2011 Harrow Fair
Our fair, the Harrow Fair was blessed again in 2011 with good weather, which in our minds is fair skies and sunny days along with no rain during the day or evening hours. Although it was quite warm on Thursday and Friday, it did not stop our shows and entertainment from going on. On Thursday, just prior to our official opening, we held our annual pie auction, which this year exceeded all previous auctions in the monies brought in, all of which is donated to the John McGivney Children's Centre in Windsor, which in our view is a very worthy and worthwhile cause, serving the needy children of all of Essex County.
Following the pie auction, we were honoured to have as our guest speaker for our official opening, Roger Congdon from Sun Parlour Honey speak to us about the importance of the honey bee to all aspects of agriculture, and our need to help preserve them. While our official opening was taking place, all exhibition buildings including all our livestock and poultry barns were open for visitors to wander through and enjoy the diversity of exhibits on display.
We host the 4-H achievement day at our fair every year, and enjoy the judging of farm animals as these club members walk them through their paces, while keeping an ever watchful eye on the observant judges. After all judging has taken place, the 4-H club members put their livestock up for auction, and everyone enjoys watching as the bids are made and the prices increase because of competitive bidders, to the delight of the 4-H members.
In our horse show ring, other activities take place including modified lawn tractor pulls and the lawnmower races. Our horse show included a Clydesdale six horse hitch this year, which many people made an effort to see, since we haven't had heavy horses shown for a number of years, and would love to see more of them. We always enjoy the ever exciting barrel races, watching riders from children to adults put their ponies or horses through their paces, and of course our western show is one of the best, with so many spectators enjoying them all.
Our parade is a great attraction for so many people who line the streets of Harrow, to watch and hear all parade participants pass by. We feature, to name a few, two different marching bands, which are real crowd pleasers, along with various floats, vintage automobiles and tractors, horses, children dressed in costumes, choirs, fire engines both old and new and many other parade participants.
Of course we can't forget other attractions on our grounds, especially the farm machinery, tractors both new and old, house trailer and car displays, our midway rides geared to young and old, all the various games and food concession stands to name a few. We enjoy all this along with the smell of popcorn, candy floss and apples, hot dogs and hamburgers cooking with fried onions; all these combined smells, and more are hard to separate from the attractiveness of our fair.
Our evening entertainment drew in such huge crowds that there was standing room only left, so many always bring their lawn chairs. The music, along with the songs and the show they put on really pleased our crowds every evening.
Of course, all of this did not take place without all the hard work it took from volunteers, exhibitors and fair board members, who worked hard prior to, during and even after the fair to clean up the fair grounds. We are thankful to all that each one has contributed to help make our fair the great success it has been for now over 157 years.