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|Genre||Spring agricultural fair|
|Dates||Thursday after Victoria Day to Sunday|
|Years active||167 years|
The Schomberg Fair is an annual agricultural fair held in late May in Schomberg, a community in the township of King in Ontario, Canada. It starts on the Thursday following Victoria Day, and runs through to Sunday. It is staged at the Schomberg Agricultural Fairgrounds.
In 1852, the Township of King established the annual King Township Fall Fair, which was held in one of the communities of Aurora, Kettleby, King City, Laskay, Nobleton, or Schomberg. In 1872, a permanent location was selected, and the fair renamed The Schomberg Agricultural Fair, and the Schomberg Agricultural Society was organized to operate it. Agricultural land was purchased adjacent to the community to be the site of the fair.
The fair has expanded beyond simply an agricultural showcase, and now includes numerous activities.
On Thursday, attendees can pay one price to ride all the rides provided by World's Finest Shows as many times as they wish. On holidays, they may also pay a special price which will allow up to four people to enjoy the rides.
Friday is the official start day of the fair. In the evening there is an opening ceremony followed by the demolition derby.
On Saturday morning a parade is held on the main street of Schomberg. The procession consists of local organizations and bands followed by the winning car from the previous night’s derby. After the parade the doors to the Schomberg arena are opened. For the duration of the fair the arena will house art and craft as well as agricultural displays.
Sunday is family fun day at the Schomberg fair. This includes a variety of family oriented events such as the baby show and the relative look alike contest.
- Love & Sawdon, p. 35.
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