2017 Fair Schedule

Fair Attractions & Events

Friday, July 14, 2017
4:00pm Almonte Fair gates open
4:00pm-8:00pm Agriculture education and farm
animal display @ Ag Ed Tent

4:00pm-8:00pm Kidz Zone @ Big Red Barn
4:00pm-8:00pm Blacksmith demonstration
4:00pm-10:00pm Homecraft entries, displays
& Vendors @ Ag Hall
4:00pm-11pm Carter Shows midway open
4:30pm Little Ray’s Reptile Show @ Ag Hall Tent
5:00pm Entertainment Pavilion open
6:00pm Little Ray’s Reptile Show @ Ag Hall Tent
6:30pm Team T & J Show @ Grandstand
7:00pm 159th Almonte Fair Official Opening
7:00pm Wrestling @ Grandstand with
Classic Championship Wrestling
9:00pm-1:00am The Derringers Band @ Ent Pavilion

Saturday, July 15, 2017
10:00am Almonte Fair gates open
11:00am-4:00pm Family fun & Gospel band @ Ag Hall (tent)
10:00am-8:00pm Kids Zone open @ Big Red Barn
10:00am-8:00pm Agriculture education and farm
animal display @ Ag Ed Tent
10:00am-10:00pm Homecraft entries, displays
& Vendors @ Ag Hall
10:00am-11pm Carter Shows midway open
10:00am Light Horse Show @ Grandstand
10:30am Team T & J Show @ Big Red Barn
10:30am Sheep Show @ Big Red Barn
11:00am-5:00pm Blacksmith demonstration
11:30am Little Ray’s Reptile Show @ Big Red Barn
11:30am 4H Dairy Show @ Barns
12:00pm Sheep Herding demonstration @ Big Red Barn
12:30pm Dairy Cattle Show @ Barns
12:00pm Entertainment Pavilion open
1:30pm Children’s Games @ Grandstand
2:30pm Team T & J Show @ Big Red Barn
3:00pm Sheep Herding demonstration @ Big Red Barn
3:30pm Little Ray’s Reptile Show @ Big Red Barn
4:00pm Chili Cook Off (Judging) @ Ag Hall
4:30pm Team T & J Show @ Big Red Barn
5:30pm Little Ray’s Reptile Show @ Big Red Barn
6:00pm Sheep Herding demonstration @ Bid Red Barn
7:00pm Canada Stage Night Show @ Grandstand
• 7pm – The MacLeod Fiddlers
• 8pm – Jamie McMunn, Jimmy Simpson & Unwound
9:30pm Riq Turner Band @ Entertainment Pavilion

Sunday, July 16, 2017
10:00am Almonte Fair gates open
10:00am-4:00pm Agriculture education and farm
animal display @ Ag Ed Tent
10:00am-4:00pm Homecraft entries, displays
& Vendors @ Ag Hall
10:00am-4:00pm Kidz Zone @ Big Red Barn
10:00am-4:00pm Blacksmith demonstration
10:00am-4pm Carter Shows midway open
10:30am Little Ray’s Reptile Show @ Ag Hall tent
11:00am Sheep Herding demonstration @ Big Red Barn
11:30am Team T & J Show @ Ag Hall tent
12:00pm Entertainment Pavilion open
12:30pm Beef Cattle Show @ Barns
1:00pm Sheep Herding demonstration @ Big Red Barn
2:00pm Demolition Derby with
Impact Motor Sports @ Grandstand
2:30pm Team T & J Show @ Ag Hall tent
3:00pm Sheep Herding demonstration @ Big Red Barn
3:30pm Little Ray’s Reptile Show @ Ag Hall tent

Some Very Exciting News!

     As a third generation member of the North Lanark Agricultural Society Board of Directors I’m aware of the history of the Society and what has been contributed to the community over the last 159 years. Over the years, our grounds featured many buildings, some are gone, others displaced and some still standing. The oldest building which is still standing 152 years later is the Agricultural Hall. The original hall was built in 1865 and in 1868 due to heavy snow the roof collapsed. In 1869 the present Agricultural Hall was rebuilt. Over the years, the Agricultural Hall has undergone numerous repairs including refurbishing the front, the roof and relocation of the bathrooms.
     During the open season (May to October) the Agricultural Hall is utilized for many events such as weddings, dances, craft and artisan markets. The grounds itself hosts many major events yearly such as the Flea Market, Bus Fusion, Almonte Fair, Car Toot Bingo and many more entertaining activities.
     For Canada’s 150th birthday, the Ontario Trillium Foundation offered a grant to help keep the Canadian Heritage strong. In 2016, the Board applied for the OTF grant towards repairs to the exterior of the Agricultural Hall. Just prior to Christmas we received exciting news that we were successful and had been awarded the funds needed to complete the project.
     A condition of the grant requires us to match a third of the funds which we have done.  With fundraising through the past few years we are now happy to report that all the money we raised and all the money that was kindly donated will be put to great use! A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us for this major project. The Agricultural Hall will finally be restored to its beauty, leaks will be fixed, windows replaced and balcony refreshed.
     As we continue to fundraise for ongoing improvements in the Agricultural Hall and on the grounds, we hope that you will continue to support us.  Some of our upcoming events are Almonte Ladies Night, May 12th, Truck and Tractor Pull, May 27th and the Spring Dance, June 3rd. These and more events will help us provide a venue for future events and memories.
     For further information please go to our website www.almontefair.ca.

2016-17 Board Members

We would like to welcome the new Executives and Directors to our team for the 2016-17 year.

President – Debbie Brydges

1st Vice President – Cathy Gayton

2nd Vice President – Glen Brydges

Homecraft President – Betty Renaud

Homecraft Vice President – Marilyn Snedden

Secretary – Alyssa Toshack

Treasurer – Violaine Pilote

Past President – Glen Syme


Directors of our Board

Glen Brydges                   Debbie Villeneuve

Duncan Abbott             Donna Carpenter

Betty Renaud                   Calvin Toshack

Glen Syme                          Elaine Brydges

Marilyn Snedden          Jim Cavanagh

Debbie Brydges             Sandra McManus

Alyssa Toshack               Cathy Gayton

Dianna Nanne               Jeff Gayton

Pat Tiley                            Nancy Dupuis

Annual General Meeting – November 16th 7:30pm

Location: The Almonte General Hospital – Board Room

Our general meeting is out start to the next year.  We pick our executives and directors. Our Accountant talk about our financials for the past year.  We also discuss all old and new things to come.

All members are welcome and anyone interested in joining are encouraged to join us.

If you have any questions please email or call any of its members


2016 Almonte Fair Roundup

Almonte Fair Roundup

This year’s Almonte Fair has come and gone leaving good memories for many families. The new Carter Shows Midway lived up to their billing, providing thrills for all ages .The focus on entertainment for young families worked, with shows by professionals such as Team T & J, Spin Cycle and Little Ray’s Reptiles joined by a visit from a Princess and Elsa for “Frozen”.

The Ag Ed Tent, filled with animals such as  Jacob Sheep, a Jersey cow and Clydesdale horses, ducks and geese was busy all weekend. Matthew Wellman clipped a large number of Garth Greene’s sheep to the enjoyment of the crowd. Dairy Educators Sherry Patterson and Jane Henry used an extensive display of dairy products to explain how milk is processed into the products on the grocery shelf. The corn play box, borrowed from Middleville Fair, provided hours of playtime.

The Demo Derby wasn’t dampened by the rain and the Lawn Tractor Pull and Heavy Horse Show had beautiful weather on the other 2 days. The light horses,dairy, beef, sheep and pigeon shows attracted a good audience in various venues.

The Official Opening on Friday night featured the winners of the “ Almonte’s Got Talent”contest -Taylor Walters, Austin Simpson and Nicolas Marquis of “No Strings Attached”. Then former President Marion Timmins reviewing the fair history, giving her opinions on the pros and cons of the changes over the years. The Senstar Company was recognized for the wonderful donation of their volunteers to renovate the grandstand last month.

Moving all exhibits to the lower level of the main hall was a popular move so everyone could view the entries without enduring the heat upstairs,but everyone missed the pies from the church ladies so a food vendor is top of the list for next year.

The wider variety of music met mixed reviews but the Entertainment Tent  was filled both nights and the Sunday afternoon crowd was larger than other years. Christian Poulsen booked several bands new to our area to provide “Music on the Mississippi” but Almonte teens didn’t seem ready yet for the Electro Teen Dance in the Big Red Barn.

The directors were run off their feet-especially Cathy Gayton who was on the run checking out vendors,organizing the Snack Shack and organizing the Kids Zone among other duties. Sandra McManus and her spinners spent many hours in the hall, keeping an eye on exhibits and spinning away.

President Glen Syme ,Vice President Debbie Brydges were working behind the scenes to keep events on track. Alyssa Toshack and Vi Pilote were the main people handling finances and answering the variety of questions one receives from the midway,the vendors, the exhibitors and the general public.

The NLAS Luck of the Draw  was won by Scott Cameron, Allan Wilkinson and Nonie Toner.

The Civitans did a wonderful job on the gates and this year a crew from Puppets Up entertained at the front gate. All in all, a great cooperative effort by directors of the fair and other local groups to produce an event well attended and quite memorable so thanks to everyone who volunteered their time.

Now the planning begins for next year with an Appreciation Pot Luck evening on Wednesday,July 27 at 6:30 in the Main Hall when everyone can offer suggestions for improvements. Committee members are welcome to come and share new ideas. See you there.

July 13,14,15 2018