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Carp Fair: 148 years and going strong

Lining up in the heavy horse ring - Carp Fair.

There is something special about the Carp Fair that keeps families coming back for years.  Whether it’s the rumble in the heavy horse ring when the 8 horse hitch goes by or the bright colours and sounds of the midway that attracts you, the Carp Fair, which has been an autumn mainstay for 148 years, is back in town.  There really is something for everyone, from the little kids to those who have been around somewhat longer!  Mark your calendars for September 22 – 25th.  The Carp Fair is on its way!

Agricultural experience for the kids in Storybook Farm, Carp Fair.

I remember going to the fair in grade school – entering arts and crafts for the exhibit hall, and then  racing through to find my work, thrilled when a ribbon was pinned on my art.  Next was the horse shows – every year we entered in the light horse show ring.  When not on the horses, we would run around the midway to get on as many of the rides as possible, eating cotton candy and beaver tails!  After all, it isn’t a fall fair without beaver tails!

Midway at the Carp Fair.

Fast forward to 2011 and the Carp Fair still remains one of my favourite fall weekend activities.  You’ll find me in the heavy horse ring, anxiously awaiting the 6 and 8 horse hitch – always a highlight.

I am posting a series of photos of my highlights from the 2011 edition of the Carp Fair.  For priceless pictures of the kids, the heavy and show horse rings and the midway, I welcome you to have a look.

Carp Fair - heavy horse ring.

Here is a list of some of the sights and activities that the Carp Fair has to offer its many visitors each year:

  • Midway
  • Family Circle Tent
  • Storybook Farm
  • A.J’s Catering in the Dining Hall
  • Antique Displays
  • Strongman Competition
  • Wonderful shows and exhibits
  • Musical artists/Concerts 

Concert Highlights:

Friday, September 23
Joe Diffie and Tanya Tucker – 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 24
Prairie Oyster – 4:00-5:00p.m.
Phil Denault and Gord Banford – 8:00p.m.-1:00a.m.

Sunday, September 25
The Mick Armitage Band – 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.
The Stampeders – 3:30p.m.-5:00p.m.

Cattle show - Carp Fair.

Take the time to stroll through the Exhibit Hall.  Enjoy lunch from the many vendors – it is all good hearty fare!

Epicurious booth at the Fair.

There are a number of delectable treats to try as you wander around, or enjoy a meal in the dining hall.  With the crisp autumn air, get out and enjoy the Fair.  It only comes but once a year!

Lunch time - Carp Fair.

Would you like ketchup with those fries?

Directions on how to get to the fair.

Photo Gallery


About Anita Mac

The bucket list just keeps growing! The more I cross off - the more exciting new destinations and activities I find! I have been fortunate enough to travel a considerable distance over the years. My love of many things, including travel, cycling, kayaking and photography fit together like hand and glove. I have to keep asking myself....where to next? I am happy to share my travels and photography through my blogs: http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com and http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! On to the next adventure!


14 thoughts on “Carp Fair: 148 years and going strong

  1. When are the 6 and 8 hitch exhibits running – Saturday or Sunday or both? Bring on the big guys!

    Posted by Peter T | September 15, 2011, 2:53 pm
  2. Just a note – there are no backpacks allowed at the fair this year. Baby bags will be fine, but the organizers are recommending that extra clothes be tied around the waist as you will not be allowed to bring the backpack into the grounds.

    Posted by Anita Mac | September 16, 2011, 8:28 am
  3. All of that is great but our tradition…myself, my three sons and my father…was to see the demolition derby on Friday night. Nothing quite like a bunch of cars bashing around until they are unbelievably wonky but still running and still rolling!

    Posted by trishmurray | September 16, 2011, 11:29 pm
  4. Definately one of the things I miss most from leaving the Ottawa Valley, the pictures you posted of the fair brought up many old memories.

    I remember as a pre-teen going through the Storybook Farm and having my school art work on display in the Carp Agricultural Society building. I remember my sister’s fire prevention poster being on display with a third place ribbon attached to it, even though there was an interesting spelling mistake. We always bought chocolate mint fudge from the booth and in our younger years would eat the whole piece without the slightest feeling of guilt or discomfort, then grab a beaver tail because we could.

    Hope you get a chance to go again this year and meetup with old friends from the day, and please post some pics of the Western Horse Show if you can.

    Posted by kelly | September 18, 2011, 12:25 am


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