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Images of the 2008 Markham Fair

article and photos by Grant Weaver, spent Saturday, October 4th at the Markham Fair and enjoyed the wide variety of exhibits, events and demonstrations that make it a high point in the year for our community.

   The first Markham Fair was held in 1844 and, 164 years later, it is one of the largest agricultural fairs in Canada. 

   Many events and attractions were designed to draw families, and especially children, who are not from a farming tradition. Visitors also had the opportunity to view, touch and experience the many agricultural exhibits, and to learn more about how food is produced. These included cow milking and sheep shearing demonstrations. At “Old MacDonald’s Farm” you got up close and personal with the whole range of farm livestock — baby chicks, pigs (including a sow with a nursing litter of ten), sheep, goats, cattle and horses. 

   The Entertainment Tent and Outdoor Stage featured great acts throughout the day.


The spectacular six-horse teams are one of the highlights of the Fair.
limbering up for the light horse competition Craig McDougall with Belgian brood mare Misterstia
Nothing to be sheepish about!  Lloyd Skinner 
and his prize-winning North Country Cheviots.
Two year old Evan sees eye to eye with his four-legged friend.
Chris Reesor has hooked up the milking machine to Bessie and the fresh milk pours into the tank (above blue tube). Lorne Smith invites kids to feel the fresh warm milk.
Juggler Kobbler Jay elevates his game. Here is one chicken who is as proud as a peacock.
Alpacas in the Livestock Building Lunch time at the Old McDonald's Farm
The amazing Lincoln Leapers give new meaning
 to the phrase "Skip it!"
BMX rider stunts
George Reesor explains a 1908 Moody gas engine
which was used to drive a livestock feed grinder
a 1918 drag saw in action
a typical Markham draft animal .... Here is enough to keep the whole town of Markham in
 pumpkin pie for a month!
Elaine Rennie Preston from the photography committee
shows us some of the more than 2,000 entries.
Jolene Johnson, Brianne Bell and Katie Will told us all 
about the York chapter of the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario.
Carole Trueman, Sandra Wilson (both in red) and Carlene Flynn from the Christmas Collections committee Marjorie Carter and Joyce McDowell display
 some of the many beautiful craft exhibits.
Janet Starkey and Elisabeth Truesdell 
demonstrate their many skills.
Don Zecchino from Aurora, carver extraordinaire
Kick Up A Fuss cloggers got everybody's toes tapping. conductor Doug Manning with the Markham Concert Band
Monster Truck ride! Getting into the swing of the Midway!
Rock climbers achieving new heights! Jeff and Melissa Whitaker, with son Jackson and their newly-won pet!
Stephen with sons Daniel and Jacob
and their hard-won prizes
Timothy Chiu, York Region Police auxiliary constable, 
gave Fair visitors a tour of a YRP vehicle. 

The Toronto Banjo Band puts in a plucky performance.

Floating above the crowd

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