OAAS News – Campbellford Fair

~ August 9th to 11th, 2024  

Embrace Rural Tradition: The 2024 Campbellford Fair

Nestled in the picturesque town of Campbellford, Ontario, the Campbellford Fair is gearing up to delight visitors from August 9th to August 11th, 2024. Steeped in history and rural charm, this annual event promises a weekend of family-friendly entertainment, agricultural showcases, and community spirit.

A Celebration of Agriculture

At the heart of the Campbellford Fair lies its celebration of agriculture. From prize-winning livestock to vibrant displays of locally grown produce, the fairgrounds come alive with the sights and sounds of rural life. Attendees can stroll through barns filled with beautifully groomed animals, witness the skill of competitive livestock judging, and learn about the importance of farming and sustainability through interactive exhibits and demonstrations.

Sitting high at the Campbellford Fair

Fun for All Ages

Beyond agriculture, the Campbellford Fair offers a wide range of entertainment options for visitors of all ages. Thrilling midway rides and games provide excitement and adrenaline rushes for thrill-seekers, while live music and performances showcase local talent and keep the atmosphere lively throughout the weekend. Families can enjoy interactive activities, petting zoos, and children’s entertainment, ensuring there’s never a dull moment.

Culinary Delights

No fair experience would be complete without indulging in some delicious treats, and the Campbellford Fair delivers on this front as well. Food vendors line the pathways, offering a mouthwatering array of options ranging from classic fair favorites like cotton candy and funnel cakes to savory delights such as barbecue ribs and corn on the cob. Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Proud competitors

Community Connection

Above all, the Campbellford Fair is a celebration of community spirit and togetherness. It’s a time for neighbors to come together, reconnect, and forge new friendships. Whether it’s catching up with old acquaintances, participating in friendly competitions, or simply enjoying the company of loved ones, the fair fosters a sense of belonging that is cherished by all who attend.

Looking Ahead

As the 2024 Campbellford Fair approaches, anticipation is building among residents and visitors alike. It’s a time to honor traditions, make memories, and celebrate the unique charm of rural life. So, mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready to experience the magic of the Campbellford Fair!

Campbellford Fair at night

History of Agricultural Fairs

Fairs are almost as old as recorded history. There were two types of ancient fairs: trade shows and festivals. From the biblical “Fairs of Tyre” to Sturbridge Fair in medieval England, fairs were used as market places and carnivals. In the 1700’s the British crossed the agricultural improvement society with the traditional trade fair/carnival and agricultural fairs were born.

These agricultural fairs were transplanted to the colonies by the earliest British settlers. The concept of fairs soon flourished in agrarian North America. In Canada, the first agricultural society was formed in 1765 in Nova Scotia. Ontario followed suit in 1792 with the Agricultural Society of Upper Canada based at Niagara on the Lake. From the Ontario strongholds, the concept of agricultural fairs spread west with the first settlers.

After a few false starts, the system of agricultural societies and their fairs spread all over Ontario in the 1800’s. They were organized by county and township and at one time numbered over 500 in Ontario alone. While agricultural societies used many methods (of varying success) to improve agriculture and the rural lifestyle, they’re most enduring and endearing legacy was the agricultural fair. Industrial exhibitions and festivals came and went, but the fairs just carried on. Fairs soon became an ingrained part of Ontario’s (and indeed Canada’s) culture. They still are, in our society.

Ontario Fairs have changed since their inception, but they still carry on their mandate of promoting agriculture and the rural lifestyle.

Want to see modern tradition meet the modern world? Attend a fair!

Click HERE to visit the Campbellford Fair