Annual Exhibition in Welland has urban and rural themes


The annual Niagara Regional Exhibition is a three-day event that will have both a rural and urban flavour.

The 166-year-old traditional fair in Welland will kick off Friday and conclude Sunday at the fairgrounds on Niagara Street.

Live music, games, a truck and tractor pull, a hockey circus, a carnival-style sideshow, a demolition derby, and much more are part of the program that starts Friday at 4 p.m.

Hosted by the Niagara Agricultural Society, there is also a major farming theme throughout.

People who received seedlings at the Grow to Fair event in June, a precursor to this weekend’s festivities, will show off their harvest.

Several vendors from the local agriculture industry will also be there all weekend to promote healthy eating and environmental awareness.

“We want people in the cities to understand where their food comes from,” said Ray Ravazzolo, president of the exhibition.

There will also be plenty of fair food choices for the thousands of people anticipated to come through the gates of the fairgrounds on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

He said “a lot of different things” are planned this year, following the trial event held a few months ago.

“You can’t compare June to this,” he said.

The Hockey Circus Show is a family-friendly show that combines acrobatics, juggling, and other stunts into its performance, which has also been praised on TV by Hockey Night In Canada’s Rom MacLean.

Festivities begin in the afternoon on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

All buildings on the property are open until 10 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.