In 1808, the first Williamstown Fair took place on the streets of Williamstown, Ontario. Now, from August 11 to 13, the St. Lawrence Valley Agricultural Society will present its 206th annual event.

The fair is known for being “a heritage fair with a family-friendly atmosphere,” which comes as no surprise. A few highlights of this year’s programme: on Thursday evening, live entertainment by the County Lads and a local horse show; on Friday, Glengarry’s 4H demos and displays are on all day, plus a sugar shanty, beach volleyball for kids, equine showcases and a petting zoo. Saturday starts with two more horse shows, then antique machinery displays, a Children’s Woodworking Workshop, a talent contest, and a K-9 Agility Demo; and in the evening, a free corn roast. Sunday will be much the same, except for certain activities such as sheep herding and shearing, a Hamster Show, and tug-of-war in the afternoon.

Various acts and events will take place on Centre Stage throughout the weekend, ranging from musical groups such as South Glengarry Pipes and Drums to various competitions, for example the Baby Contest, Costume Judging and a Chili Contest.

Each day, the Fair starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 1:00 the next morning (with the exception of Sunday, when it closes at 6 p.m.) The Williamstown Fair Grounds are located at 19629 John Street (County Road 17) in Williamstown. Tickets are $12 a day or $25 for a weekend pass, with children under 12 entering for free. For more information, or to volunteer, visit