One of the largest and most popular agricultural fairs in central Ontario, the 161st Annual Lindsay Exhibition begins on the first day of fall and runs until Sunday, September 27th at the Lindsay Fairgrounds (354 Angeline St. S.). Here are some highlights of what to do and see at the fair.
The ParadeThe Lindsay Exhibition parade takes place on Wednesday, September 23rd, beginning at 6 p.m.
The parade starts on Ridout Street and travels west on Kent St. to to Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute (LCVI).
The theme of this year’s parade is “A Century of 4-H in Ontario”.
Animal ShowsAn agricultural fair wouldn’t be complete without animal shows, and there are lots happening at the Lindsay Ex every day, including sheep, dairy, beef, cattle, hog, poultry, and horse shows.
Visit www.lindsayex.com for the times and locations of each show.
The MidwayThe midway runs every day during the fair, starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 12 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Pay-One-Price coupons, which can be exchanged for wrists band allowing you to ride all day, are available in advance for $30 from www.lindsayex.com or the fair office.
On Wednesday only, all midway rides are $2 each.
Motor SportsMotor sports happen every evening during the Lindsay Ex at The Grandstand.
IMPACT Motorsports presents a Demo Cross at 7:30 pm on Wed, a Demolition Derby at 8 p.m. on Friday, and and Demo Derby at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Details at www.impactmotorsports.ca.
There’ll also be a Truck Pull on Thurday at 7:30 p.m. and a Tractor Pull at 7:30 pm on Saturday.
Billy Mountain’s Travelling ChainsawsAt the East End at 10 a.m. on Friday through Sunday, you can check out Billy Mountain’s Travelling Chainsaws.
Bill Mountain invites up to 15 chainsaw carvers to create sculptures and compete for bragging rights with The People’s Choice Award.
All pieces created at the event will be auctioned off on the Sunday.
Little Ray’s Reptile ZooThis interactive educational exhibit features some of Australia’s most famous animals including giant pythons, highly poisonous cane toads, tarantulas, a crocodile, a barn owl, and even Australia’s most famous animal: a red kangaroo, the largest marsupial in the world.
Come check out the amazing museum-quality educational exhibit, complemented by world-class formal educational programming happening at scheduled times throughout the day. You’ll even get a chance to hold or touch many of the incredible animals.
Free with fair admission, the exhibit opens at the East End at 12 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. on Sunday, and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
WoofJocks Canine All StarsThe WoofJocks Canine All Stars is a skilled team of dogs and handlers who stage a fun, exciting, and educational variety show. Their performances incorporate elements of canine agility, obedience, tricks and flying disc. Comedy, athleticism, speed and unpredictability are the hallmarks of their incomparable canine squad.
The shows take place on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. in the KCU Barn. There’ll be a meet and greet after each show.
Live MusicLive music will take place from Thursday to Sunday on the Commonwell Stage, including Poverty Line at 1:30 p.m. and FlashBack! at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Kylie McCullough at 5 p.m. on Friday, and Northern Spirit Band at 4 p.m. and Jake Differ at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
On Sunday at 1:30 p.m., you can see talented singer and actress Amberley Beatty perform as Patsy Cline. Beatty pays tribute to the timeless songs and ground-breaking style of Patsy Cline, the iconic recording artist who helped popularize country music more than anyone of her generation. Beatty’s powerful performance and ability to motivate the audience reflect Patsy at her peak in the early 1960s.
Family FunThere are lots of family activities at the Lindsay Ex, including Tim the Puppet Tamer at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the Commonwell Stage on Friday, “Barn Yard Babies” in the KCU Barn on Saturday and Sunday, a meet and greet with Strawberry Shortcake next to the Commenwell Stage at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Doo Doo The Clown on the Commonwell Stage at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, face painting with Checkers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the KCU Barn on Saturday and Sunday, a meet and greet with Caillou next to the Commenwell Stage at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
For a complete schedule of all events and activities, visit www.lindsayex.com (note: events and times are subject to change).