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!
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!
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.
Here is a list of some of the sights and activities that the Carp Fair has to offer its many visitors each year:
- Family Circle Tent
- Storybook Farm
- A.J’s Catering in the Dining Hall
- Antique Displays
- Strongman Competition
- Wonderful shows and exhibits
- Musical artists/Concerts
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.
Take the time to stroll through the Exhibit Hall. Enjoy lunch from the many vendors – it is all good hearty fare!
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!