Attention fall-lovers. It’s officially the season of PSLs, fall fairs and tasty autumn treats. And if you’re a connoisseur of cotton candy, corn dogs and country music, you won’t want to miss Ontario’s oldest agricultural fair this October. Ie. the infamous Norfolk County Fair presented by CIBC. 

This seven day fair kicks off on October 3rd and is packed full of local vendors, nostalgic fair food and live concerts — including a performance by The Reklaws. Whether you’re looking for an eventful family outing, or a festive weekend with friends, this fair is sure to be a memorable way to kick off the fall season.

Norfolk County Fair
Photo via Norfolk County Fair

The Norfolk County Fair has been bringing Ontarians together since 1840. And if you’ve been to the massive fairgrounds before, you can easily understand why it’s recognized as the third largest annual fair in the province.

Located in Simcoe, Ontario, the fairgrounds are home to an A-list Canadian country concert series, motorsports competitions, over 150 local vendors, 50+ food vendors and 2 on-site restaurants. What started out as a modest agricultural and horse show is now the destination for over 120,000 annual visitors from Toronto and beyond.

Fall fair activities

Norfolk County Fair
Photo via Norfolk County Fair

When it comes to entertainment, the Norfolk County Fair knows how to put on a show. In addition to week-long live music from local bands, A-list Canadian Country stars Josh Ross and The Reklaws will be taking the main stage on Thanksgiving Weekend. If you’re a country music fan, make sure to bookmark these dates!

  • Friday, October 6th, 2023: Pure Spirits Party on the Track Concert featuring The Reklaws 
  • Saturday, October 7th, 2023: Pure Spirits Party on the Track Concert featuring Josh Ross and Alli Walker

That’s not all! If adrenaline is more your style, make sure to check out the motorsport showtimes. The fair hosts five nights of monster truck rallies, demolition derbies and freestyle motocross shows.

This all-ages festival also has daily horse and livestock shows, Super Dogs, fair rides, live local music all week long in Lounge 5, and games that everyone will enjoy. Plus, if you’re planning a family visit, kiddos under five get in for free!

Norfolk County Fair
Photo via Norfolk County Fair

Hungry for fall?

If you’ve come for the grub, it won’t disappoint you. With mouthwatering fair treats like mini donuts, perogies and poutine, the biggest challenge you’ll have all weekend is deciding what to have for dinner. You can also pair your chosen plate with a glass filled by a local brewery, winery, distillery or cidery.

So, if the thought of exhilarating rides, live country music and heart-pounding motorsports gets you in the fall spirit, head on over to the Norfolk County Fair website to secure your tickets. Ontario’s legendary fall fair is waiting for you!

When: Tuesday, October 3rd – Monday, October 9th
Where: 172 South Drive, Simcoe ON, N3Y1G6
Cost: Starting at $12