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About Us

About Us


The Port Perry Agricultural Society Board of Directors, members and numerous volunteers organize and run the Port Perry Fair. The Society was established in 1853 and is a member of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies.  This year marks the 166th anniversary of the fair.

We always welcome new board members and volunteers, it is a great way to get involved in your community and have fun at the same time.  Please contact secretaryppfair@powergate.ca  for more information or refer to our Supporting the Fair page on assisting the fair.


Fairs began as a place of fellowship, exhibition and trade. Ever since the use of oxen and carts and boats shipping goods, market places were agreed upon at designated places and times. Fairs, few and far between had to deal with poor road conditions and thieves along the way. Fairs operated under the protection of a strong war Lord or Count.  The Count would extract a fair ‘fee’ from the participants for his protection. Fairs differed from carnivals and markets having emphasis on exhibition, fellowship and trade. Many towns were populated around the areas that held fairs, carnivals or markets.

Agricultural Fairs specialized in agricultural products and needs. There were only a few times during a year when the farmer was free from the demands of keeping livestock or tending fields to make the difficult trip along rustic tracks to a distant fair. People in the business of buying goods from the farms and those selling wares to farmers would attend fairs. They brought with them enough comforts to entertain themselves and others to make attending the fairs both fun as well as profitable. Impromptu athletic contests and races would evolve into an evening of singing and dancing.

At the turn of the century, a county would divide its agricultural areas into local regions of 12 or 15 miles in diameter, which was the average distance a farmer could travel in a day to bring his produce. This concept established many little township fairs throughout the area. The Province of Ontario still has over 200 local fairs run by individual Agricultural Societies.

For a list of all the fairs in our District 4 area or elsewhere, please visit the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies at ontariofairs.org.


The Agricultural Society runs the Port Perry Fair each year with the purpose of fostering the feeling of community, educating people on rural life and agriculture and offering a fun weekend for all Port Perry residents and surrounding areas. We educate the public on agricultural and farm life by providing and encouraging participation in demonstrations and events.  Farm animal shows and contests include the  4-H Beef and Dairy shows, Heavy Horse show, Horse Pulls, Junior Dairy show and the Ontario County Holstein Show.  There is a children’s fiddle contest, demonstrations of clogging and country and western entertainment.  We include such popular events as the Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull, and the Extreme Rodeo and of course, the midway. The home craft exhibition draws participation from all age groups. Please refer to the Fair Book for more information on this year’s events and competitions.

*Thank you to The Scugog Standard for use of their pictures on the website.

Fair Book

The Fair Book is your complete guide to the fair!


Here is a printable entry form too  CLICK HERE

The 2019 Port Perry Fair

Click the image above to download your copy of The 2019 Port Perry Fair book.
Pet Show

Back by popular request is the Port Perry Pet Show, on Monday, September 2nd. All kinds of pets are welcome! Each pet must be accompanied by a child aged 12 or under, and be on a leash or in a cage. Prizes will be given out for the 1st ($15), 2nd ($10) and 3rd ($5) place winners. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the show begins at 10 a.m. in the Entertainment Shelter.

There are eight categories:

  1. Best Costume
  2. Best Trick – A trick of your choosing, show off your pet’s talent!
  3. Best Pet Joke – Young owners, tell us your funniest material!
  4. Most Unusual Pet – Any and all varieties of pet are welcome!
  5. Temptation Alley/Least Obedient Pet – come prepared to lead your pet (on a leash) past a tempting array of treats and toys. The pet who successfully completes the gauntlet in the fastest time wins!
To enter exhibits into the fair, the fee will now be $7 for adults. It’s still free for children. You may enter as many exhibits as you like, plus this gives you admission to the fair for ONE day.
Admission Prices:
Adult (14 and over) $13 per day
Child (5-13 years) $5 per day
Adult Weekend Pass $32 (all weekend INCLUDING the concert)
Child Weekend Pass $10
Parking $4 per day
Bring your exhibit entries and register at the same time. We have tags to fill in, books and help!
       FRI. AUGUST 30 – 4-7 PM
       SAT. SEPT 1 – 9-10 AM
       *Submissions will not be received after 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019.


*Thank you to The Scugog Standard for use of their pictures for the website.