Pictou North Colchester Exhibition set for Sept. 4-8
Tim Spears finishing mopping up the Kinsmen Building were the exhibition hosts its horticultural and agricultural show.
PICTOU, NS – The Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition grounds are a beehive of activity this week as the finishing touches are being done for this year’s show.
The Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition will take place Sept. 4-8, 2019 with a full slate of activities each day inside the Hector Arena as well as the outside rings and entertainment area.
John Robinson, manager for the PNCE, said considerable work and maintenance has been done to the buildings on the grounds, including the Kinsmen Building which houses the horticultural show for the exhibition.
Crews have also been doing maintenance on the light horse and heavy horse buildings, so they are ready for the large number of horse entries at this year’s show.
“The light horse and heavy horse are full, and we have some mini horses coming as well,” he said. “On Sunday, we have the draft horse classic and some of them will be hear earlier in the week. They are powerful horses and it is something you aren’t going to see anywhere else.”
Robinson said the PNCE is known for keeping traditional events such as the light and heavy horse competitions, tug-of-war, queen pageant and fiddling contest, but is also a wide variety of other events that it hopes will draw in large crowds and keep people on the grounds.
The PCNE begins Wednesday with a celebration of 4H. Young 4H participants will spend the entire day in competition that involves their sheep, horses, rabbits, goats, cattle, poultry and waterfowl. Awards will be presented at 6:15 p.m.
This is followed by the PCNE Queen pageant which has 10 local girls vying for the title beginning at 8 p.m.
In the lower show area, a burnout competition for motorcycles and street vehicles will begin at 7 p.m. followed by tough trucks at 8 p.m.
Thursday is a full day of horse competitions in the Hector Arena beginning at 8:30 a.m. Miniature and light horse events start the day followed by Belgian, Percheron, Draft and Clydesdale four horse hitches in the evening.
The Cowboy Mounted Shooting will end the evening inside arena with a show that starts at 8 p.m.
Thursday evening is a big night in the lower show area as well with the burn out competitions for off road and demolition derby vehicles beginning at 7 p.m. and the demolition derby at 7:30 p.m.
Western horsemanship starts off the exhibition on Friday at 9 a.m. and horse competitions will take place throughout the day including pole bending and barrel racing. Cowboy Mounted Shooting will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the strongman and strongwoman strength challenge at 8 p.m. and the first heat for the men’s women’s tug of war at 10 p.m.
The Little Miss Pageant will also take place at 6 p.m. in the outside entertainment tent followed by an evening of entertainment that includes The Geezers and The Scott Hill Band. More barrel and pole horse competitions will continue in the outside ring show while free Monster Truck Rides will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lower show area.
On Saturday, horse competitions will start the day at 9 a.m. with the first heat for the 4H tug of war at 11 a.m. as well as the second heat for the men’s and women’s tug of war. The K-9 Hi Flyers Agility Dog Show will be held in the Hector Arena at 3:30 p.m. and tug of war finals will start at 5 p.m. The PNCE Queen will be crowned at 7 p.m. followed by the three abreast horse show at 8 p.m.
The entertainment tent will be busy on Saturday as well with fiddle music and competitions beginning at 1 p.m. and 4x4 truck pulls take place in the lower show area at 3 p.m.
The big draw for Sunday in the arena will be the Maritime four Horse Classic Series Championship beginning at 2 p.m. In the lower show area ATV drag races will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by stock and modified lawn tractor drag races, atv pulls and stock and modified lawn tractor pulls. The entertainment tent will also be busy with Diane MacNeil and Friends beginning at 1 p.m.
Admission to the PNCE is $8 for adults, $6 seniors, $4 children 6 to 10 years and children under 5 are free.