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Things shaping up for Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition

Workers are busy this week preparing for the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition.
Workers are busy this week preparing for the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition.

A few horse stalls still need mending. Some roof work needs to be done to the draft horse barn and the Kinsmen building needs hot water.

John Robinson’s to do list before the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition takes place Sept. 6-10 is a bit long, but he is optimistic it will all be done in time for the big agricultural show.

“About a week from now, we will be putting the ground in the arena,” said Robinson, who is the manager of the PNCE. “If you put the ground in wet, the condensation comes up from the floor. It is crackling dry right now. It is also easier material to handle when it is dry.”

He said another full program is slated for this year’s show, including the Maritime Four Horse Classic Championship on Sunday in the arena.

Robinson expects this to be a big draw for crowds since the four horse series will be wrapping up its season on the last day of the exhibition.

“We are disappointed that the mounted shooting didn’t go ahead, but we have an unbelievable day Sunday,” he said.

The exhibition was unable to book the mounted shooting club because of a bylaw on the Town of Pictou’s books that says firearms can’t be fired within town limits.

Exhibition volunteer Kent Corbett said there will also be an increase in motorized events this year at the exhibition.

“There is going to be a tough truck competition that is going to be a timed run on the motorcross course,” he said. “There will be a class for of road and street class.”

This will take place Friday evening and participants can register on site. A list of rules for all events will be available on the PNCE website and Facebook page.

Lawnmower races will also take place Friday evening and six drivers from Prince Edward Island are expected to participate in the event this year.

The burnout competition is split this year with street cars, motorcycles and trucks being held Wednesday and off-road vehicles and derby cars having their place on the pad Thursday.

Crowds won’t be disappointed with the demolition derby this year, Corbett said. The usual front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and mini-van categories will take place Thursday, but the exhibition is also hoping to host an SUV class.

Corbett said a complete schedule of events should be available within the next few weeks on the PCNE website, Facebook page and in paper form.

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