After two years, the Harrow Fair is back.
The end of summer fair is back for the first time since 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 editions.
“A lot of meetings are going to be happening this year,” said Emily Dennotter, one of Harrow Fair’s board directors. “I’ve seen a lot of people hugging and saying, ‘I haven’t seen you since the last Harrow Fair!’ It’s great to see the community come together.”
This year’s fair will be the 166th edition of the event. About 1,500 people are expected.
Before the opening of the fair to the public, 70 competitions were held. The judges scored all kinds of food, animals, and art. The biggest draw is the pie contest.
The 25 pies that were in the competition will be auctioned on Thursday evening. Politicians are expected to attend and place bids.
All proceeds from the pie auction will be donated to the John McGivney Children’s Center in Windsor. Helen Klomp, one of the pie judges, said winning bids for the pies could reach over $3,000. The 2019 auction brought in $32,210.
Highlights on the role of judge include poultry and pigeons, as well as pumpkins.
Linus of Peanuts was not available, but the judges took it upon themselves to choose the best water bottle.
There will be plenty of action as the fair continues throughout the weekend. Rides such as the Ferris wheel will be at the All Canadian Entertainment Midway.
The fair runs until Sunday, September 4. Admission is $10, children 12 and under are free.