Antigonish fall fair to be held at traditional dates, say municipal officials
Friday, 26 August 2016 10:50
The Antigonish fall fair will take place at its usual time of year in 2017 after all.
Following a unanimous vote earlier in August, members of the Antigonish Arena Commission asked Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition officials to move the event from late August-early September to any two-week period in July or the first half of August.
On Thursday night, however, municipal councils for both Antigonish town and county held special meetings.
They determined that the Antigonish-Guysborough Federation of Agriculture holds a multi-year lease at the arena, and only the parties who signed the lease—the municipalities of Antigonish town and county—have the power to break or change that lease.
Municipal officials decided Thursday night they are not prepared to change the lease terms, which means the fair's dates will not be altered.
The warden of Antigonish Co. says a new facility for the fall fair would be best for all parties concerned.
Antigonish Arena Commission members had asked for the fall fair dates to be moved because of high demand for ice time in late August and early September.
Warden Russell Boucher tells The Hawk that having a new, purpose-built facility would solve that issue.
"We are very willing to come and meet in the middle, and find a solution for both parties," he says, "and that would be it—that the arena itself would be used for ice purposes, and that a new facility would be used for exhibitions."
Boucher says the fair will definitely take place in the arena in both 2017 and 2018, but he hopes exhibition officials make plans for a new facility in the meantime.
He says municipal officials would help fund the new building, and that they would also lobby other levels of government to contribute funds.
Gas prices rise again in Quad Counties
Friday, 26 August 2016 09:40
Gas prices are up for the third week in a row.
Following the regular price adjustment at midnight Friday, the price of regular self-serve jumped by as much as 4.6 cents a litre in the Quad Counties.
The new range is between 104.4 cents on the low end, up to 107.3.
Diesel also jumped as much as 5.7 cents a litre.
It will now cost between 93.6 and 96.4 cents per litre of diesel.
The latest three weeks of price jumps follow five straight weeks of no increases.