2018 Exhibition Dates: July 24-29 



Coming Friday July 28th Andrew Frelick !

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Dynamic and determined are just two words that can best describe  Halifax, NS born country artist,

Andrew Frelick!

Growing up in nearby Bridgewater NS, Andrew is a natural talent delivering rich vocals, country guitar, and a polished, live off the floor sound. Rapidly building momentum following artist showcase performances during the 2015 CMA Fest & CCMA weeks, Andrew is making his mark in country music, and is definitely one to watch.

Releasing Music Nova Scotia’s 2016 nominated “Country Recording of the Year” in August 2015, “Time Stands Still” both fuelled Frelick’s growth as a country artist, and added to his credibility as a proficient songwriter with co-writes on four of the six tracks. A single/demo version of “Spread Some Good Time Around” was released early 2015 and finished as a regional semi finalist in the CBC Searchlight 2015 contest.  As a result of the song’s success, Andrew was invited to perform in Nashville, TN on June 14th during CMA Fest 2015. Soon after, “Without You I’ve Got Nothing” was released exclusively to online radio and reached a high of #8 on the same countdown, as well as #5 on popular Chicago based “Country Blast Radio“.

Look for Andrew Frelick’s 2 Nashville produced EP’s “Time Stands Still” & “When I Was Little” AVAILABLE NOW @ Country Radio, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon & many others!
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Our Story

In 1891, Bridgewater was the home to the first Exhibition held in the Drill Shed.

Records indicate that the Lunenburg County Exhibition was to be held in Bridgewater on the 5th & 6th days of October.

Over the years the name has changed:

The Lunenburg County Exhibition (1891).
The Lunenburg County Exhibition Commission (1960).
The Lunenburg County South Shore Exhibition (1967).
And finally, in 1973 the name was changed and remains
The South Shore Exhibition.

The exhibition has continued to grow and has expanded to approximately 42 acres of land, and houses over 500 head of livestock, commercial booth space, a large Arts & Crafts display, 4-H exhibits, Arts & Heritage building, Senior’s Drop in Centre, hourly musical entertainment in the Main Building, Big Name Country artists on the Main Stage Saturday evening, the midway – which is provided by Campbell’s Amusements, and so much more.

Our Sponsors

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Proud sponsor of the South Shore Exhibition

Best Western – Bridgewater
527 Highway 10 Exit 12
Bridgewater  NS   B4V 7P4
Phone:  902 530-0101

Additional Accomodations-click here

Our Board

The Executive

The Executive

Herbie Eagle – President & Dairy Display
Angie Brown – 1st Vice President, Main Building, Arts & Crafts, and Grounds & Concessions
Robert Wentzell – 2nd Vice-President, Beef Display and Christmas Tree
Tommy Mailman – Secretary and Parade
Cyril McInnis – Treasurer and Trailer Park

The Directors

The Directors

Roddie Benoit – Light Horse
Wade Bruhm – Pulling Horse and Demolition Derby
Emilie Hayward – Show/Mini Horse
Richard Himmelman – Pulling Horse
Tylor Hurlburt – Oxen
Paul Olmstead – Media & Public Relations
Richard Pernette – Poultry, Rabbits & Petting Barn
Greg Rodenhizer – 4-H, Parade



Gwen Olmstead– Manager

Jeanette Penney– Office Administrator


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Little Kids Got Talent! Sponsored by Sobeys


South Shore Idol

Demolition Derby !

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Concessions & Grounds

If you would like to become a vendor during Exhibition week, please click the applicable link below for more information.
All applications will be reviewed to ensure there are a variety of vendors

If you are a food vendor, please complete the
Temporary Event Food Permit and submit it to the Government for approval.

Concessions Application             Grounds Application

Concessions Letter            Grounds Letter

Concessions Rules & Regs             Grounds Rules & Regs   


If you would like more information, please contact the office: 543-3341

Main Building

Reserving your booth for Exhibition week is a great way to advertise your business for a reasonable cost. Over 45,000 visitors come through our gates during this week.
Don’t miss out !!
Main Building Booth Rental Opportunity
July 25 – 30, 2017
Looking for a way to advertise your business or company?  Well, here’s a great opportunity to meet over 40,000 potential customers, making this a very cost efficient way of advertising.  Our booth prices have remained the same over the last few years.  So, while everything else is going up, we have been able to maintain our costs and keep things going ahead.
Maybe you have a home based business and only sell from word of mouth.  Our booths are large in size and we will allow more than one vendor to occupy a space.  So, if you can find some friends that would like to share the booth with you, go right ahead.   I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with the increase in exposure you bring to your business or the increase you see in sales. All vendors are required to have an Exhibition Special
Don’t forget, we have live entertainment all week long in the building along with our ever popular South Shore Idol, where someone local will walk away with paid studio time to make their very own recording.
For more information on booth prices, please see the enclosed pamphlet or give me a call at 902-541-0746, or email at ACT NOW because space is limited and will be booked on a first come, first serve basis after giving returning booth holders the opportunity to retain their spaces.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Angie Brown
Director, Main Building

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A Walk Down Memory Lane

We would like to hear from you. 
Do you know someone, who has some stories about the “old days” with the Exhibition? Do they have fond memories about what it was like for them when they were younger and coming to the Ex in the summer? 

 Do you have special memories yourself?  
Do you have pictures – either old or new?

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Posted by KiwiKaboodle on 25 July 2011

 … less of a festival, and more of a right of passage, the South Shore Exhibition is something I have heard people talk about since I was a child. I went to Camp Mush-A-Mush for a week each summer, and all the kids from down Lunenburg way all talked about The Big Ex and it sounded so exotic.

Now that I live here it is a yearly tradition for me and my children. The six day event is packed chock full of every kind of country fun you can possibly imagine. Starting with a big street parade on Tuesday at 6pm (hey: and this parade? It gives out free candy .. yahoo! Who (but a like-minded parent) doesn’t want loads of free candy?

But that’s not all. Oh no, that’s not all at all. Live music up the ying yang; barrel races; strong man competition; oxen and horse pulls; steer riding rodeo; oh my heavens there’s even more! There’s the small petting barn; the 4H barn where you can view loads of animals and projects prepared or reared (depending on what you’re looking at) by local kids. [Our eldest daughter, Shani, won first prize last year for a papier mache bowl she made. She’s not entering this year, but there are loads of other kids entering their beautiful projects and they’re well worth seeing.] But wait! There is still more!!! Dora the Explorer is apparently coming to visit. And there’s still the rides .. oh my, who can forget the rides? All the awesome rides with the game guys trying to get you to spend your money on games which ‘ga-run-tee a winnah every time’. There’s snow cones, popcorn, ice cream, pizza, hotdog & fries, cowboy hats, craft tables .. on and on and on. It’s something unlike any of the big city events you’ve been to, and I politely suggest you stop by and check things out

Come one, come all .. you’ll have the time of your life …. or at least the time of your visit to Nova Scotia.

Submitted by Bubby Hebb

I am sharing some tidbits of memories I cherish about the Big Ex. I don’t count myself as being old, just 63, but one of my fondest memories about the Big Ex was from back in the day when it was held in September, and we were in elementary school over in Hebbville. Our teachers always had us get dressed up in costumes and we would go out to the Bridgewater Memorial Arena parking lot to get ready to walk in the parade. There were many schools that did this. It was so much fun for us little ones. And after when we were in the exhibition grounds there was so much to see.

The Main Building had lots of vegetables and things the farmers around the area brought in to compete for ribbons with, and upstairs were the drawings and things the school kids had in.

Out in the midway the rides were so much fun and the crane operated game of chance, you put a nickel in and guided the crane to a spot in a mound of coins to see if its bucket would get you a few coins wrapped up in plastic. Upon winning I’d more then likely put the coins back in to try and win more.

This one time, my older brother , my cousin and I were going in to see the hairy woman, I remember standing in line and we were joking about how hairy she was, the one fellow standing taking our money was her son, he got angry with us and kicked us out. Not the only time I got in trouble at the Big Ex, but the memories and the fun will last a life time. It truly is an event for everyone of all ages.

Who doesn't like to eat corn on the cob with your sister at "The Big Ex?" Mid 80's?
Who doesn’t like to eat corn on the cob with your sister at “The Big Ex?” Mid 80’s?
Judging by the vehicles in the background, this looks to be in the 50's or 60's.
Judging by the vehicles in the background, this looks to be in the 50’s or 60’s.
Oxen - always one of the crowd favourites.
Oxen – always one of the crowd favourites.


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