Video and photos: Fair brought fun and big crowds to exhibition grounds

The 2019 edition of the Estevan Fair proved to be a popular event with families in the southeast region.

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“It was incredible. I couldn’t believe the people coming in the gates and in these doors. It was phenomenal the number of people coming through,” Huber said Tuesday evening at the exhibition building.

People who attended the fair had numerous attractions to choose from. West Coast Amusements supplied the midway, with rides for young children and older people alike, along with carnival games and food stands.

“Everybody seems to be having fun and enjoying themselves,” Huber said.

Local organizations and businesses also had food booths set up on the exhibition grounds.

The annual domestics show was set up in the exhibition hall. Huber said they had 250 entries in total, with 58 people submitting works.

“We’re up in exhibitors, and out of the 250 entries, there were 172 photographs entered, and 55 craft items were entered. It was amazing.”

Another 534 pieces of artwork were submitted by school students.

“People seem to be enjoying the show,” she said.

Huber cited several reasons for the continued growth in the domestics show. She believes it’s partly due to the work of the domestics committee. Members even greet people at the door as they enter. It can also be due to the renovations at the exhibition hall, which were completed last year.

Domestics show
The domestics show had the works of local people on display.

And it could be because of the growing interest in the fair.

Estevan Sings was held on a stage next to the exhibition hall, and Huber believes the return of a singing contest boosted attendance.

“We’ve been hearing for a while now that people wanted Estevan Sings back, or it was Estevan Idol at one point, but people wanted it back, and we talked about it at our board meetings once in a while.”

Fair game
Kane Zilm was among those who enjoyed playing carnival games at the fair.

She approached Travis Frank to be the producer, and it moved forward. Huber believes the support shows how much the community wanted it back.

As for whether the fair can return to a three-day event, which it was until last year, she said people will have to wait and see, but she is confident something big will happen next year.

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