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'Country home' feeling makes fall fair a hit (16 photos)

'It’s a place for the community to come together, to mingle and socialize,' says organizer of Severn Bridge Fall Fair, a fall staple for almost 150 years

Everyone loves a fair – especially an old-fashioned country fair, according to Michelle Robinson of Kilworthy.

This is how she describes the annual Severn Bridge Fall Fair, a celebration of local farm life that has been around for almost 150 years. Robinson is the president of the Severn Bridge Agricultural Society that presents the annual fair.

“It’s that country home feeling that everyone loves about the Severn Bridge Fair,” explained Robinson of the popular annual event.

“It’s a place for the community to come together, to mingle and socialize. Big fairs are different. What we offer is something that everyone can easily enjoy, including the local residents and even cottagers who vacation or drive through the area.”

After visiting the fair for the first time, I would also describe it as “the friendliest, prettiest little fair around.” The effort put into creating a colourful, fun fall fair environment is as impressive as the volunteers who are clearly happy to be contributing their time, skill and creativity to the event.

“Ron the Candy Man has been coming here for over 40 years,” said Robinson. “He says he has to come here – it’s the best fair!” Ron Morrison is one of the food vendors who offered popular fair goodies like snow cones, candy floss and ice-cream.

The Severn Bridge Fall Fair takes place each fall on the first Saturday after the Labour Day weekend. It’s a one-day event, from 9 am to 5 pm and is located at the Severn Bridge Fairgrounds on Southwood Road. Mark your calendars for next year!

In the meantime, you can still get to a local fall fair. The Coldwater Fall Fair takes place Sept. 23 to 25 and the Elmvale Fall Fair happens on Thanksgiving weekend.