Orangeville Fall Fair returns this weekend after two years of cancellations

September 1, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

After a two-year hiatus, the Orangeville Fall Fair is returning with a full slate of events over three days.

The always popular Truck and Tractor Pull and Demolition Derby are among the many events that will be taking over the Orangeville Fairgrounds from Sept. 2 to 4.

The Midway opens Friday (Sept. 2) and will be operating all weekend, with a focus on entertainment for kids.

Patti Dickins, member of the Orangeville Fall Fair board of directors and organizer, told the Citizen anticipation is growing among exhibitors, vendors, home crafters and regular attendees for the return of the fair for the first time since 2019.

“They’re all excited to have the fair back,” said Dickins.

She noted that the number of people attending should be high this weekend, as people in the community who usually attend are eager to get back out after the break due to the pandemic.

“We are hoping for a great turnout because people have been stuck in their houses for a long time now and want to get out and see the community, meet people, and just be out,” said Dickins. “It’s a perfect family outing.”

The petting zoo is a popular attraction for kids and their families, she noted.

Other features of this year’s fair include interactive educational agricultural displays, a youth bike draw, 50/50 draw, homecraft exhibits, craft market vendors, food vendors, and a beer tent.

Schedule of events

The fall fair festivities kick off at 3 p.m. on Friday with a 4-H Beef Club Show, followed by a Dufferin Wellington Holstein Show at 6 p.m. and the Truck and Tractor Pull at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday begins with the Kiddie Tractor Pull, MacMaster Classic Car Show and Vintage Snowmobile Snow and Swap commencing at 10 a.m. Petunia the Clown will start her balloon twisting at 12 p.m. and from that time until 5 p.m. free face painting is available. The Kiddie Tractor Pull kicks off at 1 p.m. and Art of 8 Martial Arts Demo commences at 1:30 p.m. A Dog Show starts at 3 p.m. and Elvis impersonator, Spencer Bristow will be at the fair from 3 to 6 p.m. The final scheduled event on Saturday is the Lawn Tractor Pull at 6 p.m.

Sunday kicks off with a Miniature Horse Show at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Westminster Church Service at 10:30 a.m., Petunia the Clown balloon twisting at 12 p.m., and free face painting again from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Kiddie Tractor Pull returns at 1 p.m., Art of 8 Martial Arts Demo is back at 1:30 p.m., and the band Dufferin County Line will take over the mainstage at the fair for 3 p.m. The Demolition Derby is the final event and starts at 6 p.m.

The fair closes to the public at 11 p.m. each night.

Dickins said the Orangeville Fall Fair has a special place in her heart, having attended from the time she was a child until now.

“It just means a lot to me,” she said. “I hope the families love to come out and get together for a good time.”

Dickins said the fall fair is made possible through the many people, organizations, and businesses that support it.

“We couldn’t put on a fall fair without our sponsors and partnerships,” she stressed. “I’d also like to give a big time thank you to our volunteers, this wouldn’t happen without them too. We really appreciate all they do for us.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for kids 6-12 and those under 6 get in free.

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