OAAS News – Riceville Fair

~ August 23rd to 25th, 2024  

The Riceville Fair, scheduled for August 23-25, 2024, promises to be an exciting event for all ages, blending the charm of a traditional fair with a vibrant array of modern attractions. Set against the backdrop of the picturesque countryside, this year’s fair will offer an array of activities and entertainment that cater to the whole family.

One of the highlights of the Riceville Fair is its live music lineup. Each day will feature performances by talented local bands, covering a variety of genres to keep the atmosphere lively and engaging. Whether you enjoy country tunes, rock, or pop, there’s something to get everyone tapping their feet and singing along.

Fun at the Riceville Fair

For adults looking to unwind, the beer garden will be a popular spot. With a selection of local brews and classic favorites, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Riceville Fair’s festivities. The beer garden will also feature live entertainment, providing a laid-back ambiance for socializing and enjoying the summer weather.

Children will be delighted by the Kid’s Area, designed with younger fairgoers in mind. It will feature a range of fun and interactive activities, including carnival games, crafts, and a playground. The petting zoo will be another major attraction, offering kids a hands-on experience with friendly farm animals, from fluffy rabbits to curious goats.

Cattle Show

Animal enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Riceville Fair Horse and Jersey Cow Shows. These events will showcase the beauty and talent of these magnificent animals, with competitions highlighting their skills and agility. Spectators can learn more about the care and training of horses and cows, gaining a deeper appreciation for these animals.

In addition to these main attractions, the Riceville Fair will offer a variety of food vendors, arts and crafts stalls, and traditional fair games. With its blend of music, activities, and agricultural displays, the Riceville Fair is set to be a memorable experience for visitors of all ages, celebrating the community’s rich heritage and vibrant spirit.

Tractors at the Riceville 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 Riceville Fair