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FALL FAIRS ABOUND!
Best of luck to all these fair organizers – wishing them sunshine and big crowds!
St. John Exhibition (NB), Sept 1-5
Interior Provincial Exhibition (BC), Sept 2-6
Eastern Nova Scotia Ex, Sept 2-6
LRA Rodeo Finals (AB), Sept 3-6
Paris Fair (ON), Sept. 3-7
Shawville Fair (QC), Sept 3-7
Foley Fair (ON), Sept 4-5
Kincardine Fall Fair (ON), Sept 4-6
Brome County Fair (QC), Sept 4-7
Lakedell 39th County Fair AB, Sept 5
North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo (BC), Sept 5-7
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Your chance to showcase in front of a national audience
If you are a performer who wants to showcase in front of a national audience of entertainment buyers, don’t miss the Canadian Association of Fairs & Exhibitions Convention in Niagara Falls, Nov. 19-21. The showcase deadline is fast approaching (September 30). The CAFE Convention is a great opportunity to perform and network with fair organizers from across Canada. You can register online at www.canadian-fairs.ca/annual-convention/2015-convention/register-now/showcase
My summer as a CNE carny
Globe and Mail
Bonnie stands in front of a wall of balloons, where cool gusts of wind wiggle the latex rainbow and make a deceptively sunny day colder. It would make throwing a dart harder, if there were takers.
She says she’s bored. A bunch of people are bored at the fun fair. Weekdays can be brutally slow, especially chilly ones. This is her second year working as a CNE carny, and the gig is generally a good fit, nestled between her conventional summer job and university classes that begin after Labour Day. The pay is decent too and she actually likes being surrounded by smells of deep-fried meats and sweets. But, "it's more fun on weekends," she says.
Agricultural fair brings fun, competition to Dunnville
Niagara This Week
The Dunnville Airport was the place to be Aug. 22 and 23, as the 21st annual Dunnville Agricultural Fair saw spectators arrive from far and wide.
"The people coming through, I can't believe it," Margaret Clark, president of the Dunnville Agricultural Society, said as spectators spilled through the gates. "By the looks of the numbers in here, I'd say our attendance is way up."
Princes' Gates put new face on CNE
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Timmins Fall Fair coming soon
As the cooler temperatures begin to settle over the City of Timmins, organizers of the annual Mountjoy Fall Fair are gearing up to host a weekend full of fun, food, and friendly competition.
The fair, which has been an autumn staple in the city for almost 60 years, will once again be taking place at the Mountjoy Arena, at 814 Park Ave., on September 11, 12, 13. It is geared to residents of all ages, and there is $8 admission fee for each day. The fair will open on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and will conclude on Sunday at 4 p.m
Something for everyone at Lively fall fair
The 9th Annual Fall Fair is coming Saturday, Sept. 12.
Hosted at the Anderson Farm Museum in Lively by the Anderson Farm Museum Heritage Society, this event offers a barbecue, over 120 art, craft, business, snack, and food vendors and community groups, with activities, displays and demonstrations across 14 acres.
Organizers pleased with activity fair turnout
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Local youth had a chance to watch and try numerous activities, like archery and curling, as local sport and culture organizations took over the Gateway Mall for the annual fair.
This is the fair’s fourth year in Prince Albert, and Ranch Ehrlo’s Kevin Mugford, who helped spearhead the operation, said it was one of their best.
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Legendary carny Jack Hunter and his Super Foot Long Hotdogs much missed by the Fair at the PNE
Not a day's gone by at this year's Fair at the PNE that a guest hasn't asked Jason Faria about his father, the iconic Jack Hunter.
Hunter spent 73 of his 85 years working at the PNE, a showman and pitchman to the core known for donning a white Stetson and serving up his Super Foot Long Hotdogs with flair.
Great weather and rural pride brought people from near and far to Woodstock to enjoy the fair
Since 1836 crowds have made their way to the Friendly City to take in the Woodstock Fair.
Kicking off on Thursday and running until Sunday the fair offered a little something for everyone. Along with all of the classics like the midway and vendors, a few attractions were introduced this year like the 24 ft rock wall, inflatables and a kids' talent show.
Cobden Fair wraps up
You know summer is coming to an end when the annual Cobden Fair rolls around.
The 156th edition of this annual celebration of Renfrew County country life wrapped up Sunday after getting underway Friday morning, and despite it getting wet a few times, the variable weather didn't deter the crowds from coming out, who were rewarded Sunday with sunny skies between the clouds.
Beeton Fall Fair marking 159th year
Bring the family for some down-on-the-farm fun for the 159th Beeton Fall Fair taking place Sept. 18 to 20.
The theme for this year's celebration is cowboy hats, boots and blue jeans, so make sure to dress to impress.
The fair features many returning classic, like the midway on the fairgrounds, carnival rides, games and treats.
The weekend will feature live entertainment, including a performances from Canadian Idol finalist Jaydee Bixby, an auction featuring Cindy and Rick from Storage Wars Canada, Tom Bishop's Wild West Show and the Woofjocks Canine All-Stars.
CNE cat show: Time for a stretch
Not every cat-lover is a purr-fectionist.
Gloria Kuzub and her three-year-old cat Danny Boy — who weighs in at 19 lbs. — have been making the cat show rounds since Danny Boy was four months old.
"When I found out there's a category for cats that aren't pure-breed, I put him in the household pet category," Kuzub explained, juggling Danny as he reacted to a crowd of cooing onlookers.
Shannonville World's Fair keeps a tradition alive
There's something special about the Shannonville World's Fair.
It's had good years and bad years but somehow it's managed to survive. And, after celebrating its 159th year this past weekend, the people behind it are now preparing for a milestone 160th in 2016.
That's an impressive feat for a community so small it has no official boundaries. Yet a determined group of volunteers have kept it going, knowing that to lose it would mean losing a part of the community’s history and an opportunity to teach youth about agriculture.
4-H Club celebrates anniversary at Barrie Fair
The Barrie Fair helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of 4-H Canada.
Last Friday, 4-H Club members from across the region created displays and scrapbooks, participated in livestock competitions for dairy, beef, sheep and horses. In return, they received pins, Centenary ribbons, and a slice of birthday cake.
Ontario 4-H President Tammy Oswick-Kearney was one of the guest speakers, praising the long-lived organization, noting that 4-H was established in Waterloo County by Stanley Knapp in 1915.
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