The 2011 Vankleek Hill Agricultural Fair begins with a parade into the sunset

the Vankleek Hill Fair parade

The 167th annual Vankleek Hill Agricultural Fair is in town for the next four days. The VKHAF always starts with a short parade that’s mostly made up of excited kids, ancient tractors and a few horses. As parades go this one ranks behind the Santa Claus parade, and the Horse & Buggy parade, which goes on for almost two hours.

But, mostly because of the kid factor, this one’s probably the sweetest. But then, on Saturday, the demolition derby will bring 5000-8000 people to Vankleek Hill who are basically in town to watch someone burn to death in a plastic, early-90’s, compact car.

There’s also a beer tent and, after it closes for the night, the gentle caress of the smell of urine will waft over downtown as 600 drunken locals walk into downtown from the fair grounds, watering every bush, shrub and tree with the remnants of our local craft brewery.

About as bad as it has gotten since I moved back here was four or five years ago when a bunch of kids set up camp at 2am in the intersection below me, and started screaming and lunging at passing cars. It took me and my half-a-bat (it was mostly the half-a-bat) about five minutes to fix that.

Vankleek Hill never gets too weird, we’re not Detroit, we just get a little annoying once a year. So bring the kids, they can shear a sheep.

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One thought on “The 2011 Vankleek Hill Agricultural Fair begins with a parade into the sunset

  1. Hey now, give Detroit some credit, they’re getting the pre-Halloween celebrations under control these days. Sort of. And the rest of the year most of the city is quiet as tomb.

    As a side note, will they let an adult shear a sheep? I’ve always want to try, I’ve milked cows and goats, driven a team of horses to rake hay and baled more hay than I care to consider. Shearing a sheep is about all I have left to complete my life. If I do that I can die a happy woman.


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