Discovering the Fall Fair

Discovering the Fall FairFull disclosure: until last Sunday, I wasn’t even sure what a fall fair was. But the town of Milton has been holding one every September since 1864, and Younger Daughter wanted to see the horse show there. I figured this would be as good a time as any to discover what I’d been missing.

I had vague carnival-like expectations: rides, corny games, and unhealthy food. That was definitely part of it, but there were also travelling entertainers, funnel cakes and corn dogs, a ferris wheel, a dog show, and even a tractor-pulling (I think) contest. Plus the stuff that happened after we left: the bike rodeo, baby show, demolition derby, classic car show, children’s pedal tractor pull, and sheep show.

You know what’s weird? Although this all took place about 30 minutes from my house, it felt completely foreign. I couldn’t shake the idea I’d somehow fallen through a hole in the space-time continuum and was transported to a different era. The livestock and agricultural displays — complete with prize ribbons — were like something out of a Jimmy Stewart movie. There’s a whole world practically in my own backyard that I knew nothing about. And yet I shouldn’t have been so surprised: I drive past plenty of farmland several times a week (once I get off the highway) on my way to the barn where Younger Daughter’s horse lives. I just haven’t been paying attention.

So I learned something new about my little corner of the world this week. And now I’d like to share it with you, via this short video of my day at the fair.

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I'm a Canadian repatriate, former expat spouse, mother to two TCKs (and one yellow Lab), mentor to new immigrants, writer, reader, world traveller (grounded for now). I write about expat/repat issues and am still trying to figure out my place in the world.
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4 Responses to Discovering the Fall Fair

  1. Sine says:

    Maria – I love your videos! How cute, and with the music you added such a great impression of what it must have been like, much better than pictures. Thank you! And, btw, I would have been the same as you. If it wasn’t for other people inviting our family to pumpkin patches and such, I think I would never have found out where they even were. Just not seeking these things out…

    • Maria says:

      Thanks Sine. I’m trying to get my money’s worth out of the iPhone, so I use it for photos and video all the time. Then I almost die when I upload the footage and realize how poor the image quality is! Someday I’ll learn how to use a big girl camera….

  2. Mrs Sharon Larkworthy, Dubai, UAE says:

    Hello that was such fun. Thank you. We chanced on a similar one in the UK during the summer. The Bakewell agricultural show (where we tasted real Bakewell pies). It was great fun and very similar to those of my childhood in South Africa… and yours in Canada. It’s a small world, after all!

    • Maria says:

      Those chance encounters are doubly fun — lucky you! Thanks for commenting (and for sending me to Google to find out what “Bakewell pies” are :) )

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