See you at the Ayer's Cliff Fair !
ACF the place to be
Whenyou ask what the Ayer's Cliff Fair represents, mixed answers come in. The overall response is fun, family, togetherness and great memories. Some even met the love of their life while wearing cowboy boots and drinking lemonade.
For the past 169 years the Ayer's Cliff Fair has known to entertain young and old. In 1845, the first edition of the ACF was farmers who got together to exchange ideas about farming. During this then, one day event, locals would bring their cattle and crop for competition. 68 years later, in 1913 it became a three day event with horse races being the main attraction. Little did they know, 169 years later, it would be one of the most anticipated autumn four-day event during which city folk turn into country folk, coming from all over Canada, United States and even Europe to see and taste the wonders that this well organized yearly agricultural fair has to offer. Past events show the success of the Fair. In 2010 it rained "cats and dogs" but the show must go on, and it did! People still showed up. Why you may ask, and the answer is simple. At the gate, you are greeted by the familiar smiling faces who offer you either a day or all weekend pass giving you access to all exhibits, rides and entertainment. Harness races, Zumba classes, cattle competition, Parade and truck pulls, line dancing, arts and crafts, Gymkhana and much more is sure to fill your day. With its many rides throughout the midway, Carnaval games and multiple food stands you're guaranteed to find something that will either make your tummy very happy or either very upset. I remember my nieces and nephew asking me to go on the ride called "Free Fall". Being that they asked so nicely, I willingly agreed however as soon as the ride went up.... I remembered why I didn't do them anymore at the age of 33. Once your children are exhausted from playing in the rides, take a stroll through the multiple kiosks that offer a wide variety of things from dream catchers and cowboy hats to trailers and Alpaca sweaters. Should you want to go crazy you can even get a tattoo or piercing! And make sure you have some change, so you can grab a bag of fresh popped Corn at the Pioneer kiosk. Not only is the ACF very entertaining it is also educational. While you are walking through the barns, whether it be horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, chicken or bunnies, the owners are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Should you not be satisfied by simply looking at these beautiful animals, there is a petting zoo where you can sink your fingers into their beautiful fur or pet their soft coat. Dieters beware, you have been warned: Kale is not on the menu at the ACF. There is the classic Bob's Derby Canteen that offers breakfast for the campers as early as 5 AM and who can forget about a blossom onion that is sure to awaken your taste buds. Should you wish to have a more sit down relax meal, the dining hall offers a great selection. Save room for dessert, at either the 4H Ice Cream stand where the young members and their family will serve local ice cream with a smile or get your fill of homemade cookies and cake in the Tea Room run by the Women's Institute. At dusk, the midway comes to life with the beautiful lights. The grandstand offers a different show every night that attracts a large crowd. Later on, when the younger ones go to bed, the adults can go have a drink at the beer tent, two-step the night away while enjoy the live band. Sunday evening offers the Truck pull where the grandstand is always bursting at the seam with viewers. Make sure to come early to have a good seat. With the smell of Ethanol in the air, the feeling is bitter-sweet, knowing that there are only hours left to the ACF. To us locals, the fair symbolizes the end of summer but also the beginning of another school year. As a child, I was very disappointed every year because school started that Thursday of the fair and we would have to miss Thursday along with Friday, but come Monday we all compared stories of our weekend fun and planned for next year! This weekend, during the 170th edition of the ACF, while you enjoy the sights and sounds, (along with the smells) make sure to thank the volunteers, organizers and sponsors for making it once again a year to remember.
Seen here its many rides throughout the midway, Carnaval games and multiple
food stands set up for a weekend of fun and laughter.