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Old Sep 4th, 2010, 03:21 PM   #1
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Ontario Fall Fairs - the good, the bad and the just plain horrible

My wife and I have decided to travel to a number of Ontario Fall Fairs this summer and fall for something different to do and so far in two weekends we have been to three. One was good, one was not so good (I say OK, she says not OK) and one just plain horrible (the ugly).

The good was the CNE. We went Friday last week (nice weather), not too busy, lot's of things to see and do. The agricultural part is becoming smaller and smaller, lots of "flea market" vendors, but the food was good and lots to choose from. We don't ride the rides but from what I can see there was a wide variety to choose from. The down side was we had to try this deep-fried butter and let me tell you, not worth it and made me feel nauseous later.

Score: 8 out of 10.
the Good: the midway
the Bad: Deep Fried Butter

The next fair was the Barrie Fair. I want my $20 back because I had more fun at the dentist having a root canal. As some might know the Barrie fair was held in Cookstown because the City of Barrie sold the fairgrounds and tore everything down (which is now an empty eyesore). I paid $20 to enter this "agricultural fair" and was swiftly disappointed. No arts, crafts and agricultural displays. There were only 8 rides, with 6 actually working, no carny games, only 4 food vendors (2 being ice cream trucks), a handfull of vendors (who looked like they were really wishing they weren't there wasting their time). For the "agricultural" part of the fair - one horse, two cows, 4 goats and 6 sheep (who were being sheered as a side show) There were some rabbits and chickens - and the flies, the flies were so frickin' thick in that barn we couldn't stay over a minute. We were in and out in less than 30 minutes ... and I still want my $20 back

Score: 0 out of 10
the Good: not a damn thing
the bad: everything

And today, the Orangeville Fair ... Now this fair was more like an agricultural fair. Arts and crafts that were judged with winners on display, the usual vendors both food and wares (not a large selection but OK). A reasonable amount of food vendors with the usual fair selections. An old car show was in action. And from the looks of it, a reasonable amount of rides and carny games. The bad part is we went to watch the truck and tractor pull scheduled for this morning but it was cancelled because the drag sledge busted. We only figured out it was cancelled by the mass exodus of the tractors and trucks and the sledge being towed away, an announcement would have been nice since we were shivering away waiting.

Score: 6 out of 10
the Good: The Agricultural Fair
the Bad: the unannounced cancellation of the show

Up next: Cambridge, Six Nations, Niagara Regional, and Markham
the crap is piled high ... now trying to keep up
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