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Kathy’s Traveling Kitchen

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We are very excited to announce that Kathy’s Traveling Kitchen will be the joining us for our first year of Essa Agriplex Trillium Shows in 2018. We look forward to having you at the shows! 


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Current members of the Essa & District Agricultural Society are strongly encouraged to attend our annual AGM on Tuesday February 20th 2018 at 6:30pm at the Best Western Royal Oak Inn in Barrie. This is a great opportunity to share your feedback and contribute to the future plans for the Essa Agriplex.

Volunteer Opportunity Available

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With the season wrapped up, and the facility beginning to shut down for the winter, the Essa Agriplex is looking for volunteers to come in and help with a final collection of garbage, to keep our grounds beautiful. If you, or someone you know would be interested in volunteering, please contact us at 705-726-1200, or email [email protected]

Winter Storage Available

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This year at the Agriplex, we are offering sheltered storage space. If you are interested in learning more about the storage possibilities that you can take advantage of, contact Dave or Ryan in the office at (705) 726-1200. 

Volunteers Needed!

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We have an amazing group of volunteers! People of all ages, backgrounds, and interests volunteer grouphelp make the Barrie Fair a SUCCESS! 

Did you know that over 125 Volunteers help at the Barrie Fair in various roles? Would you like to Volunteer at the fair? 

You don’t need a lot of time to help at the Fair. Even a couple of hours makes a difference!  

We are currently looking for:

Shuttle Drivers 
Volunteer Hospitality
Show Secretary Support (Agriculture)
Main Stage Assistant 
Information Booth Assistant 
Vendor Administrator
Construction Volunteers (pre/post fair)
Recycling/ Garbage Collection
Silent Auction 

Step 1:

Get in touch with us to let us know you’d like to volunteer! 

Include when you are available and what interests you 🙂

Step 2:

Come to the Barrie Fair Volunteer Orientation BBQ! 7 PM, August 2nd at the Essa Agriplex 

Step 3: 

Come to the Fair and HAVE FUN! 


Barrie Fair August 24-27

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Can’t wait for the Barrie Fair? Neither can we! SONY DSC

This year, Campbells Amusements celebrates 50 years! Thursday, August 24th is Kids Day and Campbells is celebrating with .50cent coupons all day! 

Want to buy an advanced ride bracelet? You can get them in the Essa Agriplex Administration Office today! Ride Bracelets are on sale until August 23rd for $22.00 midway nighteach! That’s an $8.00 SAVINGS!! 

So much to see and do at the Barrie Fair! Check out the entire line up of Agricultural and Entertaining events at the 2017 Fair! 

See you at the FAIR! 


Gearing Up for the Essa National Draft Horse Show

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One of the most fabulous and impressive draft horse

shows happens every year on theECNDHE August long weekend at the Essa Agriplex. 

The Essa National Draft Horse Exhibition showcases the Belgian, Clydesdale and Percheron Breeds. This year will be no different with impressive 6 Horse and 8 Horse Hitch Classes that are surely not to be missed! 

You can watch the draft horse show, grab some lunch and peruse the Essa Township Community Yard Sale happening undercover on the Saturday of the Show! 

It’s a great day out! 

Check out the schedule 

Interested in booking a table at the Yard Sale? More Info…

Admission is $10.00 at the gate, parking is free.

Huge Thank You to Premier Equipment Ltd. & Georgian Chevrolet for their continuous support of this community facility! 

2017 Memberships & AGM Information

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Welcome 2017!! 

The Essa & District Agricultural Society is a buzz planning all the upcoming events for the 2017 season! 

The Annual General Meeting will be held on February 21, 2017 at Liberty North, 100 Caplan Ave., Barrie. Registration begins at 6:30pm and the AGM will commence at 7:00. Please attend this important meeting.


2017 Membership applications are available in the office and online. You can print the application or save and complete on your computer. 

Information Package – Printable

Membership Form Printable PDF

NEW FOR 2017! 

We are excited to offer a new Non-Voting Membership to those individuals who volunteer their time at the Barrie Fair. This membership is free with a commitment to volunteer 4+ hours at the fair.


1. Non Voting Membership 18+
A non-voting membership is offered free of charge to REGISTERED volunteers of the Barrie Fair who volunteer 4+ hours at the fair. All volunteer positions can be found at www.essaagriplex.ca or in the office.
2. Voting Membership 18+ 
Voting Members are 18 and over. In order for Members to vote at the Annual Meeting, they must be members in good standing both for the year for which such annual meeting is held, and for the proceeding calendar year.Memberships are $15.00 or $10.00 for a renewal.
3. Junior/Special Needs
A junior is considered under 18 years old as of January 1st, 2017. Special Needs are exhibitors in the Special Needs departments of the Home Crafts Division. These memberships are free of charge and do not have voting privileges.
4. Family (2 adults, 2 juniors) 
A Family Membership gives 2 voting memberships and 2 junior memberships for a combined price of $25.00 for new and $15.00 renewal

So you want to enter the Demolition Derby…

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Come one come all! Enter the Demolition Derby and start getting those cars ready for action at the 163rd Barrie Fair! 

The Demolition Derby is one of the most popular and exciting attractions at the fair and we want YOU to enter into the excitement on Thursday August 25th at 7:30pm!

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Full Size Straight Stock Demolition Derby

Minismash Demolition Derby

Figure 8 Race Heats & Feature

Registration Fee: $50

Register Online and pay the day of the event

Rules and Regulations

Prepay – print form and deliver with payment to TSPI

Please email [email protected] or call 519-268-2332 for further information.

Cool things to do at the Barrie Fair

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The Barrie Fair is full of cool things to do! Here are my top 5 cool things for Teens to do at the Fair in 2016…

  1. Get on those midway rides with your friends! Best time to go? Definitely the evening! The rides look awesome with all the lights! Advanced Midway tickets are available in the office for $23.00 (regularly $30) until August 23rd. Come and get em’! 
  2. Get out to the Pull Track! Watching the exciting events at the Essa Agriplex Pull Track is a great way to gear up for some midway fun! If you are really into getting involved, why don’t you and your friends enter the demolition derby? 
  3. Enter the Ambassador Competition. Almost my favorite competition at the fair (soft spot for the horse shows)
    The ambassadors are amazing and the competition is FUN!
  4. You also win cash, and who doesn’t want to win cash? 
  5. Teen Coffee House, Presented by the Barrie Library: Love to get up on stage and sing? Sign up for the Coffee House happening on the main stage, Saturday August 27th at 6:30pm. Don’t delay with this one! Only 20 slots available – [email protected] starting Monday, August 15th with your name, age and details of what you would like to perform.  Each performer will have a maximum of 5 minutes.
  6. RCMP Musical Ride… no better way to feel love for this great country than to watch the famous and iconic musical ride… Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 4:30pm 
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Why don’t you head over to C.W. Coops in Barrie, have some wings and plan your trip to the Barrie Fair! 

See you at the Barrie Fair! August 24-28th 2016 


What’s your favourite thing to do at the Barrie Fair? Leave us a comment below.