ONTARIO’S vast array of fall fairs offer fun, educational and affordable activities for residents and visitors to discover.
From agriculture and antiques to crafts and carnival games, more than 50 fairs are taking place in communities across the province this fall:
* Be entertained by a magic show or a country singing showdown at the Kingston Fall Fair, September 11-14
* Enjoy livestock displays and light horse games at the Strong Agricultural Fair in Parry Sound District, September 12-13
* See a miniature horse show, a corn husking competition and a parade at the Binbrook Fair in Hamilton, September 12-14
* Peruse displays of flowers, vegetables, grain crops and children’s school exhibits at the Brussels Fall Fair in Huron County, September 16 and 17
* Watch a dog or goat show and visit a harvest tea room at the New Liskeard Fall Fair on the shores of Lake Temiskaming, September 18-21
* Join the Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo for an interactive day of Celtic music, Irish dancing, magic, costumes and swordplay, September 20th
* Take a voyageur canoe ride, see antique cars and boats and visit a craft fair at the Lyndhurst Turkey Fair in the township of Leeds, Sept 20-21
* Learn about livestock, agriculture and dairy products, and play old-fashioned games at the 1860s Fall Fair in Morrisburg, September 20-21
* Be awed by a demolition derby and antique tractor, horse and pony pulls at the Roseneath Fall Fair in Northumberland County, September 26-28
* Delight in a midway, classic car and hot rod show and a sheep show at the Metcalfe Fair just south of Ottawa, October 2 – 5
* Witness the multi-hued poultry and majestic teams of Belgian horses at Ontario’s oldest agricultural fair – the Norfolk Fair and Horse Show in Simcoe, October 7-13
* Compete in the horseshoe pitching tournament, sample award-winning baked goods and see the farm animal display at the Elmvale Fall Fair in Simcoe County, October 9-11
* Navigate a giant hay maze and make a bid at the cake auction at the Erin Fall Fair in Wellington County, October 10-13
* Experience the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world – the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto – and its animal theatre, children’s activities and chef competitions, November 7-16
* Wander through a 19th century Christmas market and warm yourself by a bonfire at Fort York’s Frost Fair in Toronto, December 6-9.
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