There are very few things better than a good ole country fair out in SDG! But in order to make the most of them, there are a few things you should know/prepare first!
1- When and Where
You can’t go to a fair if you don’t know about it! If you have a super busy summer and can’t hit em all, take a look ahead and pick which one may work best – whether it be location wise, or date wise!
Maxville Fair: June 24th – 26th
Avonmore Fair: July 15th – 17th
Williamstown Fair: August 5th – 7th
Vankleek Hill Fair: August 18th – 21st
Chesterville Fair: August 26th – 28th
Stormont County Fair: September 2nd – 5th
The Williamstown Fair even got a shoutout in the House of Commons! If that’s not something to consider…I don’t know what is
2- Consult the Schedule!
They don’t make a schedule for no reason – so make sure to check it first. Although most of the events at the fair go on all weekend long, there may be something special on a certain day at a certain time. You don’t want to show up to the fair and have JUST missed the headlining event!
For example: The Canadian Cowgirls will be coming to the Avonmore Fair this year!
3- Be Prepared for the Beer Tent
It’s no secret that Glengarry knows how to throw a party (ex: The Highland Games)
If you want to hit up the beer tent for a drink at the end of the night, plan accordingly – whether it be finding a driver, or wearing the proper attire. Things can get very busy, and very fun! Who needs a class reunion when everyone comes together for these weekends?!
*Tip* If you’re going to the Williamstown Fair – Thursday night is a quiet night, usually of the locals. Be prepared for a packed Meeting Place of all ages, from all over SD&G on both Friday and Saturday night!
4- Be Prepared In General
This is pretty basic – but it’s easy to forget the little things! Our fairs are awesome, which means they can get busy! Here’s some things you may want to make sure you have prepared for your weekend
A) Sunscreen – That pretty much goes without saying
B) Lawn Chair – If there’s a particular event you want to see, chances are a lot of people will too, so there may not be a lot of seating. If you don’t want to sit on the grass, bring a light lawn chair. You’ll probably be doing a lot of walking, it’s nice to have a break!
C) Cash! – There will more than likely be an ATM on location, but save yourself the fees and bring some cash. The little vendors and food trucks don’t always have debit or credit!
D) Cooler – If you want to save a few pennies and maybe spend it on a few more rides for the kids, bring a cooler with water (lots of water!) and some healthier snacks if you want to avoid the fair food…But then again…it’s fair food. Mini Donuts, poutine, cotton candy…calories don’t count if you’re having fun?
5- Have Fun!
That goes without saying though…Rain or Shine, a lot of work goes in to putting together these fantastic events, and it’s all for you! There’s always something for the entire family, and we live in such a fantastic community, so really, it’s not hard to do!