Dresden’s ‘homecoming’ event celebrating 139 years



In what each year turns into a homecoming event in Dresden, the annual fair is coming up in the North Kent community,

The 139th annual Dresden Exhibition is running from July 25-27.

“People come back to the fair on the weekend and they see their families and friends that maybe they haven’t seen in a while,” said Lucille Laprise, president of the Dresden Agricultural Society, which organizes the event. “We find a lot of families come down on fair weekend to visit their families down here and they always attend the exhibition at the same time. They get to see everybody and visit … it’s like homecoming week. We love to have everybody come back.”

Laprise said there is always a variety of activities, and this year is no different.

“There is always so much to walk around and see and do,” she said. “We have a lot of the same, but we also have some new things coming on. It is going to be the place to be for the weekend.”

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Laprise said the Friday night entertainment is going to be the mini-rods.

“We haven’t had them for quite a few years at our exhibition,” she said. “We’re also having our parade, we marshal at 5 p.m. and the parade starts at 6 p.m. After that we are going to have our opening ceremonies, which is going to be announcing the new 2014 Ambassador. That is always quite exciting. We’re going to do that on Friday night instead of Saturday.”

Laprise said another fixture for the exhibition is the midway.

“We have Carter Shows, with the midway and the rides and games,” she said. “They always have some really neat rides. The last couple years they’ve been bringing some really bigger rides. Carter Shows is always an excellent show. We’re really pleased to have them working with us.”

Laprise said a handful of exhibitors will be on display is the arena all weekend,

Other events taking place on the Saturday include the baby show, mutton bustin’, the teddy bear contest, the horse show, the sheep show, the cattle show and the pedal pull for the kids.

Laprise said Saturday night will be capped off with a demolition derby.

Sunday will include a 10-card horse racing day starting at 1 p.m. at Dresden Raceway.

For more information on the Dresden Exhibition visit www.dresdenex.com.


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