The Metcalfe Fall Fair

by Greg Blaney November. 26, 2018 633 views

In late September we visited friends in Ottawa. One of the activities they had planned was to take us to Metcalfe to visit their fall fair. Metcalfe is a small rural community that is actually within the boundaries of Greater Ottawa. The fair had everything a country fair should have - animals, 4H exhibitions, food, competitions, rides and fun! Being a city born and raised guy, we don't see many teams of heavy horses thundering down our streets. So naturally, I was drawn to the horses. It was a pleasant and interesting day at the Metcalfe Fall Fair. Here are some photos...........

We went into an exhibition hall that had a lot of kids competitions – colouring, sewing, candle making, etc. It was fun to see what they had done. I really like this chicken colouring contest. The brown one in the middle bottom obviously didn’t win but did get a ribbon for her efforts.

We went into an exhibition hall that had a lot of kids competitions – colouring, sewing, candle making, etc. It was fun to see what they had done. I really like this chicken colouring contest. The brown one in the middle bottom obviously didn’t win but did get a ribbon for her efforts.

Being Autumn, what would a Fall Fair be without a pumpkin colouring contest? The young artists who entered their pumpkins really have great creativity.

Being Autumn, what would a Fall Fair be without a pumpkin colouring contest? The young artists who entered their pumpkins really have great creativity.

My preferred breakfast in the morning is a bowl of cereal – specifically Shreddies. So, you can imagine my delight to discover this barn built primarily out of SHREDDIES!! Had to take a picture of that one.

My preferred breakfast in the morning is a bowl of cereal – specifically Shreddies. So, you can imagine my delight to discover this barn built primarily out of SHREDDIES!! Had to take a picture of that one.

So, pumpkins (or punkins as some people call them) are a curious item. Some are small (see photo 2 up) and some grow huge. This little boy gives some context to the size of the 597.5 pound (271 kg) pumpkin behind him.

So, pumpkins (or punkins as some people call them) are a curious item. Some are small (see photo 2 up) and some grow huge. This little boy gives some context to the size of the 597.5 pound (271 kg) pumpkin behind him.

Stuffed mushrooms on the bbq. To our surprise, they were handing them out for free!!

Stuffed mushrooms on the bbq. To our surprise, they were handing them out for free!!

When you’re at the fair, you’ve got to indulge in something that is guaranteed to give your cardiologist a heart attack. In my case, I chose something only half bad – what the fair calls a fruit and chocolate fondue.

When you’re at the fair, you’ve got to indulge in something that is guaranteed to give your cardiologist a heart attack. In my case, I chose something only half bad – what the fair calls a fruit and chocolate fondue.

Tractors seem to be an appropriate vehicle to have a contest of their own. And it’s natural, I guess, that an antique rusty tractor should take the first place ribbon.

Tractors seem to be an appropriate vehicle to have a contest of their own. And it’s natural, I guess, that an antique rusty tractor should take the first place ribbon.

Alright, on to the horses. There was a little racing oval that was the venue for the smaller horses. This photo shows these tiny ponies (Shetlands maybe?) being shown by their owners to the delight of all who were watching.

Alright, on to the horses. There was a little racing oval that was the venue for the smaller horses. This photo shows these tiny ponies (Shetlands maybe?) being shown by their owners to the delight of all who were watching.

The oval wasn’t just for the little horses. These photos (above and below) show magnificent horses strutting their stuff –one pulling a sulkie and the other pulling an antique four wheeled cart.

The oval wasn’t just for the little horses. These photos (above and below) show magnificent horses strutting their stuff –one pulling a sulkie and the other pulling an antique four wheeled cart.

The heavy horses seemed to attract a lot of attention. This beautiful pair are pulling their wagon along the entrance way to the main ring.

The heavy horses seemed to attract a lot of attention. This beautiful pair are pulling their wagon along the entrance way to the main ring.

A team of four thunders by, their steps in perfect unison (above and below)

A team of four thunders by, their steps in perfect unison (above and below)

Blinders ensure that they keep going straight (I guess).

Blinders ensure that they keep going straight (I guess).

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Heike 2 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful post, Greg! I know for sure, that would be a fair for me! Love all the different activities you showed here! And I totally fall in love with the brown modern-art chicken in #1! smileThe horses are all so beautiful, especially the heavy horses. I enjoyed all the photos very much ! Thanks!

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Greg Blaney Replied to Heike 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Heike, glad you liked this post. I'm afraid my horse pictures don't quite meet the standard set by you on your 'Gentle Giants and Furrows' post from October. I've got a little bit of work to do.

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