Summer may be coming to an end but the vibrant colours of fall are right around the corner.
On Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, Upper Canada Village will celebrate the bounty of harvest time with an amazing display of produce, art and artisan made works along with rare heritage breeds of livestock.
The public is invited to enter their fine art, preserves, handwork, vegetables and other items to see how they measure up against Village staff.
All entries must comply with 1860s guidelines which can be found and downloaded at www.uppercanadavillage.com and must be registered by 9 a.m. on Friday, September 19.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see a number of rare and unusual heritage breeds of poultry and sheep from Rare Breeds Canada and Upper Canada Village’s own Canadian horses, cows and other livestock will be on display.
Beautiful Victorian needlework and embroidery, delicious preserves, pickles and baked goods, heritage vegetables, watercolours and oil paintings, honey, cheese as well as articles showcasing early industry will be inside the Fall Fair tent recreating the atmosphere of an 1860’s Agricultural Exhibition.
Visitors won’t want to miss the Moss Motto, a large picture made from plant materials which has been carefully prepared by Village staff, and is a truly unique feature on display in the Fall Fair Tent.
Exhibits of agricultural and horticultural products, domestic manufactures and ladies’ work will be displayed throughout the day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there will be special exhibits highlighting trades and industry in the 1860’s inside the Fall Fair tent.
A full schedule of performances will keep visitors entertained throughout the day: Music at Cook’s Tavern 11:15 a.m. until noon; Abracadabra Magic by Steve Baker (on stage starting at 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.-3:45 p.m.); President’s opening remarks and Brass Band performance 1 p.m.; Cattle and Horse Show (2 p.m.); Brass Band performance (Cooks Tavern 2:15 p.m.); Children’s Games (fairgrounds 2:45 p.m.)
The Village Fall Fair “fair” prices for treats: Apples, Village-baked bread, Village cheese, cider, lemonade and fudge will all be available at only 50 cents per serving.
Children can participate in several 19th century games taking place throughout the weekend. Ring toss, three-legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races, and tug-of-war are being organized to provide young visitors with a taste of some good old-fashioned fun and tasty prizes.
Admission: Adult (13-64 yrs) $18; Senior (65 plus) $16; Youth (6-12) $12; children 5, and under free.
Upper Canada Village is open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until September 21. The Village’s Fall event, Pumpkinferno will run on select nights from Friday, October 3 through Saturday, November 1.