6 Things you may not have known about the Markham Fair

The 2018 Markham Fair kicked off today and will continue from now until Sunday September 30th, 2018.

But did you know that this annual event is one of Canada’s oldest country fairs?

ESN on Events will be attending the fair for the very first time ever this weekend and we wanted to find out a little bit more about the origins of this event.

So here are 6 more things we learnt about the Markham Fair:

1| The first Markham Fair was held in 1844 making this the 174th year for the fall event.

2| It is always held on the weekend before our Canadian Thanksgiving.

3| The fair as well as the venue are owned by the Markham and East York Agricultural Society.

4| Historically this annual event was an opportunity for farmers to competively display livestock and agricultural produce but over the years this event has evolved and expanded to include entertainment such as cooking shows, demolition derby and gymnastics demonstrations.

5| It averages about 80,000 attendees and 3,000 exhibitors a year.

6| To pull off an event of this size requires a solid team. That’s why there are over 700 volunteers working collectively to ensure the fair’s success.

The 2018 Markham Fair takes place September 27th to 30th and the fairgrounds are located at the northeast corner of McCowan Road and Elgin Mills Road.

For further information on tickets, how to get there, and more click here to visit the Markham Fair listing in our Events Calendar.

Hope to see you there.

Alicia Roachford Brathwaite
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