Baked or pickled, fall fair contest entries welcome

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The 164th annual Fall Fair at the Great Northern Exhibition is coming up on Sept. 20-22 and there are a few things people may need to know in advance if they are planning to enter any of the competition classes.
There are dozens of classes of competition to enter, including specific classes for youth and seniors, in dance, music, arts, hobbies and crafts, culinary arts, photography and more. Check the program guide for a list of all categories and rules.
If anyone is interested in joining the ambassador competition on the Friday evening, there is still room in both the junior (Grades 6-8) and senior categories (age 18-23).
To enter, contact Maureen McLeod at 705-466-5531 or Heather Walker at 705-428-3026 right away. Cash awards of up to $1,000 are up for grabs.
Again this year is the Charlie McLeod Memorial Butter Tart Competition, sponsored by his grandchildren and hosted by Ian McLeod. Just bring nine butter tarts to the fair on Saturday, Sept. 21 between 10 a.m. and noon. There’s $500 in prizes on offer. The judging is at 12:25 p.m. and the butter tarts will be auctioned off at 1:15 p.m., with proceeds going to the new building fund to build new fairgrounds offices. (Competitors get free admission to the fair.)
“We’d really like people to enter and we’d really like people to come out,” said Maureen McLeod.
Submission for most other categories can be brought to the fairgrounds on Wednesday, Sept. 18 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please note the submission date for the Junior Fair Vegetables, Vegetables, Master Class & Fruits is on Wednesday only.
New this year, people can pre-register their entries online at
Judging will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
The Great Northern Exhibition fairgrounds are located at 2220 Fairgrounds Road, North.
Fair admission costs $10 for adults 13 and older; $4 for Youth 6-12; and Children 5 and under and 4-H members are admitted free. Three- and two-day passes are available. Advance tickets (adult, $8) are also available before Sept. 19 at Creemore Foodland; D&L Variety Nottawa; Stayner Foodland; Stayner Town and County and online at
Advance Midway tickets also available online for the first time this year by going to and look for the link to World’s Finest Midway. Friday all-you-can-ride midway tickets are available for purchase at the fairgrounds.
Organizers are asking people to leave their dogs at home. Next year there will be a full ban on pets.

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