Sunday morning, several local churches hold an ecumenical church service, collect- ing food for the local food bank.
Many volunteers help to make the fair successful, and local organizations do their part. The Ontario Provincial Police maintain traffic control during the parade, the Knights of Columbus staff the gates, the Boy Scouts keep the grounds clean, and the Kingsville-Essex Associated Band keeps the public facilities neat and proper.
Visitors to the fair come from both sides of the border, and it’s a popular time for former residents to return for a visit. Everyone knows that when the fair is over, school starts–so lots of fun is had by all.
Two years ago, when a thunderstorm threatened to destroy the opening night festivities, quick-thinking officials moved the event into the main exhibition hall. Last year, the weather was perfect, with record-setting attendance every day. By Sunday evening, nearly 80,000 people had visited the greatest agricultural fair in Ontario.
Harrow must be doing something right, because in March 2017, Tourism Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island declared the Harrow Fair its winner in the “Best Local Festival—Family and Fairs” category.
The 2017 fair takes place August 31 through September 3. As always, everyone is welcome!