The annual Cobble Hill Fair horse show is very popular with participants and spectators alike (Citizen file)

The annual Cobble Hill Fair horse show is very popular with participants and spectators alike (Citizen file)

VIDEO: Family friendly Cobble Hill Fair returns for its 108th time on Saturday, Aug. 26

The Cobble Hill Fair is celebrating Canada and 150 Years of Growing on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Cobble Hill Fairgrounds.

The annual fair itself is almost as old as Canada, and 2017 will be the 108th time it’s been held.

The grounds are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everything starts early with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 and the popular horse show also gets underway very quickly at 8:30 but for a lot of folks, the whole thing begins with the parade at 9:30 a.m. followed by the grand opening on stage at 10 a.m.

Welly-wanging in the kids’ area also starts early (about 8:30 a.m.), so get those gumboots ready to toss, and stage entertainment starts as soon as the opening formalities are over.

There is simply tons to see and enjoy at this family friends event. There is something everywhere you look: blacksmith demonstrations, livestock shows, vintage farm machinery, the hay bale toss, the Womens Institute tea/luncheon, a treasure hunt, the 4-H shows, sheep dog agility contests, hall exhibits of every kind, and more.

One thing that’s in short supply is parking near the site.

Organizers ask that people take the free Park & Ride service located at the Cobble Hill Christian Church, at 3791 Cobble Hill Rd., which leaves every few minutes for the fairgrounds.

The shuttles will bring you to the main gate and when you’re ready to return to your vehicle, the bus will bring you back in comfort, without cramming the village with cars.