn about farming.
The overall goal of the events is to educate residents about agriculture, he said.
“Our mandate is to host these competitions as well as to educate the public about agriculture and where their food comes from and that is something that is lacking in our education system and society in general I think. . Every day I see how few people understand where their food comes from and what it takes to feed them, so these activities are very important to us.
D’Souza said the company will likely make a decision this winter on the fate of next year’s Ex.