On Sunday, Moose Jaw Hometown Fair chairwoman Judy Wilson said she was feeling quite satisfied with how this year’s fair went.
“I just like the excitement of the fair,” she said, adding there were some new food vendors at this year’s exhibition, and the attendance numbers, according to informal calculations, seemed to be up this year compared to 2011.
“Overall, it has been going very well.”
According to Wilson, new activities added to this year’s fair, such as the charity poker, seemed to go over quite well with the general public.
For the first time at the Hometown Fair, the Golden Nugget Casino on the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds played host to a charity poker tournament, with proceeds going towards Moose Jaw Health Foundation.
One of the dealers was volunteer Angie Pisio, who said the tournament went pretty well on Saturday, with a buy in of $20 and the top three people sharing the $500 prize. Another $500, she said, went towards the charity.
According to Pisio, a lot of the players participating in the charity poker tournament play at the free poker tournaments offered regularly at the Park Hotel in Moose Jaw.
It is her hope the success of the fair weekend poker tournament might lead to further charity poker tournaments in the community.
“We’re hoping there’s enough interest that we can run it as a charity event more often,” she said.
Moose Jaw Hometown Fair certainly proved fruitful for Old Wives 4-H member Emily Okerstrom, whose bovine won ‘Champion Steer’ during the 4-H cattle show on Saturday, which means her animal would likely sell for more money at auction.
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