Mini Horses and Country Fall Fairs. What’s not to love?

Country fall fairs are in full swing and what better place to indulge a deep-fried guilty pleasure and see many horses – sometimes. Farm animals definitely, but some fairs have more room for horse events than others.

The second weekend of October – Canadian Thanksgiving – hosts two big ones in Southern Ontario: Norfolk County Fair in Simcoe and the Rockton World’s Fair near Hamilton. (Both horsetrotting have covered – check out Rockton and Norfolk).

However, before the leaves started changing in November, the small 2018 Dunville Fall Fair opened the season September 14 to 16th. No jumping or barrel racing there, but there were many minis. And who doesn’t love a little horse? The under the heat of the sun, the judging was intensive.

If you’re wondering how mini horse competitions are judged, check out Miniature Horses Demystified.

Enjoy the photos. Horses many beautiful elegant models and little minis add a hardy dose of ‘awe.’ Nearby Caledonia held its Caledonia Fall Fair last weekend (see SuperDog photos on

What Ontario fall fairs are still to come? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Rockton World’s Fair (Rockton Agricultural Society), October 5 to 8, 2018. 812 Old Hwy 8, Rockton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show (Norfolk County Agricultural Society), October 2 to 8, 2018. 172 South Drive, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.
  • Walkerton Little Royal (Walkerton Agricultural Society), October 12 to 14, 2018. 206 Durham St. W., Walkerton, Ontario, Canada.

If you’re planning your travel calendar next year, check out the most popular Country Fairs in the United States:

San Diego Country Fair in San Diego, California is the largest in the USA and runs the entire month of June.

The Erie County Fair in Hamburg, New York, claims status as the largest in the country outside of California and runs August 7 to 18, 2019.

York County Fair is the oldest in American dating back to 1765. This annual September event is held the first Friday after Labour Day in York, Pennsylvanian.

Finally, YES will be at The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair in Toronto, Ontario. It’s an annual tradition – check out last year’s fun here – that we wouldn’t miss. The 96th annual Royal runs November 2 to 11, 2018.


  1. […] This Canadian Thanksgiving weekend marks the 130th year of the popular Rockton World’s Fair running October 12 to 14, 2019. Check out our adventures first meeting Pavlo Pottery on our way to the fair in 2017 and my dog Victor’s first cow poop encounter here. Love horses? Got that covered on too. […]


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