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september 21, 2017

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Embrace Autumn at a Fall Fair

Fall fairs were started to promote agriculture and the rural way of life, but they have become a wonderful way for a community to come together, to celebrate and to share the bounty of the season with others. Ontario is lucky to have so many fall fairs to enjoy – some of which have been operating without pause for over 200 years! We’ve highlighted some here, but check out for more.


article1_sept212017.jpgSouthwestern Ontario is “fair central” because of its abundance of farmland and small towns. Make the rounds!  Start this week at the Ancaster Fair - Sept 21-24 in Jerseyville. For 167 years, it has had live entertainment, demo derby, livestock & equestrian shows, midway & more. Then, hop to the 165th Rockton World’s Fair - Oct 6-9, 2017 (Thanksgiving) & enjoy Large Livestock/Homecraft exhibits, Demo Derby, Midway, Fair Food & lots of other activities.


article2_sept212017.jpgCentral Ontario is no slouch in the fair department either! First up is the 149th Roseneath Fair - Sept 22-24, 2017, which has Livestock/homecraft competitions, demo derby, and of course, the Roseneath CarouselNorwood Fall Fair - Oct 7-9, 2017 has been around since 1868. Bring the family for live animal shows, midway rides, petting zoo, entertainment, tractor pull, & an antique car show.


article3_sept212017.jpgWhen you think of Toronto, you think urban, but Toronto’s rural fair roots run deep! The Markham Fair - Sept 28-Oct 1, 2017 is Canada’s Largest 4-day fair and has loads of fun for the whole family. And don’t forget about one of Toronto’s most famous fairs - the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair - Nov 3-12, 2017  which is held at Exhibition Place, Toronto. In addition to things like a rodeo, entertainment, agricultural exhibits, it also boasts the Royal Horse Show, which is North America’s #1 indoor equestrian event.


article4_sept212017.jpgCarp Fair - September 21-24, 2017 is known as the “best little fair in Canada”! Bring the whole family to enjoy the great music, great shows, and huge midway. Once you’re in fair mode, the next weekend (Sept 28-Oct 1) is the Metcalfe Fair which has a demo derby, step dancing and fiddling competitions, antique tractor pull, classic car show and of course, the always popular midway.


Featured Events

Annual Ruthven Apple Festival

Sept 30-Oct 1, 2017
Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Ruthven – SW Ontario

featured_events_1_sept212017.jpgCelebrate everything apple in Ruthven. Mouth-watering pies, kids’ rides & games, live music, over 100 craft & food vendors, car show, farmers’ market & lots of FREE parking. Proceeds to Community Living Essex County.

Madawaska Valley Studio Tours

Sept 30-Oct 1, 2017
Barry's Bay & vicinity, E of Algonquin Park – Eastern Ontario

featured_events_2_sept212017.jpgThis is a great opportunity to see talented artists at work while enjoying the stunning landscape and fall colours. On the tour map,  red maple leaf signs indicate studios to see painting, photography, woodworking, jewelry making, iron working, pottery, textiles & more. Enjoy!

Invictus Games

Sept 23-30, 2017 Several locations - Toronto, Ontario

featured_events_3_sept212017.jpgCreated by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games is an international, Paralympic-style event in which injured soldiers and veterans compete in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, indoor rowing, tennis and other sports. Their strength, athletic ability and perseverance in the face of obstacles is truly inspirational. This year, the Games are in Toronto. Some events are free. 550 competitors - 17 nations - 12 sports. Not to be missed.

Featured fair: Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show - Oct 3-9, 2017

featured_sept212017.jpgOntario’s oldest agricultural fair, and one of the top 5 biggest, brings back memories of clouds of pink candy floss stuck to our fingers! With agricultural displays, competitions with > 10,000 entries, midway rides, food, motor sports excitement, live concerts, & horse shows, it will help create all new memories!



onlyinont_sept212017.jpgElgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre Tours
Did you know that the world’s last operating double-decker theatre is located in Toronto? This majestic site, consisting of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres, is richly decorated and full of history. Take a tour and you’ll hear stories of the history and restoration and see samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. Designated as a National Historic Site, this operating theatre has a story of its own to tell.

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