Agricultural fairs have been around for decades but I only became aware of them after moving to the north. These fairs are vitally important not only to the local community but also to Canadians in general. They knit people and communities closer together, promote farming culture and generate income for individuals and the community as a whole.
Most important, in my opinion, is the opportunity and experience it provides for children, who can participate at all ages. From the toddler visiting the petting areas to the teenager competing in a livestock show, the benefits are innumerable - from the simple to the lifelong. Spending time outdoors, learning about animals of all shapes and sizes, discovering the farming lifestyle, participating in competitions, developing leadership skills, making new friends and much more.
While there are many competitive events at the fair that are fun to watch, there are also many other events to enjoy - pie eating contests, baking, craft and photography competitions, horticulture exhibits, live entertainment, good food, baseball tournaments and sometimes even carnival rides and games
Be sure to visit your local agricultural fair this summer and support your local farmers. The fair in Warren will be held this weekend - June 17-19, 2016 at the Warren fairgrounds. For more information, visit the Warren Agricultural Society Facebook page or the fair website.