Southern Ontario Fall Fairs … with Horses. Gotta have horses.

Oops, I did it again – I saw another presentation of the Canadian RCMP Musical Ride. This time at the Paris, Ontario Fall Fair on September 1 to 5, 2016.

The show was included with the price of admission to the fair, so no warm-up act was necessary. It was outside, in a bigger area, with bleacher seating elevating the view as beautiful Hanoverian horse hooves kicked up the dry reddish ground.

Being there reminded me two things:

  1. I really love watching the RCMP Musical Ride even though it’s the same show each time.
  2. I really enjoy rural fall fairs even though they are essentially the same experience each time.

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Fall Fairs intended to celebrate the bounty of harvest (even though the food consumed is deep-fried from a truck rather than fresh from the ground), and there are many across the continent.

Most follow the same format: a midway of crazy often over-priced rides, much guilty pleasure unhealthy fried food, barns of competitions for the best cookies, quilting, knitting, wheat … you name it along with competitions for the biggest vegetables grown – one tone or more pumpkins being the most popular.

minature-pony-and-kidFarmers parade livestock in rings during  judging competitions; vendors sell us trinkets we wouldn’t normally buy, and entertainment ranges from dog shows, pet competitions, reptiles in cages, and acrobats dangling from ribbons.

And sometimes there are horses.

If you’ve been to one, you’ve been to most but don’t stop at one. It’s just too folksy not to indulge in deep-fried weirdness at least twice or more this fall.

Here’s the list of Rural Fall Fairs if you’re in the Southern Ontario area. Some have horse shows. Agricultural fall fairs with horse are of course the best.

I couldn’t possibly list them all, so I’ve focused only on those around me in Southern Ontario. (Watch for upcoming cover of the Fergus Fall Fair, specifically the Canadian Cowgirls Rodeo Drill).

Southern Ontario, Canada Fall Fairs

(Note: the RCMP Musical Ride will be in Ancaster. So will I).


September 9-18 (two weekends)

Wester Fair, London Fair Grounds

900 King Street, London, Ontario

Horse Shows: Western Horse Show; Western Reining; Clydesdale Hitch and Pull


September 16-18, 2016

Beverton Fall Fair

176 Main Street West, Beverton, Ontario

Horse Shows: Western barrel racing, and Western games

Bracebridge Fall Fair and Horse Show

Canadian Cowgirls

The Canadian Cowgirls

JD Lang Complex, 331 Frasenburg Rd, Bracebridge, Ontario

Horse shows: horse fun and games, heavy horse and draft pulls, equestrian jumping

Fergus Fall Fair, Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex

550 Belyde Ave E., Fergus, Ontario

Horse Shows Canadian Cowgirls Drill Team, Welsh Pony and Dog Challenge, Heavy Horse Show


September 22-25, 2016


Canadian RCMP Musical Ride

Ancaster Fall Fair, Fair Grounds

630 Trinity Road, Ancaster

Horse Shows: RCMP Musical Ride September 24 and 25.


September 23- 25, 2016

Roseneath Fair, Fair Grounds

9109 County Road 45, Roseneath, Ontario


Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo

Horse shows: no


September 29 to October 2, 2016

Caledonia Fair, Fairgrounds

151 Caithness Street E, Caledonia, Ontario

Horse Show: no


October 4 – 10, 2016

Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show


Poultry at Paris Fair

172 South Drive, Simcoe, Ontario

Horse Show: Equestrian Jumping


October 7, 8, 9, and 10, 2016

Erin Fall Fair, Fair Grounds

190 Main Street, Erin Ontario

Horse Shows: Equestrian Jumping


Equestrian Jumping at Rockton

Rockton World’s Fair, Fair Grounds

812 Old Highway 8, Rockton, Ontario

Horse Shows: Western Performance, Western Show Games, Junior Gymkhana, Children’s Pony/hunter, Equestrian Hunter/Jumper Jumping, miniature horse judging, Heavy Horse hitch and line competitions, Light Horse and Sport Pony cart judging.

Is there an Agriculture Fall Fair near you? Let us know in the comments below:


One comment

  1. […] The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show, run by the Norfolk County Agricultural Society since 1840 (when it was the Talbot District Agricultural Society), is one of many fall country fairs in the Southern Ontario region. […]


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