Upper Canada Village switches seasons with Fall Fair this weekend

Quilts on display at the recent Stormont County Fair. See more quilts this weekend at Upper Canada Village. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

MORRISBURG — Upper Canada Village will wrap up the summer season this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 17-18) with its 1860s Fall Fair, Quilt Show and Upper Canadian Beard Championship.  

The fair is an opportunity for the Village to celebrate and showcase historical breeds of livestock, industrial progress, traditional handwork, period vegetable and flowers.  Visitors are invited also showcase their own produce using 1860s fair categories and rules (deadline for submission is noon, Thursday, (Sept. 15).  There are categories for fine art, preserves, handwork, vegetables and other items, as detailed on the Village website

An opening ceremony, special music, old-fashioned games, and magic shows will provide additional entertainment in the fairgrounds.   New this year, Upper Canada Village is pleased to host the Upper Canada District (Ontario) Canadian Horse Breeder’s  Association Futurity and Show on Saturday, Sept. 17.  Starting at 10 a.m., the Show will take place in the field east of the Cheese Factory, allowing patrons a chance to meet and see this country’s National Horse in action, and chat with the owners. and meet the horses.

A highlight of the Fall Fair is the Annual Quilt Show.  Quilting guilds from Eastern Ontario will exhibit an exceptionally beautiful array of contemporary works at the Family Activity Centre. Upper Canada Village will display selected antique quilts and historical reproductions from the Village’s own collection.

Returning this year will be Upper Canadian Beard Championship. The competition is all in fun and is based on creativity, infused with an historical spirit and a healthy sense of humour.  Upper Canada Village’s time period, the mid-19th century, was a grand moment for male facial hair.  Welcome to enter one or more of seven different categories to show off their facial hair, contestants must arrive at Cook’s Tavern no later than 1 p.m.

Fall Fair treats will include fresh apples, Village-baked bread, Village-made cheese, cider, lemonade and fudge — all at just 50 cents per serving.

The Village is open 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, until Sept. 20. Admission charges apply.


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