Oh, those wonderful excitement-filled carnivals of our youth, where clouds of pink candy floss stick to our fingers and the showmen beckon us to win the "doggee-doggee"! Where the carousels spin round and round, lights flash and the music plays on. Of course, you'll find all of this at the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show in Simcoe, Ontario.
But if you've ever been to Ontario's oldest agricultural fair, you also know why it deserves to be ranked the fifth largest event of its kind in the province competing with the Canadian National Exhibition, The Royal Winter Fair, and "city" fairs in London and Ottawa and one of the Top 50 Festivals and Events in the Province!
Listen carefully and you might hear the bleat of baby lamb, all part of the menagerie of livestock that tweak the curiosity of urban dwellers and undergo the scrutiny of those who know a champion when they see one. Listen carefully too for the sound of jingle bells. Wait a minute and a majestic team of horses will appear, outfitted in finery fit for a king! Add light harness racing, open western horse show, antique buggy classes, pony classes and jumpers to the mix you've got the largest outdoor horse show in Canada!
Celebrating the fair's agriculture roots, over 10,000 entries compete in grain crops, fruits, vegetables, floral arrangements, culinary arts, handmade quilts, and crafts. Produce growers compete for the coveted show ribbons and claim bragging rights to pumpkins weighing upwards of 1000 pounds!
Our grandstand features some extraordinary Canadian talent along with perennial fair favourites such as demolition derbies, monster truck shows, tractor pulls and more. Our educational programs attract students from near and far as they learn more about our food chain. All attractions and shows are included in admission to the fair.
Young Canada Day on Opening Day, is a student celebration as all Norfolk Schools attend the Fair and compete in our grandstand for tug-of-war championships, road races and cheerleading. The coveted "spirit" award encourages each school to cheer loudly and boldly decorate their team "benches" in the grandstand making for a spectucular, colourful display of school spirit.
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