Harrow, Ontario: A Fair Like No Other
Mention the word “Harrow” anywhere in Essex County, or even beyond, and people will immediately think of the area’s greatest and best-attended fall fair. It’s held annually on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Labour Day on the Harrow Fairgrounds at the east end of Wellington. This year, the Harrow Fair will be celebrating its 163rd year, making it one of the oldest fall fairs in Ontario.
It all began as a one-day event in 1854 on seven acres of land on the edge of Harrow. In 1901, the fair grew to two days and, in 1902, the grounds were expanded by 12 acres. By 1930, the event spanned three days, and in the early 1980s, it became the four-day fair it is now.
The popularity of this annual event stems from the fact that it has stayed true to its roots as an agricultural fair. It includes something for all ages, whether you’re from the country or the city. People can view the latest farm machinery, shop in the marketplace, enjoy the Carter Shows midway, or watch demonstrations and live performances. They can also play bingo or patronize the food vendors, including the popular United Church tent with its variety of homemade pies.