Caledonia Fair returns in-person for 149th year

Ryan O’Hara of Cayuga, Hayden Stire of Dunnville, and Jesse MacDonald of Dunnville – Clark Derby Farm 

Paige Zeigler, Caitlyn DeBoer, Addison Jepson, and Alexis Dagliesh of Cayuga Secondary School

Sarah and Julia Clayton of Fisherville

Violet Pottiucary and Maggie Cowie of Caledonia


Megan Dupont, Cat Davied, Victoria Gregory, Sara Flear, and Kim Sherk of Cayuga Secondary School


Alyssa and Hayden Edge of Caledonia

Emily and Levi White of Caledonia 

Emrie and Nylah Fraser of Caledonia

2020-2021 4-H award winners

By Haldimand Press Staff

CALEDONIA—It was a weekend of fun and festivities at the Caledonia Fair. The 149th year had a theme of “The Country Fair of your Memories” and took place from Thursday, September 30 to Sunday, October 3, 2021.

“Despite some unique challenges, we’ve had a fantastic weekend,” said Jodie Easson, Past President and Marketing Director of the fair. “We would like to thank the community for their support and everyone for their patience, particularly with the delays and restrictions caused by new COVID regulations.”

Ian Thompson, Fair Manager, added, “We are exhausted after a very busy fair! The fair this year was a reminder of ‘normal’ pre-pandemic life, and while it didn’t look exactly like it usually does, our volunteers worked hard to ensure that a safe and enjoyable time was had by all.”

  The well-attended event saw visitors from across the province, coming close to meeting their previous all-time financial record for gate earnings, which was set at the last fair in 2019. The public had a beautiful Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, followed by a damp day on Sunday. Throughout the weekend visitors enjoyed various specialty shows, including SuperDogs, Lucas Wilson The Illusionist, Bandaloni, Agri Music with Markus, and other entertainers, along with the various vendors on the midway, a choice of 15 rides, numerous carnival games, Meet Your Local Farmer, exhibits, and livestock. 

With the Riverside Exhibition Centre being fully renovated in 2020, it was also the first time for many to see the finished work. 

For a discounted ticket on Thursday, fairgoers could bring a food donation. The food collection on Thursday resulted in 840 pounds of non-perishable foods being donated to the Caledonia and District Food Bank.

Additionally, the COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Clinic was onsite Saturday so people could get their first or second COVID-19 vaccination. Thompson noted, “We encourage anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do their part and get the shot. We also encourage everyone to continue to follow public health guidance so that we can truly return to normal.”  

He concluded, “We look forward to our 150th Caledonia Fair from September 29 to October 2, 2022 and hope that, if everyone does their part, it will be our best fair yet!”