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Crapaud Exhibition to demonstrate P.E.I. has talent

Published on July 15, 2013
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CRAPAUD – Crapaud Exhibition celebrates its 60th anniversary with a P.E.I. Has Talent Show.

The all-new P.E.I. Has Talent show, to be held on Friday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. marks the beginning of the Crapaud Exhibition’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. Youth will have the opportunity to compete in one of three categories: vocal, dance or instrumental. One top prize in each of the three categories will be awarded.

Winners in the Junior categories (ages six to 11) will win $100, and winners in the Senior categories (ages 12 to 17) will win $200.

Application forms and regulations can be found online at www.crapaudexhibition.com, by email at dellaferguson@eastlink.ca, or by calling 658-2626.

Preliminaries will be held on Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crapaud Actiplex. Entrants must register (with non-refundable entry fee) before July 16.

During the Friday evening show, as well as watching the talented youth, Kendall Docherty and Friends will entertain the audience with a variety of songs and stories.

 

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Crapaud Exhibition to celebrate 60 years

 
  • CRAPAUD - The community of Crapaud will be celebrating a special anniversary of fun, family events later this month when it hosts the 60th annual Crapaud Exhibition.

This year will be bigger than ever, with an array of new events for people to enjoy, organizers say.

t’s been 60 years of hard work for the board of directors, said member Tom Albrecht.

“The key is that we are all volunteers,” he said. “To keep that kind of an operation going in a small community, it’s a nice feat.”

This year’s exhibition will kick off on Friday, July 26 with 4H competitions, as well as flower, culinary arts, creative arts and photography contests. Friday night will see the second yearly installment of P.E.I. Has Talent – a talent contest for kids ages six-17.

Saturday will feature many of the traditional activities such as barrel racing, woodsmen’s competitions, and the blueberry pie contest.

Sunday will see more barrel racing, as well as the fan-favourite heavy horse pull.

Throughout the weekend, there will be several new events such as the war cake competition in honour of the Women’s Institute’s 100th anniversary, and an extended kids program. Kids will get the chance to race around on pedal go-karts, and play with tradition 1950s toys such as the hula hoop and Mr. Potato Head.

Keeping old traditions alive is a big part of the exhibition, Albrecht said, as it is also a big part of what they have to offer locally.

“It’s really important to us. The focal point of the exhibition has always been in agricultural roots. That’s got to be the heart of the exhibition, to promote the local area, the agriculture, the food.”

It’s always a big weekend for Crapaud, the small town with a population less than 400.

“We get normally between 2,000-3,000 visitors come through the doors on Saturdays. It’s amazing.“

In the 60 years the festival has been running, it’s gained momentum each year, resulting in top-notch facilities that are the envy of the mainland visitors, he said.

“The infrastructure that we have built over the years – two large horse barns, three riding rings – it’s second to none in the Maritimes.”

For a full list of events, visit www.crapaudexhibition.com.

 

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Crapaud Exhibition: 60 years and counting

George Nicholson holds two pictures: on the left, a meeting with then prime minister Jean Chrétien at the Crapaud Exhibition in 1990; and the cattle show in 1973. Nicholson is the only one of the exhibition’s original 10 directors still alive as it celebrates a diamond anniversary this year. Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald

George Nicholson holds two pictures: on the left, a meeting with then prime minister Jean Chrétien at the Crapaud Exhibition in 1990; and the cattle show in 1973. Nicholson is the only one of the exhibition’s original 10 directors still alive as it...

Published on July 26, 2013
 
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George Nicholson still has vivid memories of the first Crapaud Exhibition in 1953.

Nicholson and nine other original directors were chosen to find a place to hold the agricultural fair, armed only with a $1,000 government grant and $100 they all chipped in.

One of the other directors, Art Simmons, agreed to let the exhibition take place in his seven-acre field where the community’s curling rink and South Shore Actiplex now stand.

A barbed wire fence was put along the road and a culvert was installed, however the group had no idea how many would show up for the exhibition.

“That was the problem,” said Nicholson, the only one of the original directors who is still alive after William Waddell died this past March. “We tried to guess and set up for 150 cattle. We spiked two by fours alongs a spruce hedge. We ended up with 284 (cattle). There was cattle tied to cars, trucks and everything else.”

The overwhelming showing of support in the first year led to a memorandum of agreement to continue the exhibition, something Nicholson still has a copy of.

The support also paved the way for the future of the exhibition, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this weekend.

The exhibition kicks off today with a community parade, 4-H competitions, and the P.E.I. Has Talent contest for kids aged six to 17.

Saturday will feature the bulk of activities, including barrel racing, woodsmen’s competitions, the blueberry pie contest, a children’s midway, livestock and poultry shows. Sunday will see more barrel racing, as well as the fan-favourite heavy horse pull.

While the exhibition has come a long way since it’s early days, it still remains true to its rich agricultural roots.

Nicholson said the exhibition’s midway in the first year consisted of a horse-drawn swing.

"When you look and see what we have today with all the buildings, it’s just amazing. It makes you feel really well that it turned out as good as it did." - George Nicholson

“The local man that owned it was kind of reluctant to set it up because he didn’t know how many would show up,” said Nicholson. “He finally agreed to it and he wore out three horses that afternoon. The swing never stopped.”

However, the progress hasn’t come without a lot of hard work.

Nicholson said 4-H, Women’s Institute, Crapaud Village Commission, the Crapaud Fire Department and many other community organizations have done a large part in making the exhibition a continued success.

“They’re the backbone of it,” said Nicholson, who also pointed to many individual volunteers. “I can’t remember anybody who said no when they were asked to do something. They would always do what they could. It doesn’t happen without a lot of volunteer help and we’ve been very fortunate.”

A testament to the commitment lies in the fact that the exhibition committee has only seen two presidents in its 60 years. Those individuals are Max Thompson and Elmer MacDonald.

MacDonald said the committee has been lucky to have individuals like Nicholson.

“It’s very special to have somebody who after this many years is still a part of our organization,” MacDonald said during an interview with The Guardian.

This year will be the first year Nicholson isn’t working throughout the exhibition.

However, he said he feels the exhibition is in good hands with the current board of directors.

“I can’t imagine what it will look like in sixty years,” said Nicholson. “When you look and see what we have today with all the buildings. it’s just amazing. It makes you feel really well that it turned out as good as it did.”

 

[Crapaud, PEI] - The community of Crapaud (Prince Edward Island) will be celebrating a special anniversary of fun, family events later this month when it hosts the 60th annual Crapaud Exhibition.

This year will be bigger than ever, with an array of new events for people to enjoy, organizers say.

t’s been 60 years of hard work for the board of directors, said member Tom Albrecht.

“The key is that we are all volunteers,” he said. “To keep that kind of an operation going in a small community, it’s a nice feat.”

This year’s exhibition will kick off on Friday, July 26 with 4H competitions, as well as flower, culinary arts, creative arts and photography contests. Friday night will see the second yearly installment of P.E.I. Has Talent – a talent contest for kids ages six-17.

Saturday will feature many of the traditional activities such as barrel racing, woodsmen’s competitions, and the blueberry pie contest.

Sunday will see more barrel racing, as well as the fan-favourite heavy horse pull.

Throughout the weekend, there will be several new events such as the war cake competition in honour of the Women’s Institute’s 100th anniversary, and an extended kids program. Kids will get the chance to race around on pedal go-karts, and play with tradition 1950s toys such as the hula hoop and Mr. Potato Head.

Keeping old traditions alive is a big part of the exhibition, Albrecht said, as it is also a big part of what they have to offer locally.

“It’s really important to us. The focal point of the exhibition has always been in agricultural roots. That’s got to be the heart of the exhibition, to promote the local area, the agriculture, the food.”

It’s always a big weekend for Crapaud, the small town with a population less than 400.

“We get normally between 2,000-3,000 visitors come through the doors on Saturdays. It’s amazing.“

In the 60 years the festival has been running, it’s gained momentum each year, resulting in top-notch facilities that are the envy of the mainland visitors, he said.

“The infrastructure that we have built over the years – two large horse barns, three riding rings – it’s second to none in the Maritimes.”

For a full list of events, visit www.crapaudexhibit

 

 

 
 
 
From Left to Right: Della Ferguson (Boston Pizza), R.Elmer MacDonald (Crapaud Exhibition Association President), ACP Paramedic Dan Smith (Island EMS), and Sarah Crozier (Heart and Stroke Foundation)

Island EMS, in association with the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation and Major Sponsor Boston Pizza are pleased to announce the placement of a brand new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the exhibition site in time for the 60th anniversary of the Crapaud Exhibition.  Island EMS also assisted in the training of individuals on site in CPR.


       

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Crapaud Exhibition Celebrates 60th Anniversary with “PEI Has Talent” Show
The all new “PEI Has Talent” show, to be held on Friday July 26th, 2013 at 7:30pm marks the beginning of the Crapaud Exhibition’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. Youth will have the opportunity to compete in one of three categories: vocal, dance or instrumental. One top prize in each of the three categories will be awarded. Winners in the Junior categories (ages 6 to 11) will win $100, and winners in the Senior categories (ages 12 to 17) will win $200. Application forms and the Rules and Regulations can be found online at www.crapaudexhibition.com or by email at dellaferguson@eastlink.ca, or by calling 902-658-2626. Preliminaries will be held on Thursday, July 25th at 6:30pm at the Crapaud Actiplex. Please register ($10 non-refundable entry fee) before July 16th, 2013. During the Friday evening show, as well as watching our talented youth, Kendall Docherty and Friends will entertain the audience with a variety of songs and stories. So, be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, July 26th at 7:30pm – the kickoff concert to the Crapaud Exhibition’s 60th Anniversary celebrations!! ADMISSION $12.00 Adults and $6.00 for children ages 6-12

 

Elmer Macdonal, BOOMER CBC Compas, Holly Hinds, Katherine Ferguson, Tom Albrecht with youngsters presented Boomer with a War Cake.....