OAAS News – Navan Fair

~ August 8th to 11th, 2024  

Planning is underway for the 2024 Navan Fair!! 2024 CTAS Memberships are available at the fair office.

Get ready for a delectable delight at the Nava Fair, scheduled from August 8th to 11th, 2024. This year, the theme “Sweetest Things in Life” promises an unforgettable experience celebrating life’s most indulgent pleasures. From tantalizing treats to captivating entertainment, the Nava Fair is a celebration of all things delightful.

Indulge your senses with a wide array of sweet delicacies, ranging from traditional confections to innovative desserts crafted by talented pastry chefs. Savor the richness of artisan chocolates, delight in the fluffiness of freshly baked pastries, and treat yourself to a variety of sugary delights that will satisfy every craving.

Welcome to the Navan Fair

But the Nava Fair is more than just a feast for the taste buds. It’s a carnival of entertainment and excitement for the whole family. Enjoy thrilling rides that will make your heart race and games that will challenge your skills. Explore the vibrant marketplace, where local artisans and vendors showcase their finest creations, from handmade crafts to unique gifts.

Throughout the Navan Fair grounds, live music fills the air with melodies that uplift the spirit and set the perfect backdrop for creating lasting memories with loved ones. And don’t miss the special performances and shows, featuring talented artists and performers who will dazzle audiences with their skills and creativity.

Midway fun

For the little ones, there are plenty of activities to keep them entertained, including face painting, storytelling sessions, and interactive workshops where they can unleash their creativity and imagination.

Whether you’re a food enthusiast, thrill-seeker, or simply looking for a fun-filled day out with family and friends, the Nava Fair offers something for everyone. So, mark your calendars and join us for a celebration of life’s sweetest things at the Nava Fair, where joy and indulgence await around every corner.

Night at the Navan Fair

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 Navan Fair