ANTIGONISH, N.S. - Wow … 155 years.
The Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition (ENSE) is celebrating 155 years with this year’s event which begins Aug. 29 and continues until Sept. 2, at the exhibition grounds, off of James Street in Antigonish.
Asked about highlights for this year’s ENSE, manager Donald MacLellan started going through the schedule and soon realized he was, literally, reading off each activity. It was fitting, actually, since the point of the exhibition is to provide entertainment for numerous interests so ‘highlights’ are really in the eye of many beholders.
“That is what we certainly try to do, we try and fit everybody in,” MacLellan said.
A good example of the diversity of entertainment comes on day one which is signified as 4-H Day and includes numerous activities for those groups, including displays of showmanship, obedience and conformation of animals, and then ends with the Ian Stewart Hypnotist Show.
Along with Stewart, other special shows include the ATV Obstacle Course on Thursday evening, a Cyclocross Bicycle Race event on Friday and the K-9 Hi-Flyers Agility Dog Show, twice on Saturday.
Musical entertainment, including Ashley MacIsaac returning to the ENSE after 25 years, heavily dots the schedule and joins popular events like Maritime Barrel Racing, horse pull, light and draft horse classes and the ever-present midway full of rides, games and food options.
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MacLellan noted the timing of the schedule, which is a fun-filled five days before Labour Day; a holiday for most.
“Just before everyone goes back to school, classes,” he said of the ENSE providing a nice ‘last hurrah’ of summer vacation.
For a complete schedule of activities and times, as well as additional information, see this edition of the Casket and the event’s Facebook page.