The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is a unique gathering of breeders, farmers, competitors and exhibitors. It is a very popular event that takes place every November at the Exhibition Place in Toronto. All the traditional favourites were there this year, such as the art of butter sculpting and, the crowd favourite, the giant vegetable contest. The petting zoo is a perfect place for families, and the fair also includes the largest indoor horse show in North America.
As soon as I entered the building, I felt a cheerful vibe in the air, and it was like I instantly became part of the farming community. At the petting zoo, kids laughed and amused themselves, and I found myself surrounded by adorable animals. At the horse show, cheers of the audience broke the tension as riders showed off their skills. I noticed myself cheering too. The diverse variety of vendors was mesmerizing. What really rendered
me speechless were the giant vegetables. Have you ever seen a pumpkin the size of a table and the weight of 51.6 pounds? You can at The Royal. Young volunteers, such as 14 year old Julie French, were also having a great time. “I love volunteering at the fair, especially since I got to work with the animals. And there’s no
trouble at all!” She exclaimed enthusiastically. For me, the energy of the crowd was so comforting, I couldn’t help but feel at ease.
Not only did I have fun, I also learned many important facts. For example, where does our food come from? At
The Royal, I learned the process our local farmers go through to supply us with the food we eat. For instance, there is a complicated procedure behind a single glass of milk-like how it was filtered and transported. It was very interesting to see how farmers classified and checked our eggs; from the chicken all the way to the box to be shipped to the store. I thought it was very cool how this event connected the city and the farm. The fair
also sends an important message that we should remember: remember, cities are fed by farms.
Amidst the agricultural experience, I stopped by the media room and discovered the “behind the scenes” of
the fair. Media staff were working hard to keep people updated and informed of what was going on at the fair as the day went on. This included updating posts on Facebook and Twitter, and texting responses to inquires.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair was such a great success. It is certainly the best way to unite farms and cities, and is an amazing combination of fun and education. I’m sure everyone will be coming back again next year, like sixteen year old Danielle Root, who expressed her enjoyment. “The fair is so well organized, and I had so much fun. I loved the horse show, the dog show, everything, and I will definitely come back next year. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair truly made my experience royal.”