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Comber celebrates its 160th annual fair

by Garrett Fodor

Local residents had a chance to soak in the sun and share in Comber’s rich agricultural history this past weekend as they celebrated the 160th annual Comber Fair.

  The annual, three-day festival showcased the Lakeshore Community’s agricultural accomplishments and featured a car show, new and antique tractors, livestock, carnival rides, the well anticipated demolition derby, and live entertainment all weekend, along with other attractions.

  The festival officially kicked-off Friday evening, with the Town of Lakeshore’s Council members on hand. 

Grace Mullen is the 1st Vice President of the Comber fair. The event is something she and members of the community look forward to each year. 

  This year was a special year for the fair, with it being its 160th anniversary. Mullen was excited the community got to enjoy the festivities after a year of planning. Mullen said the organizing committee tries to grow the fair each year by adding attractions for all audiences. This year’s additions included axe throwing, barrel rides throughout the fair, a birds of prey show, and the Border City Barkers Kennel Club performance. 

  Mullen said the fair board is boasting a new set of executives, who are bringing new ideas and options to the fair.

  This year, Mullen estimated 25,000 people attended the special edition of the Comber fair. She was grateful for the weather received over the weekend, which allowed all of the fair attractions - such as: the Demolition Derby, the Pickup Truck Tug-o-War, and the parade through main street on Saturday – to take place.

  Mullen hoped all who attended the fair this year enjoyed their experience.

With another successful Comber Fair down in the record books, the organizing committee is already starting the planning process for next year’s edition. 

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