PICTOU – Kent Corbett is switching gears from the lobster to farming.
The Caribou native recently helped wrap up a successful Lobster Carnival in July and now he is preparing to volunteer with the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition in early September.
“Plans are well underway for the return of the exhibition,” he said.
The Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition will be held Sept. 3 -7 at the exhibition grounds in Pictou. There wasn’t an exhibition last year because of repairs to the Hector Arena, but Corbett said things are in full swing this fall.
He said are many new and traditional events planned for the annual show that celebrates agriculture, including 4H day, horse events, demolition derby, lawn mower races, truck pulls and musical entertainment.
As always, he said, there will be displays in the local barns on the exhibition grounds.
“This is where your food comes from and what it is all about,” he said. “Come and make the connection with your farmers.”
A complete list of events and times is available on the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition’s website at www.pictouexhibition.com
Corbett said exhibition volunteers are hoping for a good turn out of people this year since the money raised through admissions helps support the operations of the exhibition and the prizes for participants.
He said it was a difficult decision by the Pictou Agricultural Society not to host the exhibition last year and it has had a small impact on sponsorship this year.
“We are trying to reconnect with our sponsors for funding again, but because we didn’t need it last year, some of the money has been allocated to something else,” he said.
He said admission fee at the door goes towards the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the exhibition which happen over 365 rather than just one weekend.
“Operation costs have been sky rocketing,” he said. “When you add more events, you add to your insurance costs. We also pay labour for the ring crew for the weekend and we have to maintain the barns, cut grass, paint buildings all year long.”
He estimates it costs the agricultural society up to $7,500 during the summer months for ground maintenance while another $15,000 goes to maintenance on the buildings.
Corbett said it’s important for the exhibition to host many different events so a large crowds come to the grounds.
“You have to do different stuff,” he said. “Everything in the barns becomes stagnant. Once you see it once, you are not going to back the next day to see it again, because it is the same thing.”
He said the committee has been working hard to keep a balance of traditional and new events.
“We offer something for everyone,” he said.