Farming / Stormont Dundas & Glengarry / The Wedge / Tourism

Canada’s Oldest Fair Stunning at 207

By theWedge.LIVE and Correspondent, Annie G. 💚 TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper right column. TO COMMENT click text upper right of story.


Teen shows prized calf at 2018 Williamstown Fair PHOTO by Annie G. theWedge.LIVE

A lot of people crave good old fashioned fun and geniality. There is palpable technology or social media fatigue these days–we hear it and read about it. Ergo we understand the magnetism of Canada’s oldest fair here in our neck of the woods.

There is nothing equal to the Williamstown Fair, an event that astonishes over three days, to fill that emotional void.

The 207th Williamstown Fair first opened in 1808. It is the darling, “go to” event in Glengarry, just northwest of Cornwall. If you missed it, you can attend in August 2019 ; however, we offer you a glimpse here.

The fair maintains agricultural traditions as few others. The Wedge was there on August 11th to capture a few images and get a few wordbites.

The manpower required to manage the fair’s endless exhibits, performances and animals is impressive. Its baking challenges are the stuff of old ‘feel good’ movies, but the axe-throwing competition was a surprising attention-getter. They did this in the olden days–there were no golf courses.

Axe-throwing contest, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

The fair was moved to its current location in 1812–its buildings and land are beautiful.

Non-stop agricultural exhibits, vendors, competitions, entertainment, food and hospitality, and prize-winning farm animals shifted our attention continuously.

The event leaders state, “It is again a time to renew old acquaintances and friendships.”

Cows rest in pristine quarters, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

The President of Williamstown Fair, Hamish MacDonell, states:

“Since the birth of Canada in 1867 and for many years beyond, people have been coming to the Williamstown Fair to enjoy and share in our agricultural competitions, reunite with family and friends, and for some good old fashioned fun.  In our 207th year, we reflect on the many generations past that laid the foundations of a great country and actively fostered rural life and strong community ties, which; here in the heart of Glengarry are very much alive and well. As a community that deeply values tradition and takes great pride in our heritage, we invite you all to take in the rich sights and sounds of “Canada’s Oldest Annual Fair” and make it a part of your own traditions.”

Enjoy our image gallery:

Whitewater photo-op, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

Large agricultural vehicles, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

Kids’ area, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

“Be Charmed,” Artisan jewelry, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

A real beaury in zebra plummage, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

Artisan crafts, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

Yak with me, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

Silence of the lambs, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

llama, Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

Visitors at Williamstown Fair, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY Annie G. for theWedge.LIVE

Williamstown is just east of Long Sault, just west of Cornwall, and just North of the 401. It is easy to find and access.

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