With fall is around the corner, so too is the 164th Brampton Fall Fair. And long-standing volunteer and current president Al Woolley is especially excited for what’s planned.
Originally from Thornhill, Woolley got involved with the Fair when he was a member of the area Lions Club. The group helped organize the Brampton Home Show, which took part at the fairgrounds. Woolley was encouraged to help with the Fair, and he fell in love with the event.
He’s been a helping with the fair for the past sixteen years and is eighteen months into his two-year term as president.
Woolley is quick to acknowledge that the success of the Fair is largely due to the long hours put in by an army of volunteers.
“We have about 200 fantastic volunteers – from friends, family, board members, and members of the broader community all who are really dedicated,” said Woolley. He adds this includes high school students whose time goes toward the volunteer hours needed for a provincial diploma.
The historic fair first took place in 1853 and is organized by the Region of Peel Agriculture Society. Prior to the present location, the Fair was positioned in the heart of Brampton, before the city decided the land was better for other uses. In fact, there were about half a dozen permanent locations over the course of the Fair’s history. The board members found the current parcel of 100 acres where the Fair has been operating for twenty years.
From September 14 to 17, this year’s fair will offer a variety of interesting things to see or do. The list includes the thrilling midway, wonderful livestock and horse shows, the exciting demolition derby, along with the beautiful classic car show. Homecraft competitions and children’s entertainers can also be enjoyed. Numerous food and product vendors will be on hand.
Campbell Amusements, now in its 45th year of operation, will be returning to manage the midway.
The growing fans of wrestling will be pleased to know they have not been forgotten. A surprise wrestling match will soon be detailed on the fair’s web site, along with ticket information.
Organizers say the Fair will see about 18,000 attendees, with this year’s special theme surrounding Canada 150.
“The theme this year will be especially meaningful for all of us who recognize the many cultures which make up our great country,” Woolley noted.
The Brampton Fair Grounds are at 12942 Heart Lake Road in Caledon.
Parking is free. For ticket information and the event schedule, visit BramptonFair.com.