Back in Time at Markham Fair – Toe Tapping and Tantalizing

midway ride, markham fair, markham, ontario, 2008

Owing to the covid-19 pandemic, Markham Fair, like so many other events, was canceled for 2020.  We thought it fitting, then, to look back in time at Markham Fair as we have experienced it with our family over the past 40 years.

midway ride, markham fair, markham, ontario

Music was synonymous with Markham Fair.  Between the popular tunes blaring from every Midway ride, soundtracks underlying demonstrations, and bands marching through the fairgrounds, melodies could be heard everywhere.

people on a midway ride, markham fair, markham, ontario, 2016

The cacophony added to the thrill of the experience and lifted everyone’s spirits.

outdoor exhibit, markham fair, markham, ontario, 2012

Slightly removed from the Midway, we could get a reprieve by checking out commercial kiosks and outdoor exhibits.  Still, nearby shows had their own soundtracks pumped up to excite the crowd.

jean with a snake, markham fair, markham, ontario, 2012

One such outdoor exhibit included exotic animals such as this Honduran Milk Snake.

Braving my own fear of snakes, I let the handler drape the snake around my neck.

man tending sheep, markham fair, markham, ontario, 2012

Wandering into the livestock barns was a sure way to escape the frenetic atmosphere of the Midway.

a mime, markham fair, markham, ontario, 2008

Even within that quiet sanctuary, there were unexpected sights to tantalize the visitors.

steampunk show, markham fair, markham, ontario, 2016

As the hours passed from morning to afternoon, our family would seek out a place to sit down and rest.  Interesting shows inside the shelter of a large tent wowed Markham Fair attendees by showing them something new…an extravaganza of stunts and music such as this Steampunk-themed performance in 2016.

bob plays the fiddle, markham fair, markham, ontario

For our family, the most anticipated music event was the Old Tyme Fiddling Contest on Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.  Finally having our fill of The Midway, having perused all the exhibits in the Homecraft and General Exhibits buildings, and satisfied our cravings for fair fare, there was nothing better than settling down to hear fiddlers compete.

bob at the fiddle contest, markham fair, markham, ontario

As Bob gained confidence in his playing, he finally mustered the nerve to enter into the contest on a few occasions and even took a prize.  With each passing year, the numbers of competitors varied, but the talent exhibited by both the novices and seasoned performers really got everyone’s toes tapping.  It was a full evening’s entertainment with each fiddler playing 3 tunes, and then a grand finale at the end where all competitors played together.  Those were the best of times!  Markham Fair is set to take place from Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2022. Hope to see you there!.


Back in Time at Markham Fair, the 1980s and early ’90s

Back in time at Markham Fair, Entering the New Millenium

Back in Time at Markham Fair, Power and Majesty

Back in time at Markham Fair, Stiff Competitions, 2006 to 2013

Frame To Frame – Bob and Jean

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