Coldwater Fall Fair – past, present, future! Reflecting on 125 years
This year is a very special year for the Fair as we celebrate our 125th anniversary … 125 years of friendly competition, of preparing preserves, baking, handling and showing calves, sheep, goats and horses to name a few things.
The Coldwater Fall Fair has seen many changes over these years. From the times when the parade consisted of oxen-drawn carts, to horse racing quite a few years ago, to today’s demolition derby. Did you know the fairgrounds used to be located just a bit north-west of the current Home Hardware store? The fairgrounds were moved when the railway was being built through that area. Do you think our arena is old? Okay, it’s older and beautiful with it’s big wooden arches but it isn’t the first Coldwater arena. The original arena was closer to the current fairgrounds, near Robinson Road.
Many things haven’t changed though … the fact that the Fair is organized by dedicated volunteers, that the whole community comes out to enjoy rubbing elbows and reconnecting with friends and neighbours over friendly competitions, watching their children and grandchildren enjoy the benefits of having a rural fair; learning about agriculture, crafts, baking, sewing and much more.
Changing times, lifestyles and technology. It’s a challenge that the Fair Board has to consider … how to keep our agricultural roots and rural life embedded in the Fair and still embrace changing times; to continue to attract fairgoers as we also compete with modern life, activities, events and technology. 125 years of history is something to be very proud of and we plan to continue the tradition.
Today, as you visit the Fair and its variety of events, displays and activities, give some thought to the generations of Coldwater and area residents who have enjoyed the Fair in the years before you. Think about the changes that fairgoers have seen over the many years, consider the hard work of the volunteers and the tremendous support shown by community businesses and try to imagine what future generations of fairgoers will see at our fair 25, 50 or more years in the future.
Have fun and we’ll see you again next year!