In the 35 years I’ve lived in Toronto, I’ve never been to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – apparently the largest indoor agricultural and equestrian fair in the world.
It is now in its 93rd year and I was determined to correct that omission, so Helen – always a good sport – and I went off to check out what the farming community had to share.
Let’s just say I decided to dub the experience Robert “You-Talkin’-To-Me” De Niro Day.
I think I probably got more amusement out of the baying, mooing, clucking, baaa-ing than the multitude of children who surrounded us.
Although I’m not a horse person – quite frankly, they make me a little nervous – I was fascinated by both the horse competition we watched for a while, and browsing through the Horse Palace where the stalls were located.
I have never been anywhere near a Clydesdale horse before and was overwhelmed with how HUGE these animals are. Their back-end stands several inches taller than I am.
Nor have I ever experienced the cacophony created by an area full of assorted chickens, roosters, turkeys, and ducks … all vying for attention. In fact, I had no idea there were so many different kinds of chickens, roosters, turkeys and ducks!
Even the vegetables seemed to have attitude.
During this 10 day event, there are various animal competitions, cooking demonstrations, Junior Master Chef competitions involving local schools, Super Dog shows, vendor market and probably so much more than I managed to squeeze in.
My verdict? I had so much fun … I hope to be back again next year.