OAAS News – Shannonville World’s Fair

~ August 23rd to 25th, 2024  

The Shannonville World’s Fair, taking place from August 23rd to 25th, 2024, is set to be a weekend of excitement, entertainment, and community celebration. This year’s fair promises a wide range of events and activities that cater to all ages, making it an unmissable occasion for families and individuals alike.

One of the standout events at the Shannonville World’s Fair is the Tractor Pull. This thrilling competition will showcase the power and precision of impressive tractors as they pull heavy loads, captivating audiences with their strength and endurance. For those interested in agriculture and machinery, the 4-H Beef Show is another must-see event. It will highlight the finest cattle, with young exhibitors demonstrating their skills in handling and presenting their animals.

Welcome to the Shannonville World's Fair

Art lovers and shoppers will find joy in Artisan Alley, a bustling section of the fair featuring local artisans and their handmade creations. From unique jewelry and crafts to beautiful artworks, there’s something to pique everyone’s interest and offer a chance to take home a special memento from the Shannonville World’s Fair.

Children will have a blast in the Children’s Fun Park, an area dedicated to youthful exuberance and creativity. This park will be filled with engaging activities, including interactive games, rides, and crafts, ensuring endless fun for the little ones. The Zucchini Races, a quirky and entertaining event, will see children and adults alike racing their creatively decorated zucchinis down a track, bringing laughter and friendly competition to the Shannonville World’s Fair.

Horse Pull

For equestrian enthusiasts, the Horse Barrel Races will be a thrilling spectacle. Riders will navigate their horses through a cloverleaf pattern around barrels at high speeds, showcasing agility and horsemanship in this fast-paced event.

The Shannonville World’s Fair also features a Beer Tent, where adults can relax and enjoy a variety of beverages while listening to live music and socializing. One of the more unique attractions is the Foam Party, where attendees can dance and play in a field filled with foam, adding an element of playful fun to the festivities.

With its diverse range of activities and events, the Shannonville World’s Fair offers something for everyone. From the excitement of the Tractor Pull to the creativity of Artisan Alley, the fair embodies the spirit of community and celebration, making it an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

Demolition Derby at the Shannonville World's 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 Shannonville World’s Fair

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