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The Ancaster Fairgrounds is host to many events every day.

Welcome Fair Friends – A message from the 2017 President Brenda Parkin

This year marks our 167th Ancaster Fair, 17 years older than our country and our province. For our country’s 150th birthday, our theme is CANADIAN GROWN. At the Ancaster Fair, we are very proud of our heritage. We strive to bring our knowledge and experience to every part of our fair and our activities all year long. The mandate of the Ancaster Agricultural Society is EDUCATION. We as volunteers dedicate ourselves to make our fair enjoyable, so you don’t even know you are learning. Our members strive to make Ancaster Fair the best in our community by bringing our community together for 4 days in September. We do this in various ways, from our Agricultural and Homecraft competitions to demolition derbies, midway rides, and free demonstrations in Marritt Hall and throughout the grounds. Our School Fair is one of the largest in Ontario. It is important that our urban friends learn where their food comes from and how it gets to their dinner tables.

We are generations of volunteers making our fair happen every year and have made it into one of the best events in Hamilton-Wentworth, so don’t miss it! I extend a heartfelt welcome for all to come to the Ancaster Fair on September 21, 22, 23, and 24. Come and enjoy all we have to offer. Take a step back in time and see how it was done 100 or even 150 years ago in our Heritage Square, and learn about agriculture through the ages in our Education Building. See and touch farm animals in old McDonald’s Barn. Check out the Homecraft competitions and displays, and say ‘Hey I can do that too!’ See the many animal competitions from 4H kids showing rabbit, calves or llamas that they raised, to the sheep, goat, and horse shows. Don’t forget the poultry building.

Come and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells (who can resist the smell of back bacon on a bun?), and the friendship at the FAIR…… Do you remember?

Brenda Parkin
President of The Ancaster Agricultural Society, 2017

Thank you Heritage Days – Next big Ancaster event – THE ANCASTER FAIR – see you there!

SAVINGS START NOW! @ The Ancaster Fair

LOVE the fair – but on a budget – SAVINGS START NOW!

SELECT SCOTIA BANKS – have reduced entrance tickets 8$ (regular gate price is 10$)

ANCASTER FORTINOS – Pick up your Early Bird Ride Tickets – NO JOKE 20 FOR 20 TICKETS





For all of you Equipment History Buffs, the Ancaster Fair Heritage Committee is pleased to announce a special exhibit for the 2016 Fair.  Located in the Heritage Square will be honoring the Sawyer-Massey Company, the firm built Steam portables and traction engines initially.  The Massey family took a personnel stake in the company. a long time manufacturer that was located on Wellington and Victoria streets in Hamilton. There will be many pieces of equipment on view including steam engines, threshing machines and road building equipment. There will also be a special tent housing photographs and memorabilia. Included will be a recreation of a 1918 Sawyer-Massey display that was at the Toronto exhibition.

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to bring any memorabilia from the company along with memories of relatives who may have worked there.

Admission to the fair is ten dollars for adults, five for students and pre-schoolers can enter for free. The Ancaster Fair is a wonderful family event. See you at the Fair!

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A Farmers Point of View – Les Simonfly & his Bees at the Ancaster Fair

A Farmers Point of View – Avery Hill Farm & The Ancaster Fair

Farmers Point of View – Maplebrae Farms & The Ancaster Fair