Search
  • Clarke Wallace

THERE IT IS, GONE

The good news: It’s Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada, and what good timing. A wonderful touch of slightly colder nights, and warmish sunny days. The leaves are in full bloom, stunning color making you wish it could last all year around.


This Thanksgiving brings something special to those living where I do. It’s the annual Woodridge Fair, vibrant and old-fashioned enough to draw thousands to its 25 acres site, in town, over the three days.


Horse and cattle judging have always been part of it, with buildings set aside for displays from local artists and photographers. Yet another anchored down with farm equipment from the past. And who could forget the large area set aside with rides for kids?


Each Thanksgiving a bunch of us guys would celebrate the fair by sneaking into the grounds through a hole we’d dig under the heavy wire fence. Caught only once. Those were the days…!


The bad news: This year The Woodbridge Fair has been cancelled. For the first time since its beginning in 1847. For the first time ever! That’s un/fair.


Author’s comment: Like everything else – entertainment venues – have been closed everywhere. The pandemic is to blame. The fair being no exception. It had no chance of coming to life this year. Oh well, there’s always – keep fingers crossed – having it return next year and forever more.


4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

WHAT YOU READ IS PERSONAL

I’m an inveterate -- as in longstanding, chronic, confirmed, dyed-in-the-wool, incorrigible -- reader of newspapers. Always have been. It's that tactile feeling of holding them physically in your

KNOW YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

There are two ways to look at a Christmas tree: real or not. The latter kept in a box you’ve stored in the attic – or basement. For how long? Ten years? Most of us buy one or other to celebrate the se

PITCH IT

We have to be ready to pitch whatever. An idea. The suggestion usually comes when you least expect it. I have lots of ideas, none that comes to mind when I need it most. Although something’s been slo