Canada’s oldest agricultural fair is turning 210

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By Nick Seebruch
Canada’s oldest agricultural fair is turning 210
DJ McDonald piped in the 209th Williamstown Fair (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ontario – While the general public is still experiencing the tail end of the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Lawrence Valley Agricultural Society is working hard to deliver an authentic experience for the 210th edition of the Williamstown Fair.
Canada’s oldest agricultural fair is back again this year, and once again, it will be in drive thru format. There still however, will be plenty on offer to enjoy.

Running from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 the 210th Williamstown Fair will have decorated floats, a tree giveaway, and a scarecrow contest, like last year, but St. Lawrence Valley Agricultural Society President Chelsea Hope says that guests this year can expect to see a little extra.

“We are hoping to add a little bit more than last year,” she said.

New this year, will be live music provided by local artists that guests can tune into on their FM radio. Additionally, Hope says that the committee is looking into having not just static displays, but activities that guests can interact with without creating any driving hazards for this drive thru event.

With the event extending into the evening, the fair committee has invested in lighting to keep the experience as fulfilling as possible into the nighttime hours.

“I would encourage people to come out, even if it is dark,” Hope said.

Last year’s event saw over 600 cars drive through the fair grounds.

So far, the Fair has 25 floats committed to the event, including return submissions from Rozon Insurance, the Green Thumbs, local schools, and Lang’s Corn.

This year’s scarecrow competition has the theme of Glengarry My Home, and Hope is encouraging entrants to submit scarecrows that best represent all that is good about Glengarry County.

While not for public viewing, the Fair will still hold private competitions for cattle and horseback riding.

“We still want to be sure that we are considered to be a fair,” said Hope.
For more information as the date of the 210th Williamstown Fair approaches, please visit their website

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