The Woodbridge Fair


We moved to Woodbridge just before our daughter was born. Originally we wanted to live downtown in the midst of everything, close to work, walking distance to grocery stores and cute boutiques, close to parents and in-laws, friends, a stone’s throw to great restaurants. After 6 months of searching and open houses and finding nothing that met most of our criteria in a reasonable price range, we decided to look up in Barrie. We were getting frustrated and continuously disappointed. Well, a few MLS listings of great properties with only so-so houses we again decided to move our search, this time to Vaughan. We took one Saturday, booked about 7 viewings and then when we were almost finished seeing houses, my husband said: “I know one more property available but we don’t have an appointment.” The house was on the market for 3 months, unkempt and the sellers were eager to sell. We saw it, fell in love, and made an offer later that week. I stepped out of the house when we were leaving the impromptu showing, and knew this was our house. I could see our unborn child (and children) running around the backyard, playing in the nearby parks and befriending all the friends on the street. We moved in in August and quickly discovered so many ways to make Woodbridge our home.

One of the first “Woodbridgean” things we did, was go to the Woodbridge Fair. We have gone every year since we have been here, and always leave with great memories. It is held on the Thanksgiving weekend every year and it’s one of those old-fashioned fairs where the rides are rickety (and a bit scary, but fun), the food is terribly bad for you, but oh so delicious and the atmosphere is friendly and full of fun fall activities. Last year was the first time my children were old enough to do the pumpkin craft – which they loved. They usually get their faces painted, check out the giant pumpkins (grown on the fairgrounds) and feed the animals in the petting zoo. The weather has luckily always cooperated. For us, it’s a become a Thanksgiving tradition that we share with friends. Just one more thing that we are thankful for.

If you are looking for something fun to do this thanksgiving weekend amidst eating stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, check out the Woodbridge Fair or a fair close to you!

Fair runs Saturday October 6th to Monday October 8th from 10 AM, and the buildings close at 6 PM. Admission is free for children under 6, students from 6 to 14 pay $2 and adults pay $7. There is a family pass available for $30 and includes 2 adults and up to 3 children under 14, and is valid for all three days. Parking is free and in previous years, tickets included a raffle for a turkey, every hour.

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