The Markham Fair celebrates 175 years this fall and there is plenty to see and do no matter what your age.
Known as one of Canada’s oldest country fairs, it mixes rural life with the thrill of the monster trucks and includes competitions in art, antiques, baked goods, and livestock, along with children’s entertainment, live bands and food.
“It is a joy to be able to showcase so many agricultural exhibits and competitions,” 2019 Markham Fair president Michelle Lynne Hulshof said. “It is amazing to think that the traditions of our founding fathers are still occurring today, nearly two centuries later.
“In addition to our livestock, crop, and produce exhibits, we are very proud of our educational displays and hands-on learning exhibits that educate and promote the importance that agriculture plays in our everyday lives.”
Agriculture is at the heart of the fair and this year the agri food tent explores the relationship between agriculture, food, and the environment through hands-on and interactive displays. Families can learn about fresh local food, prepare a recipe, and taste it. Learn how to grow and cook food with daily demonstrations on the Local Food Stage.
The “So You Think You Can Cook At The Fair” competition of original recipes returns on Oct. 3-5 from 6-8 p.m. in the Agri-Food tent. Contestants age 12 and up have registered to make their original recipe.
Nadia Rehman, from MasterChef Canada season 5, will be using local and seasonal ingredients to make some “Fall Comfort Food from the Farm“ – a quick and easy pumpkin and coconut soup, savoury puff pastry appetizers and a quick and easy pie.
Displays of farm animals are always a big draw at the fair as are all the shows and demonstrations, the horse pull and the picturesque RCMP Musical Ride.
There are many highlights. The Motorsports Mania Monster Truck Show Oct. 3 and Oct. 6 features lots of excitement watching monster trucks flip, soar, crash, and smash. There’s also an opportunity to join one of the professional drivers in a ride around the track.
In-between there’s the fan favourite ‘Tractor and Truck Pull’ Friday night with all manner of tractors from vintage to pro-stock light and heavy tractors to diesel and superstock 4×4 trucks. The popular Demolition Derby competition returns Oct. 5 with three classes of metal crushing mayhem to challenge the drivers and entertain fans.
Live music features Canadian country singer Manny Blu who is on tour to mark his debut EP ‘Leave it Like it Is’. Singer-songwriters Jess and Tay who are currently studying at Humber College are also slated to perform.
MOTUS O Dance Theatre, a Stouffville-based company, has numerous performances at this year’s fair. Their Hand to Plow – Tool Time in Farm Rhyme is a mixed- media production that shows how farm machinery has developed through time.
The Markham Fair runs from Oct. 3-6 at 10801 McCowan Rd. and Eglin Mills Road. Parking is free.
Hours are Thursday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children age 12 and under, free for age four and under. For a complete list of daily events visit https://www.markhamfair.ca
Photo: MOTUS O Dance Theatre has numerous performances at this year’s fair. Hand to Plow – Tool Time in Farm Rhyme is a mixed- media production that shows how farm machinery has developed through time.