Annual Western Fair
The annual Western Fair, which encompasses 80 acres, is one of the largest and most successful fairs in Canada attended by an average of some 200,000 people each year from the London area and well beyond. Beginning each year on the Friday following Labour Day, the 10 day event offers first class entertainment, popular midway rides and games, food, diverse exhibits, attractions, artists and animals.
The first Western Fair was hosted in 1868 and over the decades has become an integral part of the cultural and social fabric of South Western Ontario bringing together urban and rural communities and helping each understand the other. Western Fair Association strives to continually update the fair’s attractions, venues and entertainment to ensure it maintains its’ viability and vibrancy.
Western Fair Raceway hosts more than 100 programs of harness racing each year. It was the first Standardbred racetrack in Ontario to provide night racing and has been offering first class harness racing now for 50 years. The track is recognized as one of the best in North America and many prominent performers in racing, both equine and human, have received their starts at Western Fair Raceway.
London and its surrounding communities represent a major hub for Standardbred horse racing and breeding in Canada. The industry provides jobs for thousands and is the third largest agricultural sector in the province. Racing at Western Fair contributes to sustaining that industry and provides significant economic spin-off benefits to the City of London and its surrounding communities.
In addition to hosting live racing, Western Fair Raceway also provides simulcast wagering on racetracks from across North America 364 days a year.
The Market: Farmers’ & Artisans’
The Western Fair Farmers Market is a hidden gem in the heart of London’s old east village, located in the historic Confederation Building. It operates every Saturday (8 am – 3 pm) throughout the year and provides residents with a place to purchase locally produced food and merchandise and the merchants a facility to sell their products.
The market features two floors of merchants, each floor offering over 75 vendors. The main floor focuses on fresh foods, featuring a full line of vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, baked goods and cut flowers. The second floor is filled with crafters and artisans.
In 2010, the Western Fair Farmers Market announced that The Fire Roasted Coffee Company was making a $40,000 investment and opened a new 2,000 square foot, open concept coffee roaster/café on the second floor. A home grown success story, Fire Roasted Coffee has become the supplier to the top tier of local retail and food establishments such as Remark, UWO (University of Western Ontario), Fanshawe College, to name just a few. What started as a part-time passion for David Cook, owner of Fire Roasted Coffee has now come full circle.
London Farm Show
More than 220,000 square feet of exhibition space as we grow the show into the state-of-the-art Agriplex facility. See hundreds of products/services…talk to leading industry experts…take advantage of hands-on equipment demonstrations. There’s easy access to the Agriplex via the complimentary Syngenta shuttle.
Equipment Demonstrations in the PRIDE SEEDS Arena in the Agriplex: Live product demonstrations at the show. Farm Show patrons can test-drive equipment on site!
Guest Speakers: Industry leaders will participate in panel discussions focusing on current topics relevant to today’s farmer. Panel discussions are planned for all three days of the show.
London Dairy Congress
Industry leaders showcase the latest trends and newest technology, including educational sessions, junior dairy components and a strong lineup of exhibitors. The London Dairy Congress is a great opportunity to promote your business, to the producers of the Dairy Industry.
Junior Beef Expo
Mission Statement: To support all 4-H members and Junior Livestock enthusiasts by offering more junior activities for them to participate in. This will keep our youth interested and active in the Agriculture industry.
All Equine Show
An all-encompassing, multi-discipline, all-breed and all-level equine experience. The show focuses on education, entertainment and shopping.
Featuring Ontario’s Trainers Challenge, this unique experience showcases three of Canada’s top trainers as they put their skills to work, demonstrating their abilities and techniques on how to train an un-broke horse. The Trainer’s Challenge will take place in the demonstration ring and competitors will have three days to achieve success, critiqued by three judges, using their different training skills.
Poultry Industry Conference & Exhibition
Thousands of poultry farmers, industry partners and suppliers flock to this event, now in its 54th 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 160 booths to visit, the Poultry Industry Conference & Exhibition is recognized as a must-do event for anyone associated with this important agri-business.