The Port Perry Fair is just around the corner. For many of us, this is the event we have been working towards all year. The many hours of hard work, put in by all the dedicated volunteers, results in a fair we can all be proud of.
Some of my best childhood memories are of the fair. For as long as I can remember, my dad would bring my brother and I to the Ottawa Exhibition, where he was a part of the homecraft division. We would arrive before the grounds opened to the public and watch with fascination as the fair came to life.
In an effort to keep us out of his hair, Dad would have us enter as many Junior Fair categories as possible. The result was, my brother and I would make a bee line for the Junior Fair building, anxious to see how we did. Then we would check out what everyone else did.
From there we would go see the livestock. After that, we went to see the show jumping, my favourite. I later went on, to enter show jumping events myself.
Once we had exhausted all there was to see, we would hit the rides. Eventually we would make our way back to Dad.
Naturally, I passed my love for the fair onto my children. The demolition derby was an early favourite for my sons. My daughters loved to see the animals, and they all enjoyed entering the baking and craft section of the Junior Fair.
When my eldest was 12 years old, he won 1st prize for a cake he entered in the Port Perry Fair. He is now 26, and works as a cook at Swiss Chalet.
My kids are too old for the Junior Fair now, but they haven't lost their love of it. Now they enter in the adult division.
Whether your interest is livestock, produce, music, trucks and tractors, the midway or great food, you are never to young or old for the fair. In fact, it is not too late to start working on your entries for this year's Port Perry Fair. To see what categories you can enter, pick up your Port Perry Fair book at:
The Standard News office, 182 North Port Rd #10
Scugog Memorial Public Library, 231 Water St.
Scugog Township Office, 181 Perry St.
Vos Independent Grocer, 1893 Scugog St.
The Port Perry Agricultural Society office, 15835 Old Simcoe Road, or go to www.portperryfair.com.
Advance midway passes can be purchased at Vos Independent, starting August 20th until noon on September 3rd. Cost per midway pass is $30, and is valid for a full day of rides.
Please note, the Grade 7 and 8 Junior Fair category is missing from the print version of this year's Port Perry Fair book. However, the online version is complete. The Standard regrets any inconvenience this omission may have caused. The box below is the missing section.