We have 140 years of sunny September days filled with the delight of fall fairgoers to celebrate.
Yes, Western Fair turns 140 this year.
We know everyone’s got their favourite thing about the fair. If you attended 75 years ago you have seen the fair change in response to economic times, competition, changing technologies, public tastes and attitudes. But regardless of age or change, when you think of the fair your fingers feel sticky from candy apples and floss, you can smell back bacon and onions in the air and if you listen hard enough, squeals from the midway. Some things never change!
History of the Western Fair
Since 1868 people have celebrated the Western Fair through their participation in competitions and support of its activities and attractions. Thousands upon thousands of individuals, groups and organizations have given 140 years of service to their community through the fair, except for an eight year period, 1940-1947, when the Department of National Defence occupied the fairgrounds at Queens Park. Every autumn the Western Fair District magically recreates the fair. This is done with the help of hundreds of people today, as it was over hundred years ago.
The fair has encountered extraordinary difficulties, wars, economic recessions, crop failures, fires, competition, changing technologies, public tastes and attitudes created challenges as well as new opportunities. Despite these difficulties the fair has survived, prospered and maintained its independent status as a self-governing exhibition and fair chartered under provincial law. Every year the work of organizing the fair, rekindles the magic and as it was so long ago, the fair is a celebration of people giving their best and the same is true today as it celebrates its 140th anniversary.
(excerpt from: A Celebration of Excellence – The History of the Western Fair Association)
The Fair Today
If you are coming for the first time or plan to visit us again after a brief hiatus, this is a great year to return! To celebrate its 140th the Western Fair has partnered with a new midway operator bringing lots of new rides, Imagination Park is a brand new area dedicated to families with pirate and princess themes to delight your crew. The Farmyard is full of oinks, moos and bahs, rodeos and horse shows. Strolling artists, attractions and vendors will entertain, and your choice of fair food all adds to the experience.
Buy tickets in advance to save some bucks and bring your family and make some memories with us at our 140th anniversary. Your kids will never forget being cradled in your arms, or perched on your shoulders, as they are carried out the gates at the end of a fun day at the Western Fair!