It’s that time of year again: the harvest ripens and, to celebrate, rural communities everywhere put on agricultural fall fairs. This weekend is the Spencerville Fair (about an hour south of Ottawa off the 416), and a few years ago our family started a tradition of going.
There are tons of things to do for kids. In addition to the midway and candy floss that come to mind whenever you think of even the smallest, parking lot fair, there are tractor pulls, animal displays, horse riding competitions, farm-oriented displays, awarding of ribbons for baked goods, and a corn-boil. There’re are also special events aimed at just kids: Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo always puts on a display, last year there were acrobats, and this year we’re planning on getting there in time for the greased pig chase at 3pm.
Alas, the pumpkin and squash crop did not thrive at our place this summer, but last year my daughter Sage even entered a pumpkin in the giant pumpkin contest and got a ribbon for 5th place! Next year we’re going to build raised beds and try to scoop some actual prize money.
Shawna is mom to 4-year-old Sage and 2-year-old Harris. She has been writing online since 2003, and her latest project is a fledgling photography blog. She loves fall fair season as much as her kids.