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SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

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10 Ontario Fall Fairs worth visting this month

There are many fall fairs taking place around the province; they were started to discuss various concepts of agricultural improvement and would often share new seeds or techniques only with members of the Agricultural Society. The fall fair was a chance for the farmers to show off the fruits of their labour with competitions. With the advent of technology and communication, the fair isn’t needed to share techniques anymore, but is still an opportunity for friendly competition, celebration and fun!


artcle1_sept202018.jpgBecause of the rich agricultural land in Central Ontario, there are many towns in this region that have been celebrating for a long time! Roseneath Fair - Sept 28-30  - is celebrating a big birthday – its 150th! Join them for Livestock/homecraft competitions, demo derby, and lots more. Norwood Fall Fair - Oct 6-8 - is also celebrating 150 years with 3 days of great fun & entertainment including live animal shows, midway rides, kids’ games, petting zoo, tractor pull, and antique car show.


artcle2_sept202018.jpgCarp Fair, “the best little fair in Canada”, Sept 19-23 has great music, great shows (horse shows, President’s Choice SuperDogs, and their very own Rodeo), a huge midway, petting zoo and more! Enjoy it and go home exhausted. Metcalfe Fair takes place September 27 - 30, and features Livestock and Horse Shows, Demo Derby, Step Dancing and Fiddling Competitions, Tractor Pull & Truck Pull, Classic Car and Hot Rod Show, Entertainment and Midway.


artcle3_sept202018.jpgAncaster Fair - Sept 20-23 - in Jerseyville, is a really old fair; it started 168 years ago and still offers fun for the whole family, with live entertainment nightly, demolition derby, livestock and equestrian shows, & midway rides. Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show - Oct 2-8, in Simcoe, is the 4th largest fair in Ontario. It has agricultural displays, competitions, midway, food, craft beer lounge, 5 nights of motor sports excitement,  concerts & horse shows.


artcle4_sept202018.jpgRoyal Agricultural Winter Fair at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Nov 2-11 provides 10 Days of Farm Fresh Fun! Since the early 1900s, it has offered not just the typical awesome fair experience with animals, competitions and food, but also North America's #1 indoor equestrian event featuring Olympians and other top calibre riders and horses. The Royal isn’t Toronto’s only big fair…Markham Fair - Sept 27– 30 is Canada’s largest 4-day fair and one of Canada’s oldest country fairs (1844).  In addition to competitions, it also has horse/tractor pulls, demolition derby, midway, and more, and with >750 volunteers, Markham Fair is the largest community-based volunteer organization in Canada.


Featured Events

Port Elgin Pumpkinfest

Sept 29-30, 2018
Port Elgin (Southwestern Ontario)

featured_event1_sept202018.jpgPort Elgin hosts a one-of-a-kind festival every year, drawing over 60,000 visitors of all ages over 2 days. While its claim to fame is the 2 GIANT Vegetable Weigh-Offs, it also features one of Ontario's largest outdoor Car Shows, an Artists’ Village, kid-friendly live entertainment, a straw bale maze, Kiddie Karnival, marketplace, food vendors and lots of activities. A great festival to check out next weekend.

Annual Ruthven Apple Festival

Sept 29-Sept 30, 2018  
Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Ruthven

featured_event2_sept202018.jpgA tradition for 39 years, this fun family festival offers free parking & FREE admission. Besides showcasing deliciously fresh apples, pies & other local delicacies, there’s weekend long musical entertainment, kids’ inflatables, rides & games, a parade, Sunday Car Show, Farmers’ Market and over 100 craft & food vendors.

164th Lindsay Exhibition

Sept 19-23, 2018
354 Angeline St S, Lindsay (Eastern Ontario)

featured_event3_sept202018.jpgHave you ever witnessed an Extreme Rodeo? If not, now may be the time. Watch as bull riders attempt to hang onto their seats and stunt bike riders try to hang onto theirs!  It’s a crazy & wild ride for the participants AND the spectators. In addition to the Rodeo, you’ll be treated to horse shows, a midway, monster trucks, tractor pulls, kids’ activities & entertainment, live music, vendors, food & lots more.

Featured fair: Rockton world's fair (thanksgiving)

featured_sept202018.jpgRockton World’s Fair - Oct 5-8 is another really old fair – This Thanksgiving Weekend it celebrates 166 years! It began as an agricultural show in 1863 and was renamed the World’s Fair after a local paper announced that “It should be called the World’s Fair, since all the world comes to it.” Today, it is indeed a fun fair for the whole family featuring a Midway, great food, 6 Horse Hitch Event, Equine competitions, Karaoke Contest, Demo Derby & more!



onlyinont_sept202018.jpgWoodland Cultural Centre
Did you know that one of the largest facilities in Canada completely managed & administered by First Nations is located right here in Ontario? Over 35,000 artifacts are displayed at the Woodland Cultural Centre Museum, allowing visitors to discover & explore Native Ontario. There are also educational programs & workshops, a historical gallery & events year round. It’s a great place to visit & learn about the importance of First Nations in our Canadian history.

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