YARMOUTH - This year’s Western Nova Scotia Exhibition has shortened slightly from past years, with an Aug. 1-4 schedule. But it’s also added a day at the beginning – July 31 – for 4-H activities.
Past-president and office manager Amy Rose says the Ex was dropped to four days officially because there hasn’t been good attendance on Sundays over the past few years.
“However, we couldn’t quite fit everything into four days, so we’ve added the 4-H day on Tuesday to allow 4Hers to come in and do their events,” she said.
“We also have an ox haul and a draft horse haul on that day. The only activities will be outside and the midway will not be operating Tuesday.”
Admission on that day is a donation to the 4-H program.
What’s new and exciting for the Ex this year? The first act Rose mentioned was the Indigo Circus, a team of performers providing circus and fire entertainment for all ages. They’ll be performing three times daily: at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. with a “spectacular” fire show at night.
Little Ray’s Reptiles will also be there with three shows daily (2, 5 and 8 p.m.) Their fascinating menagerie has added a baby armadillo, baby sloth, panther chameleon and horn frog.
The Catch 22 Comedy Crew will perform Friday night and Witchitaw is scheduled for Saturday night.
The Evan Fitzgerald Magician Show will be on the Arena 2 stage at 7 p.m. on Aug 1, 2 and 4.
A roller skate group from Cape Breton will be renting out roller skates for $10/day. The local East Coast Beaches roller derby group will assist, helping people learn how to skate, how to stop safely and how to fall down safely.
Every day is bracelet day at the Midway. Thursday is Vanguard coupon day. Visitors can save $2 on admission if they present the coupon from the Tri-County Extra.
Rose says the barns will be full of draft horses, mini horses and oxen and that the 4H have all their dairy and beef entries. There is also a kiddie farm with a wide assortment of animals.
Other highlights include Kelley Muise: The Redneck Psychic in the main arena on Saturday, Aug 4, at 7 p.m.
The 2018 South West Nova Cultural and Arts Extravaganza will be set up in Arena 2, where you’ll also find a mechanical bull. Each ride will be $5.
For Ex schedule and more
Admission is $10 for adults 13-and-over, $5 for youth between 5 and 12 and free to those under 4.
Ride bracelets can be purchased prior to the Ex for $22 from the exhibition office, City Drug, Yarmouth South Red and White or Dayton Red and White.
The midway rides coming to the Yarmouth exhibition are: