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Alvinston fair grows in 141st year

By Melissa Schilz, Postmedia Network

Cousins Tucker Witroway, 1, and Keeva Ricard, 5, show off their fair swag at the Watford and Alvinston Fall Fair on Saturday. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Cousins Tucker Witroway, 1, and Keeva Ricard, 5, show off their fair swag at the Watford and Alvinston Fall Fair on Saturday. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

The Watford and Alvinston Fall Fair set records over the weekend, and the president of Brooke-Alvinston Agricultural Society, Pam Hills, said they a seeing the small town fair flourish in a time when others a struggling.

Hills said this year’s pie auction raised $30,900 for London’s Sick Children’s Hospital, with a pie made by Lily Hayter being auctioned for $3,200. The blueberry pie was put back in the auction to raise a further amount of $2,100.

“It’s an outstanding year for us,” she said. “The pie auction was just beyond anything you could believe… the little community that could.”

Hills said expanding the fair to include more variety on Sunday was a success, and she hopes to continue the tradition in coming years.

“It was a really great fair,” she said. “It was a really good idea, definitely a win, people came Sunday and could still get a good taste of the fair.”

Heavy rainfall Friday night cancelled the tractor pull, but Hills said that was the only event of the weekend that didn’t go as planned. Turnout was still high for the Friday night dance that was held in the auditorium.

“It was still a phenomenal night, it was still friendship and fellowship, a really great time,” she said. “It’s growing… instead of shrinking like a lot fairs are, we seem to be expanding and blooming.”