This fall, escape down winding country roads where a kaleidoscope of vibrant autumn colours reveals a new side of Elgin County. The cooler temperatures, crisp fresh air, and the vibrancy of Elgin County’s autumnal countryside offers residents and visitors alike with the perfect backdrop for fall fairs and harvest festivals.
In September, get ready to giddy-up because Western Elgin is the place to be! With two fall fairs, there are thrills to be sought around every wind-swept corner in Elgin County.
The second weekend in September brings three days of exhilaration to the charming town of Rodney, where residents are eager to share their rural roots with those new and returning to rural life. The 165th Rodney Fair, held on September 13th – 15th, includes a variety of activities including a tractor pull, parade, sheep show, miniature horse and cattle show, demolition derby, and lots of entertainment for all to enjoy.
Continue the fun in the quaint village of Wallacetown September 27th – 29th at the 159th Wallacetown Fair. With a theme of Barn Doors & Dirt Floors, this vaunted about fair is the perfect excuse to catch a glimpse of the agriculture industry, see animals up close, engage in rural culture, and take in some fresh country air. With thrilling midway rides and a lively beef cattle and sheep show, local crafters and fresh-baked goods, there is something for everyone to relish in at the Wallacetown Fair.
As the fairs begin to fade, and harvest season draws near, Elgin becomes home to numerous fascinating harvest festivals, held across the County. From honey and apples to wine and pumpkins, these events tickle the taste buds and feature lots of entertainment.
In the friendly town of Aylmer, Clovermead’s Annual Honey Harvest Festival boasts an adventure farm and plenty of family-friendly activities. Attendees can see how honey is harvested, beeswax candles are dipped, live beehives are opened, and become fascinated by bee beard demonstrations. Spend a Saturday from September 21st – October 26th or even Thanksgiving Monday at Clovermead’s Pumpkin Festival, to enjoy a wagon ride, bee train ride, or get lost in the corn maze.
To experience all that fall in Elgin has to offer, visit one of the many local farms or farmers’ markets to participate in their fall harvest; pick the perfect pumpkin right from the patch, enjoy a wagon ride with the kids, or meander your way through a corn maze. Elgin is home to lots of family fun; visit www.elgintourist.com/events to discover why life is beautiful in Elgin County.