Let’s Go To The Fair

 

It’s an event that’s come to signal the waning days of summer, and that the fall season is just around the corner. But, it does come with thrill rides, corn dogs, cotton candy, live music & livestock, jams, jellies, and pies, and of course, the demolition derby!

The Orangeville Fair, a staple since 1858, is themed this year as “Homegrown & Handmade”. Taking place every Labour Day weekend, the fair is another of those Orangeville events that you just don’t miss. Starting noon Friday and running through until 11pm on Sunday night, there’s something for everybody at the fair. You can choose from livestock shows and judging, or maybe take in the classic cars. There’s the midway, full of games of skill, crazy rides, and even crazier food! Deep-fried Mars bar anyone? There’s live music, a dog show, and tons of events for the little ones, including a kiddie tractor pull!

As if all that wasn’t enough, this year they’ve added axe-throwing and archery!

There’s some pretty intense show judging, when it comes to the goats, horses, and the heifers, shorthorns, and angus breeds. These are some impressive and valued beasts, and winning competitions like these adds to their pedigree.

Sunday evening brings one of the most anticipated events, the demo cross / demolition derby! A huge crowd always shows up to witness these brave men and women strap themselves into their highly-tuned machines, and head into the dirt arena to do battle. Really though, this event is a ton of fun. The cars slip and slide around each other on a figure-8 track, and the winner is also often the last one…or only one, standing! The drivers have a ball, and the crowd really gets into the fun. After the derby, there’s still live music and the midway to finish off the night.

The Orangeville Fair is organized and operated by the Orangeville Agricultural Society, and has been in existence now for over 160 years. It’s probably one of the oldest volunteer organizations in the County of Dufferin and hosts an event that’s popular with every member of the community, young or old.

Author: Kelli M. Maddocks

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