Almonte Fair is one of the oldest fair in Ottawa valley region. Organized annually by the North Lanark Agricultural Society, the fair started in Carleton Place in 1840 when the Bathurst District Agricultural Society was formed. After the formation of The North Lanark Agricultural Society, the fair, in its early years, was held in Carleton Place and on the McFarlane Farm (where Boyd Jamieson now lives) for few years. But the fair was later moved to Almonte (then Ramsayville) in Lanark County when the society bought the three acres land beside the Mississippi river in 1862 in Ontario, Canada. The fair is held each year since its inception, not failing a single one.
The fair is held each year in summer during the month of July – especially mid-July. Various companies, farms, local businesses and organizations sponsor as well as donate for this event. The attraction of the fair includes display of local farm animals, sheep shearing demonstration, education barn to educate children of their food source, various rides and agricultural exhibition. For entertainment derby demolition, races, lucky draws, various pet shows and children’s game are organized. Many food stalls, pie booths and beer tents are present with music shows adding up the punch. Also the fair organizes various competitions including horticulture, crafts, needle and thread work, photography and livestock like beef cattle, horse, sheep, pigeon, grain seeds. The fair charges a nominal entry fee for visitors over the age of 13 and gives free entry for children aged 12 or under.
Keeping its tradition, NLAS produces a fair book each year prior the fair, and has managed to collect the early fair books dated back to the year of 1874 till date. This year’s Almonte Fair is going to be the 157th fair.