Brampton Fall Fair

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The Brampton Fall Fair is an annual agricultural and entertainment event in Brampton, Ontario, since 1853. It features rides, games, a demolition derby, and various kiosks peddling knitted goods.

Brampton Fall Fair
Genre fall fair
Dates mid September
Location(s) 12942 Heart Lake Road, Caledon, Ontario
Years active 155
Founded 1853
Website Brampton Fall Fair

History of the fair[edit]

In the early 1830s, farmers from the 212 farms of Chinguacousy Township came to Martin Salisbury's Tavern in biannual fairs.

As the Industrial Revolution and other influences changed society, agriculture morphed from a subsistence process to an actual industry, followed by an increase in demand for equipment, supplies, and power. The government created an act in 1853, to enable and assist counties to form agricultural boards. The resultant government funded organization was the County of Peel Agricultural Society.

In 1853, a small agricultural fair was set up by the organization, held at the west of Main and Queen Streets near where Brampton City Hall is now located.

Modest overall, but an important step in the right direction, horses and cattle were lined up for show, while grains, produce, roots, and dairy products were displayed for sale. One could even suggest this was the indirect precursor of today's Brampton Farmers' Market. This agricultural fair eventually became the modern Brampton Fall Fair.

The first official fairgrounds were bought in 1871, consisting of 7 acres (28,000 m2) at Wellington and Main streets, for a sum of $1235. This eventually was sold to make way for the County Jail and Court, now the Peel Heritage Complex museum and art gallery. In 1871, the fair moved to Wellington and Mary, and in 1884 to 13 acres (53,000 m2) on Elliot Street. According to Brampton: An Illustrated History, the Elliot Street location land was sold to the Agricultural Society by William McConnell, owner of the Brampton Driving Park.

Once a highlight for farmers, draft horse competitions were replaced in the 1920s by tractor demonstrations. Still, many of the Fair's picks for top riding horses on display went on to subsequently winning at the Canadian National Exhibition and Royal Winter Fair.

The Brampton Fall Fair Elliot Street grounds erected the Junior Farmers Building and the Memorial Arena in 1950, and the Brampton Curling Club in 1951. Because of its unique all-wood roof structure, Memorial has recently been used for a Tim Hortons Timbits hockey ad. The Canadian curling-themed feature film Men with Brooms (2002), starring Paul Gross and Leslie Nielsen, was partially filmed at the Memorial and the Brampton Curling Club. A lacrosse box was added to the ground in 1971.

Most residents associate the Brampton Fall Fair as a place for midway rides and games, more than agriculture and handicrafts. This association began in 1975, with the addition of Campbell Amusements. The 1980s brought antique car shows to the fair, whereas the 1990s brought demolition derbies.

The fair today[edit]

The Brampton Fair Grounds (now Old Fairgrounds Park) were sold to the City of Brampton in March 1992, with the exception of the Brampton Curling Club properties.

In 1995, the Region of Peel Agricultural Society bought 95.43 acres (386,200 m2) of land at Heart Lake Road and Old School Road in Caledon, Ontario, moving the fair to that location in September 1997, for its 144th season. Despite moving out of it central location, the Fair gained record attendance in some years, well justifying the extra exhibit area and parking. Just as it was a distant site for the Chinguacousy farmers in the fair's audience, the fair is now relatively out of reach for most Bramptonians. The Society claims that as the city continues to burgeon, the location will be in the midst of thousands in the new developments (Mayfield West and Southfields Village to the southwest).

The new location includes the Peel Junior Farmers Hall (6000 sq ft), meeting rooms, the Show and Sale Pavilion (33,000 sq ft), ten multi-purpose buildings, and outdoor show rings.

The Fall Fair's Homecraft Division, chaired by Pam O'Sullivan, consists of arts & crafts, photography, handicrafts, needlework, baking and kitchen craft, gardening and flowers, fruits and vegetables, quilting, arrangements, and antiques. Many of these categories have both junior and adult versions. Special categories for developmentally challenged students have been introduced recently to the fair.


There are four permanent structures on the fairgrounds:

  • Main Fair Entrance, Fair Offices and Junior Farmer Hall
  • Agricultural Display Building
  • Livestock Show and Sales Building
  • Multi Purpose Building


September 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th, 2005
Theme of ducks, "Waddle To The Fair".
Entertainers include All Star Gymnastics, Fair Idol, Jimbo the Clown, River Road Cloggers, Smudge Fundaes
2006 (TBA)
Theme of sunflowers.


  • 1853 P. Howland
  • 1854 R.C. Smith
  • 1855-57 John Vodden
  • 1858 John Tilt
  • 1859-60 James Patterson
  • 1861-63 John Tilt
  • 1864-65 R.A. Hartley
  • 1866-67 Emerson Taylor
  • 1868-69 M. Perdue
  • 1870-72 J.P. Hutton
  • 1873 Wm. Elliott
  • 1874-75 John C. Spell
  • 1876-78 Rich Hamilton
  • 1879-80 James Jackson
  • 1881 John Smith
  • 1882-85 George Cheyne
  • 1886-88 J.P. Hutton
  • 1889-90 A.F. Campbell
  • 1890-91 S.J. Person
  • 1892 John Smith
  • 1893-94 J.J. Stewart
  • 1895-98 Robt. Crawford
  • 1899-1900 J.H. Watson
  • 1901-02 W.H. Rutledge
  • 1903-04 Dr. J.F. Quin
  • 1905-06 H.C.Clarridge
  • 1907-08 J.D. Orr
  • 1909-10 H.A. Dolson
  • 1911-12 F.J. Jackson
  • 1913 J.R. Cole & L.J.C. Bull
  • 1914 L.J.C. Bull
  • 1915-16 Darius McClure
  • 1917-18 Jas. Laidlaw
  • 1919-20 Albert Hewson
  • 1921-22 W.B. McCullock
  • 1923-24 W.J. Hunter
  • 1925-26 Dr. F. Hutchinson
  • 1927-28 Thos. Dolson
  • 1929-30 James Tilt
  • 1931-32 Frank Fenwick
  • 1933-34 W. Gladstone Shaw
  • 1935-36 W.L. Wilkinson
  • 1936-37 J.W. Crashley
  • 1937-38 Alex McKinney, Jr.
  • 1939-40 Wm. Bovaird
  • 1941 Charles R. Fendley
  • 1942 Charles London
  • 1943 Haddon Pegg
  • 1944-45 J.M. Fraser
  • 1946 Douglas S. Dunton
  • 1947-49 J.N. Duncan
  • 1950-51 Oscar Graham
  • 1952-53 J.W. Wiggins
  • 1954-55 Fred Gowland
  • 1956 C.M. Hutton
  • 1957-59 J.M. Brownridge
  • 1960-61 J.J. Shaw
  • 1962-63 L.R. Livingston
  • 1964-65 John H. McCulloch
  • 1966-67 Allen A. Andrews
  • 1968-69 Richard House
  • 1970-71 Donald A. Garbutt
  • 1972-73 Wm. Brander
  • 1974-75 Jack Klassen
  • 1976-77 Wm. Taylor
  • 1978-79 John M. McClure
  • 1980-81 J. Albert Dunn
  • 1982-83 David M. Julian
  • 1984-85 John Johnson
  • 1986-87 Jean House
  • 1988 Ross Milne
  • 1989-90 Fred Kee
  • 1991-92 Joanne Currie
  • 1993-95 Wm. R. Richardson
  • 1996-97 Ken Williamson
  • 1998-99 Trevor Small
  • 2000-01 Peter Armstrong
  • 2002-03 Bill Jackson
  • 2004-05 Tereska Matthews
  • 2005-06
  • 2006-07
  • 2007-08
  • 2008-09

Secretaries of the fair[edit]

Despite the job title, the position is that of manager.

  • 1857-70 John Lynch
  • 1871 A.B. Scott
  • 1872-74 D.L. Scott
  • 1875 J.P. Clark
  • 1876-85 A. Armour
  • 1886-1901 Henry Roberts
  • 1902-10 John Cooney
  • 1911-16 Miss. M.M. Kirkwood
  • 1917-23 John H. Watson
  • 1924-25 Robt. McCullock
  • 1926-35 T.W. Thomson
  • 1936 Frank Kitto, Wilma Snyder, Assistant
  • 1937 D.E. Smith
  • 1938-44 Fred McBride
  • 1945-69 H.J. Laidlaw
  • 1970-76 Robert J. Shaw
  • 1977-82 Jack Klassen
  • 1983 Pam Grellette
  • 1983-84 Leona Allen
  • 1985-88 Diane Irwin
  • 1988-89 Norma Reinhart
  • 1989-90 Vern Breen
  • 1990-96 Ken Ewan, Brenda Bebbington, Assistant
  • 1997-2008 Brenda Bebbington

See also[edit]

Other Canadian annual fairs

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°46′12″N 79°49′46″W / 43.769900°N 79.829391°W / 43.769900; -79.829391