Harrow anticipates the 159th Harrow Fair

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EFPSmLOGOby Jennifer Cranston

The Harrow Fair is a premier agricultural event in the region and draws tens of thousands of visitors to the community each year over the Labour Day Weekend.

None of this is accomplished without the hard work of volunteers who spend months putting the event together.

Robert Affleck is on the Board of Directors and is serving as Publicity Chairman for the first time. His presence on the Fair Board is a good example of the tradition and continuity that surrounds the fair.

“My great, great, great grandfather was on the original fair board,” he said.

The fair has always stayed true to its agricultural roots, but it isn’t just for farmers. It’s a good way for people to get an idea of where their food comes from.

“It’s for people who aren’t country folk to learn about what life is like for country folk,” said Affleck. “It’s a different lifestyle away from the mall and video games.”

Part of Affleck’s job is to do an interview with CTV Windsor on Monday in Downtown Windsor. He always brings an animal with him. In past years he has had sheep mistaken for dogs. Once people couldn’t identify the chicken he was holding and when it was explained to them, some couldn’t understand why someone would own such an animal.

There is no beer tent at the event as you might see at other fairs.

“It’s a family event,” said Affleck. “It’s a last big bang before summer ends.”

The fair is run completely by volunteers and has no corporate sponsors. The fair is self-sustaining and gets additional funding from small fundraisers throughout the year.

“It shows the success of the fair,” he said.

A highlight of the fair for Affleck is the 4-H achievement shows.

“I enjoy watching the 4-H shows and all the kids who have spent all year raising these animals that are often bigger than they are,” he said.

The parade is a popular event. It takes place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Affleck said that it is a huge parade that twists and turns through the community.

One of the biggest draws to the fair is the variety of stage entertainment. There is live musical entertainment every night beginning on Thursday and running through Sunday night.

Other events include contests in everything from baking to photography to a mom or dad calling.

Admission is $7 for adults and children under 12 are free. Weekend passes are available for $15. For more information and a complete list of events visit the website at harrowfair.com or call the fair office at 519 738-3262.