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Kell recognized for his many years of involvement

ENSE manager Donald MacLellan (right) presents Jim Kell with the Most Sportsmanlike Award – Maritime Horse Pull – in memory of Donald ‘DL’ MacDonald, Sunday (Sept. 1) afternoon at the Antigonish Arena.
ENSE manager Donald MacLellan (right) presents Jim Kell with the Most Sportsmanlike Award – Maritime Horse Pull – in memory of Donald ‘DL’ MacDonald, Sunday (Sept. 1) afternoon at the Antigonish Arena. - Richard MacKenzie
ANTIGONISH, N.S. —

Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition (ENSE) volunteer Jim Kell was recognized for his 40-plus years of involvement, during a presentation Sunday (Sept. 1) afternoon as the Maritime Horse Pull competition wrapped-up. 

ENSE manager Donald MacLellan presented Kell with the Most Sportsmanlike Award presented in memory of Donald ‘DL’ MacDonald.

Asked about the 40 years and change noted, as he was presented with the award, Kell said, with a chuckle, it was “every bit of that or more.”

“I couldn’t say for sure,” he added when asked about his first year of involvement with the ENSE, noting it would have been showing horses at that time.

“And I’ve been there pretty much every year since,” he said, talking to the Casket a couple of days after the conclusion of this year’s ‘Ex.’

Retired from a career of working on the farm and the woods; “a little bit of everything” as Kell put it, he noted he has been helping with the “dragging and weighing” around the horse pull competition, for the last number of years.

As for looking forward to the fall fair each year, Kell said he enjoys the atmosphere and the friends he has made around the annual event.

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