OAAS News – Porquis Stampede and Rodeo 

~ August 23rd to 25th, 2024  


The Porquis Stampede and Rodeo is set to deliver a thrilling and unforgettable experience from August 23 to 25, 2024. This three-day event promises an action-packed weekend filled with activities for the entire family.

Kicking off the festivities on Friday night is the much-anticipated Kid’s Rodeo. Young cowboys and cowgirls will have the chance to showcase their budding rodeo skills in a fun and supportive environment. The excitement doesn’t stop there, as the weekend features two professional sanctioned rodeo performances. These high-energy shows will spotlight some of the best rodeo talents, from bull riding to barrel racing, ensuring heart-pounding entertainment for all attendees.

Welcome to the Porquis Stampede and Rodeo

In addition to the adrenaline-filled rodeo events, the Porquis Stampede and Rodeo also features a rodeo pageant. Contestants will demonstrate their poise, horsemanship, and rodeo knowledge as they vie for the coveted title, adding a touch of glamour and tradition to the event.

Mornings at the Porquis Stampede and Rodeo start with a hearty farmer’s breakfast, offering a delicious array of hot foods to fuel guests for the day’s activities. Throughout the day and into the evening, live entertainment will keep the atmosphere lively and engaging. Musicians and performers will take the stage, providing a diverse lineup of acts to enjoy between rodeo events.

Fair grounds

Food and drinks are plentiful at the Porquis Stampede and Rodeo. A variety of hot food options will be available, ensuring that guests can savor a range of tasty treats while enjoying the festivities. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic burger, a refreshing drink, or a unique local delicacy, there’s something to satisfy every craving.

The Porquis Stampede and Rodeo is more than just a series of events; it’s a community celebration that brings people together to enjoy the best of rodeo culture and local entertainment. With its wide range of activities and attractions, this year’s stampede is set to be an unforgettable weekend for all who attend.

Riding high at the Porquis Stampede and Rodeo

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!

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