Brampton Fall Fair

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Brampton Fall Fair
Genre Fall Fair
Dates End of September
Location(s) 12942 Heart Lake Road, Caledon, Ontario
Years active 156
Founded 1852
Website
Official website

The Brampton Fall Fair is an annual agricultural and entertainment event in Brampton, Ontario. It features rides, games, a demolition derby, and a craft show.[1]

History

The first Brampton Fall Fair was held in 1853. During the early 1830s, farmers from the 212 farms of Chinguacousy Township, Ontario gathered at Martin Salisbury's Tavern for biannual fairs.

As the Industrial Revolution and other influences changed society, agriculture transformed from a subsistence process to a commercial industry, a change that was followed by an increase in demand for equipment, supplies, and power. The government created an act in 1853 to enable and assist counties in forming agricultural boards.[2] The resulting government-funded organization was the County of Peel Agricultural Society.

In 1853, a small agricultural fair was set up by the organization and held to the west of Main and Queen Streets, near the current location of Brampton City Hall.

The event was modest overall. Prized horses and cattle were showcased, and whole grains, root vegetables, dairy and other produce were displayed for sale. One could suggest this was the precursor of today's Brampton Farmers' Market. This agricultural fair eventually became the modern Brampton Fall Fair.

The original fairgrounds spanned seven acres (28328.00m²) and were located at Wellington and Main Street. The land was purchased in 1871 for $1235. This property was eventually sold to make way for the County Jail and Courthouse. The Peel Heritage Complex museum and art gallery now occupy the property. In 1884, the fairgrounds were relocated to thirteen acres {52609m²} of land on Elliot Street. According to Brampton: An Illustrated History,[3] the land from the Elliot Street location was sold to the Agricultural Society by William McConnell, owner of the Brampton Driving Park.

Once a highlight for farmers, draft horse competitions were replaced in the 1920s by tractor demonstrations. Still, many of the Fair's displayed picks for top riding horses went on to win at the Canadian National Exhibition and Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

The Junior Farmers' Building and the Memorial Arena were erected on the Brampton Fall Fair Elliot Street grounds in 1950, and the Brampton Curling Club was constructed in 1951. Because of its unique all-wood roof structure, Memorial Arena has recently been used for a Tim Hortons ad.[4] The Canadian curling-themed feature film Men with Brooms (2002), starring Paul Gross and Leslie Nielsen, was partially filmed at the Memorial and the Brampton Curling Club. A lacrosse box was added to the ground in 1971.

Most residents associate the Brampton Fall Fair with midway rides and games more than agriculture and handicrafts. This association began in 1975, with the addition of Campbell Amusements. The 1980s brought antique car shows to the fair, and the 1990s brought the demolition derbies.

Present

The Brampton Fair Grounds (Now Old Fairgrounds Park) were sold to the City of Brampton in March 1992, with the exception of the Brampton Curling Club properties.

In 1995, the Region of Peel Agricultural Society bought 95.43 acres (386,200 m2) of land at Heart Lake Road and Old School Road in Caledon, Ontario, moving the fair to that location in September 1997 for its 144th season. Despite moving out of its central location, the Fair gained record attendance in some years, well justifying the extra exhibit area and parking. Just as it was a distant site for the Chinguacousy farmers in the Fair's audience, it is now relatively out of reach for most Bramptonians. The Society claims that as the city continues to grow, the location will be in the midst of thousands in the new developments (Mayfield West and Southfields Village to the southwest).

The new location includes the Peel Junior Farmers Hall (6,000 sq. ft.), meeting rooms, the Show and Sale Pavilion (33,000 sq. ft.), ten multi-purpose buildings, and outdoor show rings.

The Fall Fair's Homecraft Division, chaired by Pam O'Sullivan, consists of arts & crafts, photography, handicrafts, needlework, baking and kitchen craft, gardening and flowers, fruits and vegetables, quilting, arrangements, and antiques. Many of these categories have both junior and adult versions. Special categories for developmentally challenged students have been introduced recently to the fair.

Fairgrounds

There are four permanent structures on the fairgrounds:

  • Main Fair Entrance, Fair Offices and Junior Farmer Hall
  • Agricultural Display Building
  • Livestock Show and Sales Building
  • Multi-Purpose Building

Highlights

165th
September 15 - 16, 2018
Theme: Into the Garden[5]

Presidents

  • 1853 P. Howland
  • 1854 R.C. Smith
  • 1855-57 John Vodden
  • 1858 John Tilt
  • 1859-60 James Patterson
  • 1861-63 John Tilt
  • 1864-65 R.A. Hartley
  • 1866-67 Emerson Taylor
  • 1868-69 M. Perdue
  • 1870-72 J.P. Hutton
  • 1873 Wm. Elliott
  • 1874-75 John C. Spell
  • 1876-78 Rich Hamilton
  • 1879-80 James Jackson
  • 1881 John Smith
  • 1882-85 George Cheyne
  • 1886-88 J.P. Hutton
  • 1889-90 A.F. Campbell
  • 1890-91 S.J. Person
  • 1892 John Smith
  • 1893-94 J.J. Stewart
  • 1895-98 Robt. Crawford
  • 1899-1900 J.H. Watson
  • 1901-02 W.H. Rutledge
  • 1903-04 Dr. J.F. Quin
  • 1905-06 H.C.Clarridge
  • 1907-08 J.D. Orr
  • 1909-10 H.A. Dolson
  • 1911-12 F.J. Jackson
  • 1913 J.R. Cole & L.J.C. Bull
  • 1914 L.J.C. Bull
  • 1915-16 Darius McClure
  • 1917-18 Jas. Laidlaw
  • 1919-20 Albert Hewson
  • 1921-22 W.B. McCullock
  • 1923-24 W.J. Hunter
  • 1925-26 Dr. F. Hutchinson
  • 1927-28 Thos. Dolson
  • 1929-30 James Tilt
  • 1931-32 Frank Fenwick
  • 1933-34 W. Gladstone Shaw
  • 1935-36 W.L. Wilkinson
  • 1936-37 J.W. Crashley
  • 1937-38 Alex McKinney, Jr.
  • 1939-40 Wm. Bovaird
  • 1941 Charles R. Fendley
  • 1942 Charles London
  • 1943 Haddon Pegg
  • 1944-45 J.M. Fraser
  • 1946 Douglas S. Dunton
  • 1947-49 J.N. Duncan
  • 1950-51 Oscar Graham
  • 1952-53 J.W. Wiggins
  • 1954-55 Fred Gowland
  • 1956 C.M. Hutton
  • 1957-59 J.M. Brownridge
  • 1960-61 J.J. Shaw
  • 1962-63 L.R. Livingston
  • 1964-65 John H. McCulloch
  • 1966-67 Allen A. Andrews
  • 1968-69 Richard House
  • 1970-71 Donald A. Garbutt
  • 1972-73 Wm. Brander
  • 1974-75 Jack Klassen
  • 1976-77 Wm. Taylor
  • 1978-79 John M. McClure
  • 1980-81 J. Albert Dunn
  • 1982-83 David M. Julian
  • 1984-85 John Johnson
  • 1986-87 Jean House
  • 1988 Ross Milne
  • 1989-90 Fred Kee
  • 1991-92 Joanne Currie
  • 1993-95 Wm. R. Richardson
  • 1996-97 Ken Williamson
  • 1998-99 Trevor Small
  • 2000-01 Peter Armstrong
  • 2002-03 Bill Jackson
  • 2004-05 Tereska Matthews
  • 2005-06
  • 2006-07
  • 2007-08
  • 2008-09
  • 2017 Al Woolley

Secretaries of the fair

Despite the job title, the position is equivalent to a manager.

  • 1857-70 John Lynch
  • 1871 A.B. Scott
  • 1872-74 D.L. Scott
  • 1875 J.P. Clark
  • 1876-85 A. Armour
  • 1886-1901 Henry Roberts
  • 1902-10 John Cooney
  • 1911-16 Miss. M.M. Kirkwood
  • 1917-23 John H. Watson
  • 1924-25 Robt. McCullock
  • 1926-35 T.W. Thomson
  • 1936 Frank Kitto, Wilma Snyder, Assistant
  • 1937 D.E. Smith
  • 1938-44 Fred McBride
  • 1945-69 H.J. Laidlaw
  • 1970-76 Robert J. Shaw
  • 1977-82 Jack Klassen
  • 1983 Pam Gillette
  • 1983-84 Leona Allen
  • 1985-88 Diane Irwin
  • 1988-89 Norma Reinhart
  • 1989-90 Vern Breen
  • 1990-96 Ken Ewan, Brenda Bebbington, Assistant
  • 1997-2008 Brenda Bebbington

See also

Other Canadian annual fairs

References

  1. ^ "5 must-see events at the Brampton Fall Fair this week". Brampton Guardian. 
  2. ^ "County Agricultural Societies". books.google.ca. Retrieved May 1, 2018. 
  3. ^ 1947-, Loverseed, Helga V., (1987). Brampton : an illustrated history. Brampton Board of Trade. (1st ed.). Burlington, Ont.: Windsor Publications. ISBN 9780897812078. OCLC 15629035. 
  4. ^ "Timbits Minor Sports Program". timhortons.com. Retrieved May 1, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Brampton Fall Fair". bramptonfair.com. Retrieved May 1, 2018. 

External links

  • Brampton Fall Fair

Coordinates: 43°46′12″N 79°49′46″W / 43.769900°N 79.829391°W / 43.769900; -79.829391

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