The Rockton's World Fair (this is its 163rd year) greets well over 60,000 patrons who pass through its gates. The hamlet of Rockton is in the community of Flamborough which is part of Hamilton. The fair runs from Friday, October 9th and continues until Thanksgiving Monday, October 12th.
A daily pass for adults is $13.00, 6-15 years $5.00 and under five free. The gates open at 9 a.m. closing at 10.30 p.m., Sunday until 8:30 p.m. and on Monday until 5 p.m. There are no additional fees with the exception of midway tickets. There's plenty of free parking.
It's an unpretentious fair with lots of old fashion fun. My wife Ellen and I were entertained just by walking around. There's a terrific midway and plenty of things happening for all family members to enjoy like horses, cows, sheep, goats, alpaca and poultry. Kids will love it.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Ontario. One unique exhibit was about pigeons. The display acknowledges the role pigeons played in carrying secret messages over enemy lines during World War 1.
Today, there's a miniature horseshow at 5:30 p.m. A Demolition Derby takes place tonight and Sunday evening. These shows attract about 6,000 spectators each evening. Saturday happenings also include a live band playing music of the rocking 60's. Look for a Giant Pumpkin Championship Contest and Pie Eating Contest. The young ones will recognize Markus from Treehouse TV performing on stage.
On Sunday, there is a Western Horse Show and in the afternoon live music of the 50's and 60's.
On Thanksgiving, look for a Children's Scavenger Hunt in the afternoon and The Yodeling Cowgirl, Naomi Bristow will also be there. Rockton's own Idol Search begins at 1p.m.
Don Pede, General Manager of the fair beamed with pride when he told me, "This is one of the top four fairs in Ontario and this year one of the things we're featuring are several magnificent six-heavy-horse teams pulling large wagons. We even have one rare breed of black Clydesdales with white patches that are coming all the way from Oklahoma. A special hitch team will be on display for the public to see first-hand how the large horses are dressed for competition."
After we left the fair we knew we had stumbled upon a good thing when we entered the CookHouse Bistro for lunch in the tiny village of Rockton. It is a small place with only twelve tables of four but it is charming. The food and service was excellent. The atmosphere is bright and cheery. One patron who saw me taking notes said, "Now don't you write about my secret little hideaway." Reservations are recommended on the weekend.
Nearby, Westfield Heritage Village is only a 3-kilometre drive away and one of our favourite places to visit. This village contains a collection of 39 historic 18th and 19th century buildings moved here from all over southern Ontario. They are nestled in a 161 hectare (324 acre) forest of trees. Costumed volunteer interpreters bring the charm and spirit of early Canadian culture to life. You will also find an 1896 Train Station moved from Jerseyville where a rare T.H. & B Steam locomotive sits on tracks beside the station. The village was started in 1964 by two high school teachers.
RMR: Rick at the Rockton World's Fair
Rockton World's Fair 2014
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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.