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Time for some Fall Fair fun! And I got to go twice this weekend, once with my parents and today because I was bored and thought it would be a great idea to meander around the fair grounds.

After dropping $40 on Ride tickets, Aurora and I went on some Carnival ride adventures. All day ride passes would be so awesome but they do not sell them which is very unfortunate. But Norwood still boasts of having one of the biggest Fall Fairs around. $40 got us on a total of  7 rides. We went on the Scrambler, Himalayan (The ride pictured above) the Fire Truck, Swings, Dragon Coaster, Obstacle course and flying Elephants. My Daughter was JUST tall enough for the scrambler and Himalayan and those were the two rides she had most fun on. My kid is definitely a little thrill seeker. I see Canada’s Wonderland Passes in the near future.

After the rides my daughter played a game. $5 wins you a cheap prize but I’ve seen worse quality prizes. She played the fishing game where you get the fish with a magnet on the end of a line. She was more happy to play the game than win a prize.

We then went and walked around, looking at a few crafts. We Grabbed a bite to eat, went on a few more rides and then headed home.

Day 2 at the fair was more eventful, although we did not go on any rides. It was a day to go out and enjoy the sights of the fair. Plus the Park in Town happens to be located within the fair grounds and I really wanted to take my daughter to the park as it was such a beautiful day. So we headed on over to the fair grounds. We checked out the Heavy Horse pull where big Belgians and Clydesdales  pull heavy loads as far as they can go. They were up to 7000 lbs when we showed up and some horses were able to pull them about 15 feet. The Horses are always rearing to go and really seem to enjoy the work. Draft horses are absolutely gorgeous and they put on a wonderful show.

Above the Horses pull cement blocks.

The Precision Horse team was also in attendance putting on a show. Young riders performed by getting their horses to walk in pattern. It was like a synchronized dance with Horses.

And what’s a fall fair without a petting zoo? The bunnies were being handled so much and I actually felt bad for them. This year there were no baby chickens for the kids to handle. My daughter was gentle with the baby bunny and they were quite content being handled. They did not freak out at all. There were also Miniature horses, Llamas, pigs, goats etc to pet.

Aurora went and got her face painted and got a balloon animal for free. She was quite happy with the Rainbow and Butterfly on her face. I grabbed myself a Wrap from the Wrap-it-up-and-go booth (Our local and most favorite fast food joint) and then we headed over to the park.

Aurora played at the park while I ate my wrap. Behind her in the baseball field there were helicopter rides. For an 8 minute ride I think it cost $70. But I’m sure that whoever went for the short ride felt it was worth it! I would have LOVED to see my little town from the sky.

We then went to have a look at the crafts and fall fair entries. There were HUGE pumpkins as well as tonnes of other really neat entries.

There was also this really cool owl! We got to pet the owl. 🙂

We had a wonderful day at the Norwood Fall Fair. It was time well spent. And on the way home we came across a rare vehicle. An actual working Chevette! A red Chevette! I was in so much shock I just had to take a picture of the car as proof that Chevettes are still on the road! :O

 

It’s Fall and that means small towns all over Canada have their annual Fall Fair festivities. Small towns all over Ontario celebrate the harvest by hosting Fairs, and one of the biggest and most popular of these fairs for a small town is the Norwood Fall Fair which is held every year on Thanksgiving weekend. Norwood has a population of approximately 4000 people (Although the sign says 1300) And every October thousands of visitors flock to this small town in Peterborough County to attend the Fair.

The Fair kicks off with a parade on Saturday at Noon, although the fair grounds open earlier in the day. The Small streets of Norwood are packed with locals and visitors to view the Parade before they enter the fair grounds. The Parade is bigger than the Town’s Santa Clause Parade. The Parade is about a half hour to 45 minutes in length and is filled with Floats, Classic Cars and Tractors, Horses, Pipe and drum bands and some really neat and funny attractions like the Hillbilly Mobile and the double sided car (The car has two front ends).

The Parade starts off with a few firetrucks, It isn’t a parade unless there are fire trucks. The Reeve comes driving past in his fancy car, as do a few other politicians. The First float holds the Norwood Fair ambassador, a new one is crowned every year.

The Pipe bands are always a big hit, Bag Pipes just have to be in every parade.  I always look forward to hearing the sound of the melodious pipe band.

The Hillbilly Mobile is always a huge hit. The vehicle is made of wood, has everything a Hill Billy needs and water is squirted out of stuffed skunks on the top of th vehicle. Yes the Skunks tail actually raises and sprays water at the crowd.

A lot of hard work goes into the creation of Floats. This year’s Theme is Wagon Wheels to Ferris wheels. The best floats win prizes. There were many spectacular floats in this years parade.

The Norwood Lions Club always makes a great float as well as put on a wonderful performance. They bring lots of laughter and smiles to the crowd.

Mini Cars, Antique cars and antique tractors were all out in full force creating many Ooohs and Ahhhs.

The Norwood Fall fair is Derrinately a great place to be on Thanksgiving weekend. I will be going to the fair grounds tomorrow to go on some Carnival rides, play some games, Check out all the attractions and eat some fair style food. There is plenty to do at the Norwood fair, lots of vendors, a huge display of local craft and agriculture entries, horse shows, livestock shows, the Hot Diggity Dog Flyball compitition, Lawn Mower races and much more. And this weekend is a beautiful weekend and it already looks like the Norwood fair might beat another attendance record!

See you at the fair!

One of my favorite places to be is at my Inlaws’ Farm in Marmora Ontario. Whether it’s just hanging out inside on a rainy day or going outside to explore the many possibilities we always have such a wonderful time. It is a great place for little explorers too. Aurora loves to visit her Aunties (Crystal 6, Kassy 11 and Missy 14) and her friend Marissa who is 4. Aurora and her Auntie Crystal went to visit some of the horses on the farm. Crystal’s Miniature Horse, Baby Spirit, is one of their favorites. He can be ridden bare back or with a saddle, usually we opt for no saddle as he’s easy enough to just lead around with a small kid on his back.

The Cats on the farm had kittens 2 months ago and there are still 7 kittens roaming about. Most run and hide from the kids but there is one orange kitten and the two dark Calicos that are absolute sweethearts. Always purring and looking for attention. The kittens need new homes but if they can’t find homes some will probably stay and help with rodent control. Looks like the kitties may need names.

Ham and Eggs are the newest additions to the farm, although they have already been there a few months. Ham is the multicolour piggy and he is the male while Eggs is the Brown piggy and she is female. Hopefully they will breed cute little pigletts. Lucky For Ham he is now too old to go to the Butcher shop so he may end up being a stud. I know, people hate that cute piggies have to go to the butcher shop but where do you think your bacon comes from? Most likely pig factories where the pigs never see the light of day. Farm pigs get to roam free, have plenty of room and they are not fed feed that contains who knows what. Will we eat some of the piggies…maybe.But for now they are just the happiest piggies alive and LOVE attention and food.

The above pictures are some of the long term borders. The Grey Horse is Beny, the Chestnut is Satin Girl. Benny and Satin are using a team work method to keep flies out of their faces. They are using each other’s tails. Many horses actually pair up to do this. Seeing as how horses never seem to keep their fly masks on, using team work seems to be helpful. The paint Pony is Irish.


Here we have our girls Sweets (Left) and Zen. Sweets is the most amazing horse for riding, she is PERFECT for any beginer rider of any age. Not very many have ever fallen off Sweets. Zen on the other hand, many have taken a fall on her BUT she’s a quarter horse so the falls weren’t that bad. She just has the tendancy to go all western attitude on people. Zen is a beautiful horse with a whole lot of spunk. My family aquired her when her owner gave her up due to cancer(her pervious owner has Cancer). Zen’s owner could no longer look after her so Zen is now a Permanent Resident on the farm, she couldn’t have been brought to a better place, many people give her and all the other horses plenty of TLC.

Lucy (Left) and Sal (Right) are the newest Boarders on the farm. Both are quarter horses and are total sweet hearts! They absolutely LOVE ear scratches and hugs.

Dean is the oldest Horse at the farm, I do believe he is 30 years old now. He is a retired race horse, Dean has led a great life and is now spending his retirement at Wolf Creek where he gets to eat fresh green grass and greet new commers. The Horse on the right is Atticus, one of the Colts in training here at the farm. He is in for halter training then will be sent off somewhere else for more training. He has gotten much better since he first arrived, he now greets everyone and does not spook as easily.

And last but not least, what is a farm without Chickens and roosters? The roosters wake everyone up at 6am then crow all day. The hens provide everyone with free run eggs. These are free range chickens, they go where they please. There is nothing more rewarding than eating a free ranged egg. It’s good to know that your eggs don’t come from an egg farm that crams all their hens away. There are currently 6 hens and 4 roosters. The colourful one is Pare and he is the dominant rooster.

I left out two horses in the blog, Dublin a colt in for training and Drew one of the permant residents. Did not have good pictures of the boys but maybe next time. There sure is lots to do at the farm. Whether it’s trying to fix the tractor, the lawn mower or just enjoying the majestic horses, Wolf Creek is the place to be. But mainly we go because there is nothing more rewarding than time spent with family. We all have such a blast, the farm life is a great life. hard work most times but so very rewarding.