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september 5, 2019

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They call them “Fun Fairs” for a reason!

Fairs used to be only for Agricultural Society members as a way to share tips and info, but now, fairs are a great way for a town to let outsiders experience that “only in a small town” feeling. While there are some incredible fairs that take place in cities like Toronto, the vast majority are hosted in smaller locales, and are a great excuse to visit someplace new.

Central Ontario

article1_sept52019.jpgCentral Ontario has lots of rural land and as such, is home to several very longstanding fairs.  Norwood Fall Fair - Oct 12-14 has been hosting fairs since 1868! They have live animal shows, midway rides, petting zoo, homecrafts, entertainment, tractor pull, and an antique car show.  Roseneath Fair is celebrating its 151st birthday, Oct 4-6, at the Roseneath Fairgrounds with Livestock/homecraft competitions, demo derby, and lots of other fun.

Eastern Ontario/Ottawa

article2_sept52019.jpgThe Picton Fair is one of Ontario’s oldest agricultural fairs- it has been around 184 years! Join then Sept 6-8 for good, old fashioned fun like a Demo Derby, Midway, Horse, Cow & Steer shows, Tractor & Horse pulls, and a lot more.  The Russell Fair, a relative newcomer at 161 years, runs today until Sept 8. It has fun for everyone including a quilt show, horse show, truck pull and loads of stuff for kids.  Carp Fair is known as the “best little fair in Canada”. People come for the  extreme rides, challenging games, rodeo, derby, antiques and more.


article3_sept52019.jpgWhile we tend to think of Toronto as purely urban, it excels in the agricultural fair arena. Markham Fair - Oct 3-6, is actually Canada’s Largest 4-day fair. Midway rides, monster trucks, demo derby, live bands, animal displays…we could go on!  Sunderland Fall Fair - Sept 10-11, has lots of activities too including Air Bounce, plus check out the Demo Derby, classic cars, cattle/horse shows & vendors.

SW Ontario

article4_sept52019.jpgSouthwestern Ontario is a big area and as such, has a lot of fairs. We’ve pulled out a few to get you started. Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show - Oct 8-14 is the 4th largest fair in Ontario and has loads of agricultural displays, competitions, midway rides, 5 nights of motor sports excitement, music & horse shows. Fergus Fall Fair - Sept 13-15 is known for its Truck/Tractor Pulls, Rides, Dogs, Horses, and other activities.  Ancaster Fair - Sept 19-22, has a Demolition derby, livestock shows, & midway. And Rockton World’s Fair is one of the largest agricultural and livestock events in Canada. It celebrates 167 years Oct 10-14 (Thanksgiving Weekend) with a large Midway, Vendors, food, Livestock shows, Demo Derby and more!


Featured Events


SEP.17 – 21, 2019 Verner , West Nipissing, Ontario
(Southwestern Ontario)

featuredevent1_sept52019.jpgJoin the fun at the IPM! Enjoy activites for all ages. Plowing competitions; numerous opportunities to learn about agriculture; live entertainment; hundreds of vendors and exhibitors ... the list goes on.

Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival

Sept 6-8, 2019
Port Credit Memorial Park , Mississauga (GTA)

featuredevent2_sept52019.jpgYou don’t have to go all the way to New Orleans to experience Mardi Gras! Come dance in the streets at Mississauga’s biggest street festival! The best of the Blues, 4 stages featuring a wide range of Canadian & US artists, food galore and an artisan market to pick up some one of a kind items.

184th Annual Picton Fair - Prince Edward County

Sept 6-8, 2019
375 Main St. E, Picton (Eastern Ontario)

featuredevent3_sept52019.jpgSo much to see and do at one of Ontario’s oldest agricultural fairs featuring a Demo Derby, Midway, Music, Pro Wrestling, Horse, Cow & Steer shows, Tractor & Horse pulls, Flower & vegetable displays & so much more! Good, old fashioned fun for the whole family! Free Parking.

Featured fair: Western Fair District - Sept 6-15, 2019

featured_sept52019.jpgThis celebration of agriculture has competitions, food, rides, games, and lots of live entertainment. Try Goat Yoga on Saturday and check the new wood carving and horse breed displays. Please note that while the Progress Building will be closed this year, the new Look Around tent will have lots to satisfy your shopping desires. Bring the family; everyone will have fun



onlyinont_sept52019.jpgDid you know Toronto hosts the MOST film festivals in the world?! Our Toronto International Film Festival is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world.  This years dates are Sept 5th– 15th; Keep your eyes open for celebrity faces on the sidewalks of Toronto this fall!

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