The show must go on! Caledonia Fair adapts with mostly virtual events

CALEDONIA—The traditional Caledonia Fair may have been cancelled in 2020, but the Caledonia Agricultural Society worked hard to present a ‘Virtual Fair’ experience from October 1 to 4, 2020, in addition to a few in-person events. “The fair is such a big part of the life and traditions of Haldimand County and surrounding area that we wanted to do something to help fill the void,” said Agricultural Society President Allan Hedley.

Shown above serving snacks at the Drive-In Movie Night, that featured Frozen II on Friday, October 2, is (l-r) Janice Boyter of Caledonia, Nancy Rose of Dunnville, Jackie Daglish of Hagersville, Linda Wolloff of Caledonia, Sandra Young of Caledonia, and Patti Zadanyi of Caledonia.          
—Haldimand Press photo by Kali McSporran.  
Shown is Rob and Michelle Krauskop with their children Tristan (8) and Kaitlynn (6), from Jarvis. —Haldimand Press photo by Kali McSporran.
Shown (l-r) is Bryce Robertson (7), Lindsay Coston, Carter Coston (11), Ben Coston (6), Elias Camblin (11), Beven Robertson (9), Nicole Robertson, and Raiden Camblin (9), all from Caledonia. —Haldimand Press photo by Kali McSporran.
CALEDONIA—The Caledonia Agricultural Society worked hard to present a Virtual Fair experience from October 1 to 4, 2020, in addition to a few in-person events. Some of this year’s events included a virtual baby show, colouring contest, drive-in movie, 50/50 and quilt draw, fall decor sale, food bank donation night, take-out barbecue, virtual pie eating contest, touch-free garage sale, town-wide scavenger hunt, and over 25 special Virtual Fair video presentations appearing throughout the weekend. Above is a screenshot from the virtual Pie Eating Contest video. Participants in this year’s Pie Eating Contest included: Rock ‘N’ Ray Michaels, radio host from 92.9 The Grand; Catherine McGill, a past pie eating contest champion and volunteer with the Haldimand Horticultural Society and Caledonia Fair; Councillor Dan Lawrence; and Shawn Kelly, returning champion. “My strategy is not to have dinner before I come,” said McGill before the contest. “Unfortunately, I didn’t follow my strategy.” Councillor Lawrence said, “I don’t like to eat pie.” Jodie Easson, who introduced the participants in the video, said it took some convincing to have Lawrence partake in the contest, who spent his time inspecting the slices. And the winner is... Shawn Kelly for a fourth year in a row!
Volunteers of the Caledonia Fair served a Barbecue Dinner for Two on Saturday, October 3, 2020 as part of the Virtual Fair. More than 170 pre-ordered take-out dinners, which included a half-rack of ribs, a half chicken, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and dinner rolls, were expertly prepared by the Backroad Barbecue Company. Above left, Dave Glenney of Cayuga was happy to receive the Dinner for Two from a Caledonia Fair volunteer. —Haldimand Press photos by Sheila Phibbs.
Volunteers Lisa Liegler and Renee Hedley, who ensured that meals were packed and ready for pick-up. —Haldimand Press photo by Sheila Phibbs.
Baby Show Winners
Baby Bennett: Baby with the most or least hair
Baby Show Winners
Baby Chawla: Baby with the curliest hair
Baby Show Winners
Baby Erben: Baby with the best wave hello
Baby Show Winners
Baby Holliday-Fitzgerald: Best dressed like mom or dad
Baby Show Winners
Baby Kelcey: Baby with the chubbiest cheeks
Baby Show Winners
Baby Moore: Happiest baby
Baby Show Winners
Baby Niell: Baby with the biggest, brightest eyes
Baby Show Winners
Soares Twins: Best dressed alike twins
Baby Show Winners
Baby Sywyk: Busiest Baby
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