The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair brings country life to the big city from November 4-13, 2011 at Exhibition Place. The fair began in 1922 by a group of farmers wanting to meet after the busy fall harvest, and now 89 years later, has become the world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show.

My family visited the Fair on Sunday and it was one of the most unique outings we’ve had in Toronto. From the livestock animals, to the petting zoo, tractor ‘playground,’ and prize-winning (and enormous) pumpkins, we experienced a bit of country life just a short walk from where we live.

Take a look at our photographs:


We visited the Fair on the weekend and by late morning it was very crowded. If possible, I recommend visiting during the week for a more leisurely experience.

Pack a lunch (I always make this suggestion)! The lines to buy lunch were quite long and seating was extremely limited in the food court area.

Dress appropriately. The area with livestock animals is cold, but the vendor area is warm. Also, consider your footwear as you are sometimes walking through hay.

Plan ahead. You can find a schedule of events on their website. We decided to forgo the SuperDog show (a very popular family attraction), and instead spent our time at the petting zoo, climbing tractors, and watching the livestock animals.

Ask questions. The farmers, cattle ranchers, cowboys and cowgirls were all friendly and happy to answer any questions. For city people (like us) it was informative and fun, the perfect way to learn about something new and interesting.

Are you going to the Fair this year? What are you most excited to see?

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