The Markham Fair. 173 Years of Tradition and Counting!

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The Markham Fair. 173 Years of Tradition and Counting!

The Markham Fair is one of Canada’s oldest country fairs. The fair first originated in 1844 as an agricultural fair where the community would showcase their talents and products in a friendly competitive spirit. The fall fair gave an opportunity for the farmers to compete by showing off the fruits of their labour. That tradition still continues to this day.


The earliest recorded Fair held in Markham was in 1857 at the fairgrounds then located on the South East corner of Highways 7 and 48. I have fond memories as a child attending the Fair at this location. I would play games, go on the rides and enjoy all the food. In 1977 the Fair relocated to its current site where the four-day fair is held annually on the weekend preceding the Canadian Thanksgiving.

Markham Fair occurs annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving and hosts upwards of 60,000 attendees. Approximately 3,000 exhibitors will enter more than 10,000 items, which will be judged and put on display during the fair. Promoting excellence through competition in this way is what makes fairs unique in comparison to other events. With over 750 volunteers working on more than 75 committees, Markham Fair is the largest community based volunteer organization in Canada.

As well as the competitive displays of our fall harvest, the community is further brought together to enjoy various forms of entertainment such as horse pull, demolition derby, tractor pull, midway rides, livestock shows and displays of farm animals.


Don’t forget to stop by and have some fun.
Fair Dates: 2017: September 28, 29, 30, October 1

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