Dresden Fair brings agricultural community together

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A long-time Dresden tradition that combines the past with the present takes place this weekend.

The 144th edition of the Dresden Exhibition kicks off on Friday night with a parade starting at 5 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday evening.

The fair includes exhibits, a midway, the Summer Nationals truck and tractor pull on Friday and Saturday nights, animal shows, a teddy bear show on Saturday, a baby show on Saturday afternoon and a Rise 2 Fame talent competition on Sunday.

There will also be harness racing on Sunday.

The Ken Houston Memorial Agricultural Centre will be full of different classes of exhibits, with everything from art and photography to baking and agricultural classes, said Dresden Agricultural Society president Alicia VanEsse.

“There’s a lot of new classes that you can enter in the fair this year through the prize book,” VanEsse said. “We’re really excited about the stuff we can do. No exhibit will be turned away. We will find a class.”

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A large number of vendors are also expected to be on hand throughout the weekend.

“It’s looking great,” said VanEsse about the preparations for the fair. “The vendor show is bigger than it has ever been. We’re really excited about that.”

A lot of local community groups are taking part this year, VanEsse said.

“We always like to show off what Dresden has to offer. We’re really happy about that.”

Although there won’t be an ambassador program this year, VanEsse said there will be a junior ambassador competition involving two different age groups.

The opening ceremonies take place Friday evening at 6 p.m. following the parade.

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