As summer winds down and kids get ready to head back to school, the scent of cotton candy and popcorn fills the air at the Orangeville Agricultural Fairgrounds. It’s fall fair time and the 2017 theme is “Bushels of Fun!” Held each Labour Day weekend, the lights of the midway can be seen from miles away as the rides spin and twirl high above the crowd. As ribbons are handed out to deserving exhibitors for the best jams, jellies, produce and crafts, the livestock ring is busy with farmers, both young and old, proudly displaying their sheep, calves, and heifers. Day and evening, the stages are busy with activity and the popular demolition derby always draws a large crowd.
Orangeville Fair organized and operated by the Orangeville Agricultural Society has been in existence for over 160 years! It is probably one of the oldest volunteer organizations in the County of Dufferin and hosts an event that is not exclusive to any member of the community-young or old.
The annual fair was “a highlight in the activities of the year in rural communities”. The exhibition of wares was combined with entertainment, either in side-shows or small midways and the local community band. Friendships were renewed, ideas exchanged and prizes awarded for the best fruit, baked goods or handwork, horses and livestock.
The present day country fair is not a lot different. Livestock is judged and sometimes points given and accumulated for further prestige at larger shows or, just a ribbon to a first time exhibitor that handled the calf well in showmanship is enough of an achievement. Home Crafts displays are making a comeback to fill the exhibition halls with colours, scents and oohs and ahhs. And, there are ribbons for those talented, artistic young folks as well.
Come and see what the community produces!
247090 5th Side Road Orangeville Fairgrounds Orangeville, ON L9W 6K5
Fri, 01 September, 2017, 10:00 am