On the Ground at the Ormstown Fair

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Surprisingly close to Montreal, just a 45 minute drive past Chateuguay, the charming town of Ormsville hosts an annual  country fair. The one we attended this past weekend (June 9th, 2013) was the 99th fair, so the 2014 centenary fair is bound to be something special.

What can you expect at the fair?

Access to the grounds was a very reasonable admission charge of $23 for our family of 2 adults, a 12 year old and  a 4 year old. For that price, you are free to wander the grounds and enjoy all the shows and barn displays – farm animals (from small rabbits up to massive cows), a petting zoo, crafts, animal shows, farm machinery, demonstrations, and spectacles. On our visit, we were fortunate enough to catch a demolition derby!

Of course, the real attraction for youngsters is the fairground rides, and that’s where you’ll take a hit to the wallet. Paying for tickets to access the rides adds up very quickly, and the all-access bracelet, while a savings, will still take you for $30 each.

In regards to food, there are no bans on bringing your own (except for alcohol). Other snacks and treats are available on the grounds, but avoid buying them from the vendors set up amongst the rides. Those guys are expensive. Rather, wander into one of the buildings where the local curling team or scouts have a stall – they sell their snacks, drinks and ice-cream at a much more reasonable rate.

Big note: don’t forget your sun screen and, if it has recently been raining, your rain boots. Even if the day is dry, the grounds can still be muddy and mucky.

See you at the 100th!

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