The Priddis and Millarville Fair is set to return to the Millarville Racetrack this August.

While it may feel like a ways away, for now, they’re currently enlisting exhibitors.

Yvonne Sterrenberg, chairperson of the fair’s volunteer committee, says anyone interested is invited to take a look at their exhibitor book, which includes a list of their vast array of competitions.

“Arts and handicrafts, home cooking and baking, photography, field crops, fibre arts, woodworking, all the horticultural classes, then we’ve got our horse classes for English, western, and gymkhana. Then there are all the livestock competitions people can enter as well. We’ve got poultry, beef cattle, sheep, and the rabbits are back.”

Groups of exhibitors are broken up into “classes” with cash prizes for first, second, and third place, with some departments also including specialized prizes.

As well as providing an in-depth breakdown of classes and competitions, Sterrenberg says the exhibitor book also provides a preview of what fairgoers can expect to see there. 

“We’ve also included the fair attractions, so for instance, the Alberta Birds of Prey for Coaldale come. We’ve got antique trucks and engine shows, and we’ve got the Alberta Model A and Model T clubs coming and they’re going to be there both days. The Sheep Creek Weavers are coming and this year they’ve challenged some of the other guilds in the area to a Fleece to Shawl competition on Saturday, and on Sunday they’re going to be doing ‘make and takes,’ so people can come and do fibre crafts with them.”

Sterrenberg says the event is for absolutely everyone, which is stated on the exhibitor book’s cover, and that extends to exhibitors.

“There’s a lot of younger people who really enjoy having exposure to the animals and the information about rural life. It holds a lot of fascination for kids… And we’ve got some residents from some of our long-term care homes that are going to be joining us this year, so it’s for everyone. There are pie and watermelon eating contests where you need a little bit of appetite to excel at that, we’ve got a magician that’s coming, face painting. It’s a lot of fun, it's really for everyone.”

More information can be found on the Priddis and Millarville Fair website, and the book can be seen here.