Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Small Town Fall Fair Season

Ontario's big boy, the Canadian National Exhibition is over, and in community parks the amusement rides are starting to be setup and candy floss is being spun, ready for the gates to open. The vast majority of fairs happen in September, the golden month where leaves change colour, kids go to school and fair operators are asking if you feel lucky. The Canada Goose is the symbol of this year's fair as Acton celebrates Canada's 150th.

The Acton Fall Fair is almost ready to go. People are bringing in their baked goods and other items that will be judged, Friday is education day and the fair goes live Friday night. The blaring music, the bright lights of the rides and the beer tent are open from September 15-17, 2017.

A big part of a small town fair is the farm animals, with cattle and goat shows, poultry competitions and horse barrel racing. This is the time to win one of the colourful ribbons for your winning breeds and 4-H is heavily involved in the fair.
Former Miss Acton winner Kailey Donaldson (2012-13 Miss Acton) takes home the red ribbon for her cow. She is also entering the Ontario Plowsman 'Queen of the Furrow' contest as Halton's candidate. You have to plow a field as part of the skills competition.

Gates open to the public at 4pm Friday and 8am for both Saturday and Sunday and free shuttle buses will run from the Acton Legion to the fairgrounds in Prospect Park.

See more photos after the jump.

In the poultry barn

Loaded up and springing into action during the heavy horse pulls
Long exposure night photos of the amusement rides

Competition is fierce in the ring

Shearing a sheep

Lawn and garden tractor pulls on Saturday. The highway truck pulls and 4x4 truck pulls are on Sunday

Big crowds fill the park on Saturday night
A Miss Acton winner tries her hand at antique tractor pulling
Pro-diesel 4x4 truck pulls

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