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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.


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