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woman holding rabbit at the royal agricultural winter fair The bird show and the rabbit show take place on the final Monday.

How long since you last visited the the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – the largest indoor agricultural fair in the world?

There’s so much to do, enjoy and learn – from some of the finest equestrian events in the world, to sheep-herding, to the tricks of the PC SuperDogs®, to seeing real farm animals up close and touchable.

Will you get a kick of them? Oh, yeah! Bring your grandkids, and you’ll get a kick out of them getting a kick out of the animals.

There’ll be some 5,000 animals – but not all at once. The beef cows, swine and goats are on from Friday to Monday; the dairy cows and sheep mosey in on Tuesday; The bird show and the rabbit show take place on the final Monday. A smaller number of these animals will be at The Royal from start to finish, but the competition animals work a tight schedule.

Six-horse hitch at the horse show at the royal agricultural winter fair.

Six-horse hitches.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the pinnacle of country fairs

Competition is at the heart of the fair. As The Royal says of itself, “A win at The Royal means something, regardless of whether you’re pickling, jamming, raising beef or driving six-horse hitches.”

Every year, 300,000 people come to The Royal Agricultural Fair to celebrate the very best food, livestock and horsemanship this country has to offer.

fluffy white sheep the royal agricultural winter fair.

Fluffy white sheep at The Royal Agricultural Winter fair.

You haven’t seen sheep until you’ve gawked at over 400 of them at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair!

And goats? Who doesn’t love goats? The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will have over 250 to welcome, nuzzle and delight your grandkids.

close up photo of cows at The Royal Agricultural Winter fair.

Getting up close to the cows at The Royal Agricultural Winter fair.

Get up close to cows, sheep, goats and more at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Most of us experience cows as part of the drive-by scenery. Not at The Royal. Nine different breeds of dairy and beef cattle will compete for the Gold Ribbon in their class.

Behind the scenes - the meticulous washing, brushing and shining up that goes into making a winner at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Behind the scenes – the meticulous washing, brushing and shining up that goes into making a winner at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

You’ll get a close-up look at the meticulous washing, brushing and shining up that goes into making a winner. If you’ve only ever seen a cow through your car window on your way out of town, you may be surprised at how huge these beautiful animals are up close.

Judging at the cattle competition The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Judging at the cattle competition The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Can you even imagine 172 different breeds of farm birds?

That isn’t chicken feed! You’ll see and hear them: standard poultry, bantams, pigeons and waterfowl. Every time I see a chicken of an out-of-the-ordinary breed, I’m amazed by how beautiful that humble bird can be.

The Royal Horse Show: world class, period.

The horse stables at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

The horse stables at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

With over 1,000 competitors – Olympians among them – and over $950,000 in prizes, The Royal Horse Show is North America’s premier indoor equestrian event.

Primping for the big event - behind the scenes The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Primping for the big event – behind the scenes The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

There’ll be show jumping, eventing and dressage – and something you’ve likely never seen before: the K9-Equine Challenge, featuring the President’s Choice ® SuperDogs ®.

Dogs and horses are teamed. Each attacks its course – horses over horse jumps, dogs over dog obstacles. The fastest combined time wins. Thrilling! And remember – the dog has no rider guiding it. Think about it.

Real live sheep herding at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Real live sheep herding at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Real live sheep-herding!

I’ve seen dogs herding sheep only in movies. But I did work with a film director who was raised on a farm and had a border collie. He said the dog was the equivalent of another hired hand. This is on my to-see list.

But wait! There’s more! The whole family also will love the Birds of Prey, Rabbit Jumping, Medieval Times, Australian Horseman Guy McLean, The Toronto Mounted Police, Beginner Horsecraft, and of course, everyone’s favourite – President’s Choice®SuperDogs®. FREE with general admission to the Fair.

Bull riding at the The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Bull riding at the The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Think you can go eight second atop 2000 lbs. of bucking bull?

OK, so that may not appeal as a retirement sideline. How about becoming a rodeo clown, whose job is – are you ready for this? – to make himself a distracting target for the raging bull and protect the thrown rider. Heroic! Throat-catching! Inspiring! Your grandkids will be amazed. The Royal’s Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo is the place to be on November 11th. Way better than video games.

Check out the free samples at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Check out the free samples at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Famished?

There’s lots of free sampling you can enjoy among The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair’s cheesemakers, jammers and creators of all kinds of specialty foods. But, if you’re still hungry, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair offers you nine restaurants and a Food Court.

The food court at The Royal Agricultural Winter fair

The food court at The Royal Agricultural Winter fair

The Royal’s Food Court offers budget-friendly fast food from many of the best-known chains and some specialty kitchens, But if you’d like to give your grandchildren a taste of something more impressive, The Royal’s nione restaurants range from black-tie dressy to family-friendly and farmer style.

Tons of entertainment for country music fans.

The big-ticket events are evening shows. The highlight is the first stop on Tim Hicks’s “Get Loud,” tour presented by Boots & Hearts. Check out the other performances and fun, including square dancing.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – November 2 through November 11, 2018

  • Monday to Saturday: 9am–9pm
  • Sun. Nov. 04: 9am–8pm
  • Sun. Nov. 11: 9am–6pm

Admission

  • Regular Adult: $27.50
  • Regular Senior: $20.00
  • Regular Youth: $16.00
  • Regular Family: $60.00

Horse Show starting from $32.50, includes General Admission to the Fair Plus applicable fees.

For more details on Hours and general admission

Learn more about the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Special packages

Wherever you board your GO Train, you get a return fare and general admission to The Royal for $38.50 plus tax and $1.25 service fee per item. Better still, GO takes you right to Exhibition Place. Valid for buyers 17-64 years of age.

For two adults and two kids, it’s $94.00 lus tax and a $3.99 service fee.

Living in Richmond Hill, I know that drive to Exhibition Place can be tiresome. And then there’s the cost of parking. So that GO deal looks mighty good to me. On the other hand, the Seniors General Admission is only $20, so do the math and see what works best to you.

By the way, there’s underground parking in Exhibition Place, so, if you do drive, you won’t have to trudge miles to get to the door.

CAA has a deal offering up to 20% off ticket prices to members.

If you have mobility issues, The Royal has your back.

The 2018 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is open for all mobility aids. Equipment and guide/service animals are also welcome.

Free wheelchairs are available on a first come basis via Room A2 in the Galleria (just to the West of our Main Entrance). In addition, motorized wheelchairs are available to rent through Exhibition Place’s Exhibitors Support Centre at 416-410-6612 outside Galleria Hall B.

I’ve talked myself into going to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair again. How about you?

I like country fairs. I’ve been too busy to take in the area’s outdoor fairs this fall. But The Royal is the biggest indoor agricultural fair in North America. With the leaves pretty much gone, it’s a sign that it’s time for The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair again.

See you at the Fair!

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