Bubbly new attractions and old favourites at the Brooke-Alvinston-Watford Fair



Cara Vosburg

The Independent

The Brooke-Alvinston-Watford Fall Fair will be bubbling with excitement this weekend.

Fair-goers who have adopted a been-there, done-that attitude about many of the standard Midway attractions might want will find something new this weekend. Sunday afternoon a new experience will be offered free-of-charge, to all those in attendance: Bubble Ball Racing.

Also known as a Zorb ball, the bubble ball is a giant inflatable ball made of transparent plastic that people climb into and use to roll around.

If climbing into a giant plastic bubble isn’t your idea of a good time, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy. The Canadian Cow Girls Precision Drill Team will be showing off their impressive horse skills during performances Saturday and Sunday, and the West Coast Lumberjack Show will have two show times Sunday afternoon.

The fan-favourite pie auction will be taking place Friday evening. Submitted pies will be judged, and the best pies of the evening will be auctioned off. All proceeds from the auction go to the London’s Health Sciences Centre Children’s Hospital. The event sometimes has more than 30 pies entered, says Nancy Shepley, President of the Brooke Alvinston Agricultural Society.  Last year $18,000 was raised for the Children’s Hospital—one pie went for more than $1,200, she says.

The Tractor Pull and a performance by local band Woodchuck Thief are on tap Friday evening, with the beer tent open.

This year is the 139th anniversary of the fair. “It’s a great community event; it brings everybody together,” says Shepley.