The fairest of Fairs
We’ve been chatting to quite a few people these past few days, and it would appear that the results are in – the Uxbridge Fall Fair was a success. Of course, we don’t know exact attendance numbers or revenue earned, but the Cosmos was at the Fair from 5 p.m. on Friday night right through until 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon. And we can say pretty confidently that the Fair seemed to please everyone involved.
Firstly, absolutely no one can complain about the weather. After having been plagued the past three years with either rain or cold or both, this past weekend could not have offered up more pleasant Fall Fair weather. Lots of sunshine, but not too hot – it really was perfect.
After last year’s fiasco with the midway, we know that many regular Fair goers were a little reluctant to purchase the Day Passes that were for sale prior to the Fair opening. True, $23 for an all-day pass for the rides isn’t a fortune to spend, but with the midway being an unknown until the gates actually opened, we can understand why only 400 of the 1,000 passes available were sold ahead of time. If the Fair can procur the same midway provider next year, we’re sure this “pre-sale” feature will catch on quickly.
The midway itself featured quite a few rides (which, sadly, is more than the Sunderland or Beaverton fairs will be able to boast), but many of them seemed to cater to the under-seven crowd. Anyone above eight-years old who really wanted a thrill was left to choose between the ferris wheel (great views) and the ride that we never got the name of, but went fast around in a circle, and let out blaring siren noises every five minutes. No matter – that section of the Fair was constantly well-populated, and the lights and colours in the evening made for such a great atmosphere, it didn’t matter what the rides were.
The exhibits, as always, were amazing and inspiring. We have incredibly talented people around here, and we are lucky to acknowledge that true craftsmanship and agricultural acumen are still worked upon and treasured. The kids’ submissions are always a delight to look over, as well.
Of course, the evening events are always the big draws, and the tractor pull and demolition derby did not disappoint. We did hear that some of those who live in the subdivision next to Elgin Park called authorities to complain when the noise from the tractor pull became too much for them to handle. They should be gently reminded that the Fair has been going on in this exact same location since that subdivision was a field, and that these people likely knew a local fair occurs in the park when they chose to live in that area. It’s one night a year – get ear plugs, or go out for the evening.
Finally, not enough can be said about the amazing volunteers who so tirelessly and diligently put the whole thing together. It is, for the most part, the same people who have been doing it for years, and no doubt know the process like they know their own names. Still, it’s a labour of love, and there is not greater expression of love for a community than giving practically everything you’ve got to an event that so many can come to and enjoy. Thank you to every single one of them. You did a wonderful job.
The Cosmos would like to send sincere condolences to Councillor Pat Molloy, whose father passed away on the weekend. Many caring thoughts to you and your family at this difficult time.