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Fall Fairs Close to Niagara

© by George Bailey

Arthur Fall Fair - Sept. 4-7
Kicks off with a beef barbeque supper, Thursday evening, Sept 4th. Supper tickets are $14.00 for an adult and children 6-12 years $6.00. Friday at 7 pm, there’s a parade from Arthur Christian School to the fairgrounds. Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 8 am to an array of livestock exhibits, baking exhibits, sheep shows, dairy shows, a midway and a baby show. There’s even a Riding Lawn and Tractor Pull. Check out the frog jumping contest and Western Horses Show on Sunday. Daily fees: adults $5.00, 12 and under, free. 167 km from Niagara: www.arthurfallfair.ca or 519-848-5420.

Tavistock Fall Fair - Sept. 5-7
Began in 1851. Like most fall fairs, there’s a midway, exhibits of crops and vegetables, plants and flowers, and livestock exhibits plus a classic vehicle show. Saturday evening, there’s an old-fashion dance starting at 9 pm. Hours are Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday 10 am until 10 pm and Sunday 11 am until 3:30 pm. Daily fair fee: adults $5.00. 156 km from Niagara: www.tavistockfallfair.com

Brampton Fall Fair - Sept. 11-14
Has been around for 161 years, and it's only 123 km from Niagara. Daily fees are: Thursday: adults $5.00 (12 and under, free), Friday, Saturday and Sunday: adults $10.00, seniors and students $8.00. Buildings open at 10 am and close at 10 pm. www.bramptonfair.com. or 905-843-0210.

The Niagara Regional Exhibition Sept. 11-14
A long running fair (162 years) in Welland. There are horse shows, exhibits of award-winning Niagara fruits and vegetables, a Fair-est baby show and an ever-popular demolition derby on Thursday evening at 7:30 and Sunday evening at 5 pm for no additional fee. Gates open Thursday 4-11pm, Friday and Saturday - 9 am-11 pm and on Sunday 9 am-8pm. Adults are $8.00, seniors, 65 plus $6.00 and students 13 - 18 years of age $5.00 , under five free. www.niagararegionalexhibition.com or 905-735-6413.

Fergus Fall Fair - Sept. 12-14
This 178-year-old fair claims to be the oldest running fair in Ontario. It's maybe not as big as others but it produces as much excitement. The tractor-pull on Saturday is as much a crowd pleaser as the mini Chuck-wagon races on Sunday afternoon. Something different at this fair is a sheep herding competition. Fergus is 150 km from Niagara. The fairgrounds are at the Wellington Community Sportsplex at 550 Belsyde Street. Daytime admission: adults, $9.00, students $7, 00, children 6-10 $3.00 and under five free. Gates open Friday and Saturday 9 am- midnight. Sunday 8am-5pm. www.fergusfallfair.ca or 519-856-9621.

Wainfleet Fall Fair - Sept. 18-20
A parade through this tiny village takes place on Thursday evening. Some events include a cattle show, horse pulling competition, pumpkin carving competition and a Wainfleet Idol Contest. Adult admission: $5.00, students $2.00. The fair runs Friday and Saturday from 10 am-4pm. Saturday evening, there is a Demolition Derby at 6pm. There is an additional $5.00 to see this event. www.wainfleetfair.ca. or 905-386-6516.

Caledonia Fall Fair - Sept. 25-28
One of my favourites, the 1.5 hour drive from Niagara is scenic at this time of the year. The midway features quality Conklin Shows. You will be entertained by Clarol the Clown, the one-man band, Bandaloni (he's amazing) and other bands like the Steel City Rovers and the Top Secret Blue Grass band and traditional livestock shows and displays of fruits and vegetables. Something different this year is classic championship wrestling. There's demolition derby on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Hours of operation are: Thursday 4pm-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-10 pm and Sunday 11 am-6 pm. Prices vary from $7.00 to $9.00 for an adult. www.caledoniafair.ca or 905-765-6861

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George Bailey

Award winning vegetables are always a feature at Fall fairs

Horses are a big part of any fall Fair

Midways are always popular at Fall Fairs

more horses

The one man band Bandolini entertains at many Fall Fairs in Ontario

George Bailey contributes to Sun Media's 43 paid-circulation newspapers across Canada as well as numerous magazines. George has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, Canada AM, The Discovery Channel, and Live with Regis and Cathy Lee. He has published five books on Niagara Falls.

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