The Western Fair Association is an Agricultural Society that, through its people, activities and facilities, excels in creating unique experiences that fulfill the evolving entertainment, recreational and educational interests of our customers.
An agricultural society is a non-for-profit organization incorporated under the province’s Agricultural Societies Act. A society helps bridge the gap between rural and urban people. Its objective is to create awareness about agriculture and promote improvements in the quality of life of people living in an agricultural community. This is done in many ways including developing programs, providing facilities and holding agricultural exhibitions and events.
As a progressive AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, the Western Fair Association supports the on-going development of the agricultural industry and promotes its value to the urban community.
Animal Welfare Statement
Animal welfare, on our site, has always been and will continue to be a top priority for Western Fair District. The Association has deep agricultural roots and animals have been an integral part of that history helping us promote and educate on the value of agriculture to urban and rural audiences. Animals are a respected part of the educational programming we offer through various exhibitions, and competitions. Animals on our site are always cared for to their breed standard, and we continually consult with animal welfare professionals to benefit from their knowledge and expertise in the maintenance, health and handling of animals in our care.
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 8 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 at Western Fair District 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 100 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.
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.
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.
National Poultry Show
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 National Poultry Show is recognized as a must-do event for anyone associated with this important agri-business.