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Daniel Perry | Aug 07, 2007 - 8:16 PM |

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More competition for Georgina Idol 152nd Sutton Fair and Horse Show brings out best town has to offer

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The format will be the same, but there will be many new faces tonight as Georgina Idol finalists compete for $1,000 at the annual Sutton Fair and Horse Show. “A big change this year is that many of the finalists from 2005 and 2006 competitions were ineligible to try out this year beause they are now older than 18. So, we have a lot of new faces for this year’s final,” said organizer Tammi Roberts.

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Since 1855, Sutton’s fair and horse show has been a rite of summer and the Idol competition has exploded in popularity over the past couple of years. Only 10 of the 23 performers were selected for tonight’s final show and the audience is in for a real treat. “Each year, we seem to have a few more contestants come out to the open audition and the crowd for the final competition keeps getting bigger and bigger,” Mrs. Roberts said. Performers showcase their talent for the crowd and the prize money awarded to the winners has helped contestants further their vocal coaching and continue their education. The contestants are Gina Gordovic, Hailey Smith, Hayley Greenall, Hayley Patterson, Kaitlyn Johnston, Melissa Venditti, Vicky Bond, Ashley Hibbert, Jessica Elliott and Karly Lyall. Opening night also stages the ambassador contest, which features four young women and two young men: Ashley Dipper, Jeremy Lipchitz, Ashley Crate, Alysha Traviss, Kayla Trumble and Brandyn Hollands. The Sutton Fair Ambassador goes on to compete in the CNE Ambassador contest next year. Outgoing fair ambassador Kayla Pegg will represent the Sutton Fair at this year’s CNE. The 152nd annual fair, one of Ontario’s oldest, is a four-day affair that starts with the annual councillors’ barbecue, followed by the Fair Ambassador and Georgina Idol competitions. Friday’s daytime feature is the popular baby show, while the demolition derby headlines the evening’s program along with the heavy horse pull and battle of the bands. Saturday the agricultural events take centre stage with 4-H Club shows, horse and sheep competitions, team penning and carriage racing. The crash-and-bang gang are back in the evening for the eight-cylinder demolition derby. Sunday the fair concludes with more agricultural shows, classic car show, celebrity pie eating contest and awards presentation in the arena. Events throughout the fair include the popular midway, beer tent, petting zoo, birds of prey exhibition, children’s games, agricultural demonstrations and craft, culinary and flower exhibits. Sutton Agricultural Society president Matt Woodrow said team penning and carriage races two crowd pleasers.

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The penning event on Saturday and Sunday pits riders and horses against cattle who may or may not want to be corralled. The challenge is for horse and rider to cut out the selected cattle and get them penned, he said. The carriage race will see horse drawn carriages navigate an obstacle course to the finish line. It’s scheduled for


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Saturday at 4 p.m.

Most Popular The Sutton Fairground is located just east of High Street. Follow the signs for parking. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged six to 12, pre-schoolers free.

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