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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

London, Ontario, August 11, 2021:  September is fast approaching and that means the end of summer, the return of school, and the start of the Western Fair…. or at least it did prior to the pandemic.    With 2021 large gatherings still affected by pandemic safety protocols, and the continued service of the Agriplex as a London Health Sciences Centre field hospital and vaccination centre for southwestern Ontario’s pandemic response plan, the Western Fair Association...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

London, ON, June 15, 2021 -- The Western Fair Association’s Board of Governors and management team announced today that the 146th Western Fair which was scheduled to take place this Fall from September 10 – 19 has been cancelled. The Western Fair is one of many across the country that has chosen to cancel in 2021 due to the lingering pandemic and relaunch in 2022. Although encouraging to see the province begin its three-phase re-opening strategy, the timing of it makes it impossible to plan and execute the traditional Western Fair. “It was a tremendously difficult...

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Friday, September 4, 2020

London, September 4, 2020 – The first ever virtual Western Fair is now just a week away from kicking off and organizers are looking forward to keeping the fair’s spirit alive through a combination of augmented reality (A.R.) and virtual experiences designed to educate and entertain from September 11-20. Local company EXAR Studios has been busy preparing the Engage A.R. App that is designed to bring the Fair to the fairgoers. The App will be available for download on Tuesday, September...

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

      Organizers of the annual Western Fair are keeping the spirit alive this year by bringing the Fair to the people! The physical event was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, however the first ever virtual Western Fair will take place from September 11-20 and fairgoers will have a chance to experience much of the fall classic through futuristic interactive experiences, with the help of Augmented Reality (A.R.) which will present guests with a real environment that has been enhanced or altered by computer-generated information (CGI). Throughout the...

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Calling all crafters, artists and DIYers! This year’s virtual Creative Arts competition for the 2020 Virtual Western Fair is open, and we can’t wait to see your submissions. While we’d love to have you at our physical Fair, the Covid-19 cloud rained on that parade, so we’ve gone online. Over the summer, be sure to stay tuned for our weekly reminders and summer contests! While you are at it, check out 5 of our reasons that you should submit an item for this year’s virtual competition. SEE ALL CATEGORIES HERE   REASON #1: NO ENTRY FEES! That...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Will you spy the pie before the Western Fair?! Finders keepers! Celebrate the yesteryear favourites returning to the Western Fair menu by keeping your eyes on the prize - prized pie that is - with the I Spy Pie contest! 1st place cardboard cut-out pies (above) are hidden at various locations and businesses throughout London. Successful seekers will win themselves a sweet treat. Find clues on the Western Fair Facebook & Instagram Pages - @WesternFairDistrict. Happy hunting! Start the countdown, only one week left until the 144th Western Fair and “Your Favourites...

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Keep Your Eyes on the Pies Starting Monday, August 26th we'll be hiding these pies throughout London, posting clues to their locations along the way! If you spy a pie, take a photo & send it our way to claim your prize of 2 SuperPasses to Western Fair 2019.  RULES 1. You must physically find the pie to win! Once found, please remove it from it's location and send us a picture with the pie in your hand.  2. You can only win once. If a previous I Spy Pie winner finds a second pie, it must be returned to us and will be hidden again for someone new to find...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Local beats meet tasty eats at the I Love Local tent at the 144th Western Fair! Music has been a fundamental part of the fair for generations, adding ambience while bringing people together. Back by popular demand, I Love Local, presented by OLG and Gateway Casinos London will be returning with a FREE lineup of daily music performances and delicious tastes and sips crafted with locally sourced ingredients for fairgoers to enjoy, September 6 - 15! I Love Local gets rockin at 5PM weekdays, 11:30AM weekends. This year, the big, white, I Love Local tent can be found in its NEW location...

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Enjoy Lumberjack Shows, Fresh Pie by the Slice, BINGO! and More at The 2019 Western Fair Entering its 144th year, the Western Fair has seen decades of excitement including carnival rides, concerts, rodeos, competitions, and a wide variety of fair foods. This year, experience the annual event with fresh eyes. Your Faves Are Back! Feel the giddy, nostalgic fall fair feeling with the reintroduction of yesteryear classics and create memories by visiting one of many new attractions. Here are a few of the exciting highlights that you can look forward to. The tastes: Fair food galore -...

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

It’s time to open the time capsule - ‘Your Favourites Are Back!’ The annual Western Fair is quickly approaching, reintroducing 144 years of well-loved fair attractions throughout the years while welcoming new favourites. Generations of fairgoers will enjoy the best of agriculture, sports, food, art, music and more. The planning for the September 6-15 event is well underway and The Western Fair District is pleased to kick off the countdown to the fair with the announcement of the 2019 concert lineup, including a variety of Canadian Rock music. Embark on a trip down...

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