PICTOU – New energy has been injected into the task of organizing displays in the Kinsmen Building for the 2016 Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition.
Members of the Pictou County Women’s Institute (WI) have stepped in to help those who have been involved in the project over the years, including Pat Christensen, who chairs the agriculture committee. She is a member of the Abercrombie WI and is working with Lyons Brook WI member Lynn MacLean to co-ordinate the domestic arts, sewn crafts, hand crafts, fine arts and needle arts displays in the Kinsmen Building located on Patterson Street on theeast end of the exhibition grounds.
“We’re her new recruits,” MacLean said.
Christensen has volunteered for the project for 22 years in the building and 40 years altogether.
“It’s always a busy time,” she said.
Grant and Laurie MacCarthy look after the produce within a committee chaired by John Lakenman, while Anne Grattan co-ordinates the flowers and plants.
It is a regimented process. Those wishing to exhibit can access the vital information on-line.
The crucial thing is for exhibitors to bring their goods between 1 and 9 p.m. on Sept. 5, Labour Day.
“It has to be that day,” MacLean said. “We’d like to get a lot of entries.”
The items are delivered on Sept. 5 and are judged the next day so they can be displayed when the exhibition opens on Sept. 7.
New categories are being featured this year – gluten-free baked items and gluten-free jams.
Above photo: Lynn MacLean, left, and Pat Christensen view the program for the 2016 Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition. They are among organizers for the exhibits that will be on display in the Kinsmen Building. (Goodwin photo)