164th Orangeville Fall Fair set to go down this Labour Day weekend

August 30, 2018   ·   0 Comments

THE 163RD ANNUAL ORANGEVILLE FAIR is all set to rip through town this Labour Day weekend. Organizers are promising there will be something for everyone at what is one of Ontario’s oldest running events.

By Jasen Obermeyer

The end of summer is a time most people don’t look forward to, as it signals the end of warm, sunny days, and the transition to cool weather. However, there is one thing to look forward to with the change of season – the Fall Fair.

With a history dating from a decade before Orangeville’s incorporation as a village in 1864, the Orangeville Fair, has entertained countless numbers of Canadians near and far for 164 years.

Hosted by the Orangeville Agricultural Society (OAS), the annual fair has a rich history of providing entertainment to all who attend, being one of Ontario’s longest-running annual events. “We have good attendance every year,” said Gisele Arseneau, a member of OAS. “It’s for Orangeville.”

Beginning tomorrow (Friday, August 31st), and going through Sept. 1 and 2, and with the weather hopefully co-operating, the fair will look to continue providing something for everyone, both regulars and newcomers.

Popular events include the tractor pull and demolition derby, along with numerous educational activities designed to teach people about the importance of agriculture to everyday life, along with live entertainment, livestock shows, tractor garden race, and many more exhibits.

The site on Mono’s 5 Sideroad, just north of town, is host to multiple events annually, chief among them the fair. As the town has grown, expanded, and evolved, so has the fair, back from its days at the old fairgrounds where Walmart and Canadian Tire now stand.

“We have a beer tent open all weekend, old school band live music all weekend. We have a classic car show on Saturday. We have a petting zoo, a pony ride,” were just some of the events Ms. Arseneau described. One new event this year is the Far Shot Axe Throwing & Archery Foam Target Display.

She explained that the fair is hugely important for the society, as it shows the community not only what they do, but it is also a great way to show off the everyday life in the agricultural industry. “This new generation coming up needs to learn how to feed themselves,” she said.

Ms. Arseneau noted that the event is a great family, social outing. “It’s really important about getting your family out here, and getting the kids to realize the heritage of the Agricultural Society.”

She added that many of the livestock shows and exhibits are wrapped around agriculture, and provide both entertainment and learning for those of all ages. “It just teaches them all about that. It’s a huge agricultural community, but we have got a lot of new people coming into the community and it’s really great to show them the roots of this area.”

Ms. Arseneau concluded with, “See you at the fair,” and hopes to see many people show up and enjoy the fair.

For more information regarding tickets, contact the Orangeville Agricultural Society office at 519-942-9597. To see the full schedule, and for more information on the society, visit

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