Spring by Kathryn White

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fall Fairs~ When in Paris....

Last weekend when I read my blogging friend Nan's blog post, it brought back memories of the many times as a young girl, my family would attend the Fall Fair in our rural community. My Dad loved going to the Fair to meet with local farmers and to show his cattle. He took great pride in the ribbons and trophies that were received for the prized cows and calves he and my brothers showed in the ring.
We enjoyed going along for the amusement rides as well as for the food. Some of my favourite children's books describe the Fall Fair, and the events are a reminder that the Fall season has arrived and that the days of summer have past. There are so many Fall Fairs to attend in Ontario, but when I saw this one advertised, I knew it was something to consider, and my girls agreed.

The day started out cloudy and overcast, but that didn't hinder us as we navigated the scenic country roads over to Paris...Paris, Ontario that is! We arrived to find the crowds had come out despite the weather. We were thankful for the maps and signs as this fair is considered one of the largest in Ontario. I took plenty of photos because I thought it might be interesting for those who attend
State Fairs or Rural Farm Fairs in their own communities.

" The highschool marching band was playing a merry tune when the children arrived at the fairgrounds. Brightly coloured tents with signs that said EXHIBITS, FOOD, DRINKS,GAMES, BAKED GOODS CONTEST, CRAFT CONTEST, and ART CONTEST lined the walkway. Crowds of adults and children moved from tent to tent. Screams and laughter from the roller coaster and Ferris wheel could be heard. The smell of roasted peanuts, popcorn, and hot dogs filled the air.

"I love the county fair," Henry said. "This is one of my favourite times of the year."
~The Mystery at the Fair by Gertrude Chandler Warner

"When they pulled into the Fair Grounds, they could hear music and see the Ferris Wheel turning in the sky. They could smell the dust of the race track where the sprinkling cart had moistened it; and they could smell hamburgers frying and see balloons aloft."
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White



Candy Apples

Cotton Candy

Elephant's Ear

Funnel Cake with strawberries and whipped cream

"They went into the barnlike building and looked at everything. There were hundreds of jars of jelly and pickles on the shelves, there were cut flowers in vases and growing plants in pots. In one of the glass cases there were dozens of different kinds of cake; golden cake, and marble, and fruit cake and orange; angel food and devil food and sponge! Each had a little card beside it with the name of the lady who'd made it...

...They went on to the needlework section. Here they saw hook rugs, and baby clothes, and children's clothes, and crocheted afghans, and quilts, and soft cushions embroidered with flowers and big dogs heads and other beautiful things."

~Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

Art, Photography and Crafts

Baking, Canning and Produce
(Tasha Tudor would have been proud)

Animal exhibits
(Wilbur has had too much attention and activity during the fair, and has fallen asleep)

(Wilbur's friends, the geese supported him and cheered him on at the fair)

Fine Belgian Horses
(so beautiful!)

Prize-winning photograph of the Amish in our area

Beautiful Wheat Creation

Paris Fall Fair has a long history, which you can read here

Attending the Fall Fair was the perfect way for us to conclude the summer vacation and to welcome the Fall Season.
We all agreed that it was a wonderful day!
Thank you again Nan, for your blogging inspiration.
You can read more about Nan's Fair Day here.