As a registered not-for-profit charitable organization, the Ancaster Agricultural Society (AAS) has had deep roots in Ancaster since it began in 1850 with the first Ancaster Fair 169 years ago. Each year, the Fair welcomes 35,000-40,000 visitors of all ages and from all walks of life.
It takes 35 committees with approximately 400 volunteers (many second and third generation) working throughout the year to make it happen.
At the Ancaster Fair you will find agricultural demonstrations, educational displays, horse and livestock shows, field crop, fruit and vegetable competitions, homecrafts, antiques, horticulture, photography and more. There is entertainment for the whole family including music, talent shows, pie eating contests, baby show, church service and of course the demolition derby.
Tradeshows & Events
Although we are widely recognized for our Fair, many people do not realize that the fairgrounds host events year-round. Our facility is used by many community members, businesses, livestock organizations, festivals and commodity groups for a wide variety of events. We also offer four weeks of Ancaster Fair Summer Camp, as well as two Agricultural Education days for grade 3 & 4 students each spring.
Our current 90,000 sq ft livestock, tradeshow and event facilities are at capacity and it is rare to find a free weekend throughout the year. In fact, we are turning away large shows due to the limited availability of our current facility.