Where can you get monster truck races, gymnastic performances, a rodeo, fireworks, a demolition derby and hundreds of other show-stopping, jaw-dropping action all in one place?
The Markham Fair, of course and it’s back again – Sept. 27-30 – with thrilling activities and heart-thumping sights for kids and grown ups alike.
As always, for the kids, there’ll be the hands-on crafts, sheep shearing demonstrations, circus acts and rides to name but a sliver of what’s in store. Naturally, you needn’t be a kid to enjoy those things, but there’s plenty of fun for the adults too – including beer and wine tents.
“Markham Fair is a rural tradition that people look forward to visiting each year,” says Doug van Wolde, fair president. “It could be the entertainment, live music, acrobats and fireworks that keep people coming back. Or it could also be the agricultural and horticultural displays and demonstrations. What makes us different is that we provide a safe, family friendly place for our community to gather and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the midway, farm animals, tractor pull, horse shows and more. Experiences you can’t get from a screen, but will last a lifetime.”
Believed to be one of Canada’s oldest fairs, the annual event can be traced back to 1844. Today, it takes about 700 volunteers to produce the four-day extravaganza, which may very well be the largest community-based volunteer organization in the country. Typically the fair attracts some 80,000 attendees and thousands of exhibitors, many of whom compete in the categories of foods or boutique products.
There are two large buildings of indoor shopping and outdoor vendors, offering deals you can’t get anywhere else nearby. By far one of the best attractions for many is the food. There are taste sensations to delight both young and old, from cotton candy, caramel corn, fudge, fries and burgers. Even some healthy foods.
The all-ages rodeo will feature one of the world’s most dangerous sports, bull riding. Competitors from across North America will convene to win prizes and, because each time they hop on a bull it’s a different experience, no two shows are alike. For those looking to enjoy spins and swings of their own, per usual, the fair will have carnival rides for all-aged kids.
A perennial favourite, the demolition derby competition, will feature three classes – or, rather, crashes – of metal crunching mayhem. Also popular among spectators is the truck and tractor pull. Speaking of heavy-duty, super-sized vehicles, the Motorsports Mania Monster Truck Show will rip up the race track, while Monster Truck Rides let you be the driver (though, not the racer).
“It really is a big collection of everything at the fair,” noted Van Wolde.
Markham Fair is located at the northeastern corner of McCowan Road and Eglin Mills Road.