[Bible Hill, NS] - The Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition has wrapped up with plenty to celebrate.
Saturday (Aug. 25) was the final day for the Ex in Bible Hill and the weather co-operated one last time.
"Things have gone very smoothly," said Steve Karrel, an exhibition commission board member who helped run the operation this year.
"We're very pleased with the way the week has come out. It was a hectic two weeks before but as of Tuesday, (Aug. 21) everything went smoothly and I think that's a tribute to all the volunteers we have on each committee."
While exact attendance numbers weren't available on the weekend, Karrel said things were on par with last year's attendance. Last year, almost 39,000 people attended the ex, with 38,000 the year before.
"We've had good crowds. Things would be busy, then dip down a bit but it would pick up again in the evenings. One day we were down two per cent from last year, but the next day we were up three per cent," said Karrel, adding he hoped a good crowd attended Saturday night, which would bring the numbers higher than last year.
He said a number of evening events were big draws for the public, including the demolition derby and Maritime fiddling music.
"We're looking at those big draws for each night of the week next year, so there will a variety of those throughout the week. We want the ones the public wants," he said, adding public feedback, good and bad, is always considered.
"Most of the comments I heard were positive. There will always be a few negative, and we want to make those right."
Karrel said he wants to have a meeting, hopefully in the fall, with exhibition stakeholders to review comments.
"Every year we try to make (the Ex) better and that's our goal for next year."
He said one decision made this year, to cancel the parade, was a "major blow" to the exhibition.
"It was a big disappointment to a lot of people," he said. "So we're looking at having a committee just for the parade next year so we can have a nice big parade."
For North River's Joe Moser, the exhibition was a chance for him to have some quality time with his six-year-old daughter Jessica.
"We came here just to hang out and for her to go on the rides," he said, while holding onto a giant stuffed dog Jessica won playing one of the games of chance.
"I think this is my first exhibition and it's great so far."
From the games to the livestock, Jessica had her favourites. She loved the horses when it came to the farm animals and the Sea Ray was her preferred ride.
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