For over 125 years the Halifax County Exhibition has been owned and operated by The Middle Musquodoboit Agricultural Society, a non-profit organization that has roots tracing back to 1819.
In 1884 the first Halifax County Exhibition was held in Cole Harbour, Dartmouth. The exhibition resided there for two years before moving to a more rural setting in Middle Musquodoboit. The exhibition has been hosted in the village of Middle Musquodoboit since 1886, making this particular fair one of the oldest and last of the old-fashioned ‘open air’ agricultural fairs.
Years ago, people came from all over the province. They came to see people they haven’t seen for some time and learn about new products and services for their farms. They may have entered a competition in the hopes of winning that treasured 1st place ribbon; this still happens today.
Today this exhibition is known across the province as a ‘family exhibition’. It is a traditional venue for local and area farmers to showcase their livestock and agricultural products. People come for the 4-H displays and demonstrations as well as the oxen, horse and truck pulls. Exhibitors enter horse and dairy shows and adults and children enjoy the midway rides and entertainment.
There is also an exhibit of craft, art, flower and vegetable displays. The largest dahlia shows in eastern Canada, as well as the largest poultry show in the province.