This year in Grand Valley, something amazing is coming to our Fall Fair, September 23rd-25th, and it will be unique in all of Ontario. We will be the only Fair – anywhere – with STRAWMANIA!
Tired of expensive, broken old rides that nobody really likes, run by bored operators that nobody knows? Weary of paying big ticket prices for little thrill rides – even for small kids? We are too. And they cost a fortune to bring to Town.
Now imagine instead, hours of family fun, for all ages, with attractions completely constructed from straw bales. A massive climbing pyramid, maze, traditional games, obstacle courses, fishing pond, pumpkin bowling alley and much more. There’s even a giant human-sized group foosball game! Parents can relax on straw bale lounge seating and watch the fun – delighted that a wrist band will only cost $10! For the whole day!
It’s good “old-fashioned” fall fair fun, with local family farms supporting with straw bales sourced from the community. Step back in time to a real and authentic village of straw amusements to interact with and to enjoy family photographs.
STRAWMANIA! is sponsored by Country 105 who will be broadcasting LIVE from the event.
STRAWMANIA! is just one of the many surprises coming for this year’s new Grand Valley Fall Fair. Stay tuned. We’re just getting started.
This year is going to be a three day celebration of the bounty and beauty of our local community. Visitors from all over the Headwaters and the GTA are expected to attend this year as never before. Over the next three years your Grand Valley Agricultural Society board is working to create the most authentic Fall Fair experience in the region.
Welcome to the 144th Grand Valley Fall fair!
Our fair is “an all ages community event for agriculture, about agriculture and the rural way of life.” Our theme of “Butterflies and Honeybees” has been a part of our planning for vendors, exhibits and demonstrations. We are very proud of this year’s line up, including stars from Chopped Canada and MasterChef Canada, presentations by Beekeepers of Ontario and Grand Valley Historical Society, and exhibits from the community and beyond. From Friday night till Sunday afternoon we have continuous events on stage and upstairs in tour Country Kitchen. Outside, the livestock shows offer a close up of farm and show animals and 4-H competitions in showmanship. The track gives you thrills, spills, noise and intense competition all three days of the Fair.
The board held a Strategic Planning session this year. We took a hard look at the next ten years for this event and made decisions accordingly. We were able to renew our agreement with the Community Centre Board for just 2 more years, so we plan to be independent of the arena by 2018. We also want to maximize every fundraising event– Spring Fling, Quilt Raffle, and rentals. This year we have no parade or midway. Instead, with the assistance and support of local farmers, we present “Strawmania!” for people of all ages to explore, climb, and play. Back by popular demand are the Ambassador Competition, Pet Show, Turquoise Tiger, Fair Dance and Beer Tent. Craft events for children have been added. Come prepared to be surprised, educated and entertained.
Our hard-working members, ready volunteers and generous sponsors keep our annual fair viable. It is reputed to be “highly respected as the best attended, financially sound fair
in our area.”
A weekend pass is available from Scotiabank, Orangeville locations, for just $15 per adult!
For up-to-date information, pick up an Events Brochure in September, or visit the website www.grandvalleyfallfair.ca, then plan your weekend. See you at the fair!!
Pat Kalapaca, President
The directors and members of the Grand Valley Agricultural Society extend a heartfelt thanks to the following individuals and corporations for their continued support and participation, and to our new sponsors for taking part in our 11th Sponsorship Program. A new sign has been mounted inside the exhibit hall with your name under the appropriate sponsorship category for recognition by the community and fair-going public.
The purpose of the Grand Valley Agricultural Society is to serve and participate in the interests and needs of the community and to promote agriculture. Your donations will go towards helping to meet prize money and the expenses of the fair. Those listed in BOLD are sponsors as of June 2016; others in 2015.
The 2016 Grand Valley Fall Fair booklet is here!
2016-2017 Fall Fair Ambassador Information & Application is also available for download.
Senior Ambassador applications are open to anyone who will be 18 yrs. of age by August 1, 2017 and has not yet reached their 24th birthday. Junior Ambassador applications are open to anyone who will be 12-17 yrs. of age by September 20, 2016.