Best Fall Fairs In The Toronto Area
Do not let the changing leaves and school bus traffic get you down, the start of September signals something that only comes but once a year. It is finally Fair Season. All over Ontario, fairs are popping up, heating up the deep fryers and displaying the prizes in anticipation for folks from far and wide to come share in the annual autumn affair. No two fairs are the same that’s why we have gone through and chosen are top fairs just outside the Toronto Area.
Orangeville is a short drive outside of Toronto and well worth the trip. The downtown core is full of historic buildings and quaint little shops but the big draw at the beginning of every September is the Orangeville Fair. Held every year at the Orangeville fairgrounds, the fair is put on from September 1st to 3rd and this year’s theme is “Bushels of Fun”.
There are plenty of rides for all ages and the midway is full of games with all kinds of prizes for the kids making it a fantastic way to spend your Labour Day with the family. If rides and games aren’t enough there are competitions for the best jams, jellies, produce and crafts! If your looking for a thrill, the Demolition Derby starts at 6 pm on Saturday!
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The Lindsay Fair or the Lindsay Exhibition (LEX) as it is officially named is a massive fair that takes place every September a few weeks after school starts back in again. This year the fair begins Wednesday, September 20th and ends on the 24th. The Lindsay Ex is very agriculturally focused since Lindsay is a farming town. Prizes for the largest produce are handed out every year and wagon rides are offered for the kids.
Large machinery goes hand in hand with farming and the Lindsay Ex offers a very special treat. In addition the demolition derby like in Orangeville, there are also truck, tractor and horse pulls where competitors use their trucks, tractors and horses to pull increasingly heavy weights. If you have never seen it, pulls are certainly a sight to see!
Lindsay is about 1.5 – 2 hours outside of Toronto but you won’t regret the drive after witnessing all of the amazing things the LEX has to offer.
Western Fair – London
This 10 day fair in London Ontario is unlike any other fair you have seen before. Not only is it larger than most other fairs in Ontario it also features acts you cannot see at any other fair. This year’s acts include The Sheepdogs, Cam and Madeline Merlo.
For the thrill seekers, there’s a Rodeo, a high dive show where performers dive from 25 feet into 3 meters of water and a freestyle motocross show! Tickets range from free to 40 dollars for the concerts and entertainment.
The Western fair offers all of these amazing shows in addition to an out of this world midway filled with tons of games and thousands of prizes to be won. The rides at The Western Fair are so elaborate and wild they would be more at home in Wonderland than the country fair.
If you’re looking for a great way to spend time with friends and family while squeezing in the last little bit of good weather, a fall fair is your answer.
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