Fun for everyone at the 154th Ripley Fall Fair


By Barb McKay

This year’s Ripley Fall Fair includes a special celebration of Bruce County’s 150th birthday and that means there will be plenty of new and exciting events and activities.

The fall fair extends over two days – Sept. 29 and 30 – and the theme this year is Bruce County 150 – Country Pride County Wide. The organizing committee has worked hard to put together an event that reflects Ripley’s country pride and appeals to all ages.

Events begin Thursday, Sept. 28 with a pre-teen dance (grades 5 to 8) at the Ripley-Huron Community Centre from 7 to 9:30 p.m. featuring Power Traxs. The fair officially gets underway on Friday evening with a pedal tractor pull at 6 p.m. at the tennis courts, the popular super frog contest at 7:30 p.m. (bring your own frog) and garden tractor pulls at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Test your strength on the ball diamond at 7 p.m. as ‘Canada Celebrates Under the Lights’. Or, try your hand at log sawing and nail driving, also on the ball diamond at 7 p.m. There are several categories and prizes will be awarded.

PicaBooth will be there with an inflatable photo booth for unlimited photo sessions between 6 and 9 p.m. at no cost to participants. Check out Youngblut Timber Art on the main stage Friday evening and Saturday. Sopor Creek Wildlife, an educational show through the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry that works to rescue and rehabilitate injured or abandoned wildlife, will be part of this year’s fair and will hold shows on Friday evening and Saturday.

The fall fair ambassador competition, along with the pie and cake auction, will take place upstairs in the community centre at Friday at 8 p.m.

The midway will run Friday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. and advance tickets can be purchased up until Sept. 28 at Pollock Electric in Ripley or by visiting Advance wristbands are $25 or $30 at the midway booth.

There are numerous events and activities planned for Saturday, Sept. 30. The midway will run all day until the fair closes. Come to the fairgrounds early for breakfast put on by the Huron Shores Lions Club featuring eggs, peameal bacon and Pine River cheese on a bun. The breakfast runs from 8 to 11 a.m.

The Mammoth Parade will march down the main street beginning at 11:30 a.m. Anyone who would like to register to take part in the parade can contact Julie Thompson at or call 519-395-4048 or visit

For kids and kids at heart, look over the Mega Machines that will be on the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bervie Zoological Park will provide a petting zoo complete with exotic birds, a tortoise, wallaby and porcupine, and will also offer free pony rides throughout the day.

For those who want a challenge, try out the rock climbing wall from Black Rock Climbers. If you want to stay on the ground, step inside the arena and check out the large display of Ontario fur bearers from Wildlife Mount Display or watch entertainment from Patrick Lucknow and Lorusso School of Dance on the main stage.

On Saturday afternoon, there will be a car and truck show, as well as an antique tractor display at the back of the fairgrounds. Also on Saturday afternoon, be entertained by Clarol the Clown or have your face painted or receive a balloon animal from Snippitty the Clown.