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Western Fair District's New Accessibility Prog

July 20th 2011

London, Ontario ... The Western Fair District today announced its Community Access Program (C.A.P.) for persons with disabilities who wish to enjoy the facilities of London and region’s entertainment district including the annual Western Fair.

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Ian Fleming Joins OSAS

June 21st 2011

The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society is pleased to announce the addition of Ian Fleming to its board of directors.

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How Western Fair's Changes Affect Racing

June 17th 2011

For Immediate Release . . . June 17, 2011

How Western Fair's Changes Affect Racing

LONDON, Ontario . . . Yesterday officials at Western Fair Association announced an ambitious long term strategic plan that will see $30 million spent on improvements to the facility including the historic half-mile racetrack.

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Western Fair unveils new name and new future

June 16th 2011

The Western Fair District was unveiled at a special celebration this evening for members and community stakeholders. The rebranding was introduced within the context of the new strategic directions that will be implemented over the coming months and years.

Over the past 144 years the Western Fair Association has evolved from its original incarnation as the host of an agricultural exhibition into an entertainment complex that offers the traditional "fall fair", trade and consumer shows, a sports centre, a racetrack and gaming (slots). The future vision of the association incorporates all of these activities within one district that will complement the revitalization of London by serving as an east-end entertainment anchor to London's core.

News release

Backgrounder

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Poultry Industry Conference and Exhibition

April 14th 2011

Thousands of poultry farmers, industry partners and suppliers flock to this event, now in its 55th year.

The two-day show is a blend of trade show and professional development featuring networking opportunities, a wide array of products & services, guest presentations and informative seminars. With 57,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 170 booths to visit, the Poultry Industry Conference & Exhibition is recognized as a must-do event for anyone associated with this important agri-business.

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London Golf & Travel Show presents Sandra Post

February 11th 2011

A number of fresh, new, and favourite, elements are back at this year's event, February 19 & 20, including a manufacturer's driving range, hole-in-one challenge, virtual golf and Kids Zone demonstrations.

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Celebrity Chef Corbin, Wine Ladies, Michael Pinkus

January 4th 2011

London, ON - Western Fair Association: with presenting sponsor, White Oaks Mall, encourage you to ‘Discover your perfect pairing’ at the 6th annual London Wine & Food Show, January 14, 15 and 16, 2011.
 
This year’s show features Celebrity Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, best known from the Food Network’s Dinner Party Wars. Chef Corbin will present two sessions on Sunday: 1 and 3 p.m.
 
The show introduces a new element this year. Schott Zwiesel – Fortessa Canada and Michael Pinkus (the Grape Guy) of OntarioWineReview.com hosts a one-time, limited seating wine tasting on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. For $30, attendees are led through a wine tasting that emphasizes the benefits of using glassware that is specially designed to enhance the qualities of wine. The cost includes four wine samples, four Tritan Crystal® glasses and admission to the Wine & Food Show – a $75 value for $30. 
 
Friday night is Girls’ Night Out. Sponsored by Colio Wines, the evening will feature special prizes, promotions and entertainment geared to women. (Men are welcome too!) The evening will include the big personalities and fun of the Wine Ladies: the entrepreneur sister team of Georgia and Susanne who are national radio hosts, TV personalities, columnists and purveyors of fine wines and lifestyle products.
 
The Wine & Food Show also offers hundreds of samples of the finest cuisine, cheeses, desserts and wines, spirits and beers. Plus, there are tasting seminars, cooking demonstrations and a wide variety of informative exhibits including restaurants, wineries and caterers. A full list of seminars, exhibitors and promotions can be found at westernfair.com.
 
The show is at the Western Fair Progress Building: 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 online at westernfair.com or $12 at door. Sampling tickets are $1 each. The event is for those 19 years of age and older. Children and infants are not permitted.

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The 135th Western Fair was again a success on many

September 21st 2010

Throughout the ten-day Fair the Agriplex was full of activity, including an interactive children’s area, baby animals being born, heavy horse hitch and pull, as well as a sold-out school tour program with over 1400 students registered. New this year was the successful creation of the Panorama Pavilion which involved several local cultural communities coming together to provide a unique look into their way of life. The Western Fair Farmers Market was exposed to thousands of new visitors that enjoyed gourmet hotdogs, apple dumplings, fresh coffee, butter tarts, local fresh produce, cultural cuisine and much more. The fall classic also celebrated 50 years of live harness racing with a successful three-day showcase, and honoured the 30th Anniversary of Youth Talent with a booming anniversary concert that rocked the London City Music Theatre.

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Eight Horse Hitch Highlight of Tonight’s Races

September 14th 2010

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 14, 2010: One of the highlights of today’s Western Fair attractions will be another first. Western Fair and London’s St. Clair Mechanical are proud to present the magnificent Shanahan Belgian Eight Horse Hitch to race fans! Prior to the 6:30 p.m. post-time, the team will be driven around the track in a display of impressive showmanship.

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Encouraging Start For Fair Racing In London

September 13th 2010

LONDON, Ontario . . . For the first time in almost 50 years harness racing was conducted today during the annual Western Fair in a mini three day meet designed to introduce fair patrons to the sport. “Today’s card went really well,” said Raceway Manager Ian Fleming. “The handle will be what we expected but that’s not what this was about, it was trying to get people from the fair to wonder over to check out the racing and that’s what happened.”

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Racing Back To The Fair

September 3rd 2010

Western Fair Raceway will present three special cards of racing during the annual Western Fair in order to introduce those on hand for the very popular annual fair to harness racing. “We’re excited about this opportunity to expose a lot of new people to racing,” explained Ian Fleming, Racing Manager. “We don’t expect high wagering but it’s a great way to introduce newcomers to the sport.” Frank Salive will announce the three race cards on September 13, 14 and 15 and will conduct interviews in the stands between races. Western Fair also plans to have additional staff on hand to assist people in understanding the program, placing bets, etc.

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New parade route honours Veterans!

September 2nd 2010

Saturday, September 11th the WESTERN FAIR WARRIORS’ DAY PARADE will enjoy a new route and provide our community with a reminder and ‘reason to remember’.

Spectators can show their support for military veterans and those serving today, during the 59th Anniversary of the parade. Grab your spot along the new route - with even more spectator space available! The Warriors Day Parade marches off at 11:20a.m from H.B. Beal Secondary School and proceeds north along William Street to Dundas Street, where the parade will then proceed east through the Old East Village - Dundas corridor, all the way to Ontario Street where it will turn right and up into the fairgrounds around 11:45 a.m. Official ceremonies will take place in the grandstand.

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Western Fair on track with the return of an old tr

September 1st 2010

Not since 1960 has live harness racing been available to the public during the annual Western Fair. That’s about to change as we bring back yesteryear and the nostalgia of the sport to the 135th edition of the annual fall classic in honour of the Raceway’s 50th anniversary.

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The 2010 Western Fair is bullfrogpowered®&mdas

August 31st 2010

The 135th Western Fair, which runs from September 10 to 19, 2010, is just days away and—for the second year in a row—event organizers have signed on for Bullfrog Power to help them provide a cleaner, greener event for customers. The 10-day fair is the premier family attraction in Southwestern Ontario and is consistently recognized as one of Ontario’s top 100 events. This year, over 200,000 visitors are expected to pass through the gates to experience the sights, sounds and scents of the Western Fair.

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Cultural community embraces the Fair

August 30th 2010

The annual Western Fair is just 11-days away and a new cultural showcase -Panorama Pavilion- is packed and ready to engage fairgoers with ten-days of cultural discovery, thanks to tremendous support from local ethic groups.

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Western Fair Announces Addition to 2010 Grandstand

August 6th 2010

The Charlie Daniels Band will appear on the opening Sunday, September 12. The Grammy-award winner and dyed-in-the-wool Southerner is best known for the classic “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. The Charlie Daniels Band joins an impressive list of grandstand acts at this year’s Fair.

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Western Fair reinstates free admission for special

August 4th 2010

“I want to thank the special needs community for sharing with me their concerns over our 2010 fair admissions plans. As a result of that feedback, we are returning to our past gate admission practice for individuals with special needs for the 2010 Fair,” says Hugh Mitchell, CEO, Western Fair Association.

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WESTERN FAIR ANNOUNCES 2010 PIZZA PIZZA GRANDSTAND

July 22nd 2010

Western Fair is pleased to announce our 2010 Grandstand line-up. Starting July 26, concert tickets will be available to the public and it’s as easy as one, 
two, three, to get them!

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Wall On Verge of 7,000 Career Wins

May 28th 2010

While the main story at Western Fair Raceway tonight will be the track’s signature event, the $312,000 Molson Pace, the subplot sees Dave Wall poised to reach a significant milestone.

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Western Silk Is Smooth In Gold Final

May 28th 2010

Western Silk may have ended her two-year-old season on a disappointing note, but that hasn’t stopped her from returning this year in very impressive fashion as shown by tonight’s performance in the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for three-year-old pacing fillies at Western Fair Raceway.

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