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The National Draft Horse Show Shines

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With over 300 entries in this upcoming weekend’s show at the Essa Agriplex, spectators will be sure to be delighted IMG_4262by the line and hitch classes filled with Percherons, Belgians and Clydesdales! 

Both Saturday and Sunday (July 30,31) are a host to many exciting hitch classes starting at approximately 1:00pm. Admission is just $10.00 per car load and parking is free. 

The Essa & District Agricultural Society and Scouts 14th Barrie will be benefiting from your admission. The Essa & District Agricultural Society continues to be a leading force, bridging the gap between country and city in Simcoe County as a not for profit, charitable organization.

2016 marks 100 Years of Cubbing  and The Scouts Group, 14th Barrie, is raising funds to send 16 youth and their leaders to Halifax.  


Exhibitors are making their way from all across Canada and the United States to show in the 3rd Annual National Draft Show at the Essa Agriplex. 

Exhibitors can find out more information about the show here
Visitors can find out how to get to the Agriplex here
See you this weekend! July 30/31 at the Essa Agriplex!

Thank you to all the generous donors who help make this event possible!

Phoenix Performance Products 
Creemore Brewery Limited 
Ontario Belgian Horse Association 
Collingwood Agricultural Society 
D.McWilliams & Associates 
Orr & Associates Insurance Brokers
Thaxter Transport/Livestock-Sawdust Shavings scouts canada
Sherry McArthur & Wayne Stephenson 
Laurel Lee Sowden 
David, Daniel &  Janic McKeown 
Helen & James McWilliams 
Calvin Lipsett 
WMT Belgians
Smith Excavating
Milton & Marion McArthur 
Robery McArthur & Sonja MacDonald
Huron Tractor
Charwen Farms Inc.


Summer Highlights at the Agriplex

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Essa Canadian National Draft Horse Exhibition – July 30 & 31st, 2016
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Join us for the 3rd Annual Draft Horse Show! The Essa Agriplex will be a buzz with over 300 Clydesdales, Percherons and Belgian Horses

Watch  the impressive horses including the exciting 8 horse hitch exhibiting from 9-4 Saturday and Sunday.  $10.00 per car admission

Lord Simcoe Series – Hunter/Jumper Horse Show – Throughout the Season 


Local Horses and Ponies compete throughout the season at the Essa Agriplex during this Equine Canada Rated Bronze Show. Classes run from 8am – 4pm. This exciting event showcases local equestrian centres and acts as a stepping stone for higher rated shows. See the elegant hunters and impressive jumpers compete! Free Admission. Dates: May 24, June 4, June 18th, July 9th, July 23, August 13 and August 25th 

Canada Day Fireworks 

fireworks The Essa Agriplex is hosting the Essa Fireworks on July 1st 2016 at dusk. Admission is free, but a donation to the Essa & District Agricultural Society is appreciated! The Agricultural Society strives to provide support to the Agricultural Community of Simcoe County and promotes youth and education. Your donations help us achieve our goals! 


163rd Barrie Fair – Demolition Derby
 – Thursday August 25th 7:30pm



 The 163rd Barrie Fair takes place August 25th-28th with lots of exciting events for the whole family. Come and see the high action, exciting Demolition Derby on Thursday August 25th at 7:30pm. Come early and enjoy the various Agricultural Events, Local Vendors and the ever popular midway happening everyday at the fair! Admission: Under 5: free, 5-12yrs old: $5.00 and 13+yrs $10.00



RCMP Musical Ride – Saturday August 27th & Sunday August 28th 2016

dome web Don’t miss the exciting and iconic RCMP Musical Ride as they roll through Essa Township during the 163rd Barrie Fair! A symbol of Canada, the RCMP Musical Ride is sure to excite. Visit the horses in the stables and learn about the RCMP during the Barrie Fair. 

Show Times: 11:30 and 4:30 Saturday and Sunday. Free with admission to the Fair. 

Check out our website at www.essaagriplex.ca for more information about the Essa & District Agricultural Society and the events at the Essa Agriplex.

See you this summer at the Agriplex! 7505 10th Line, Thornton Ontario L0L 2N0
Just a few minutes south of Barrie

Get Creative at the Barrie Fair with MacLaren Art Centre!

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We are gearing up here at the Essa Agriplex for another fantastic Barrie Fair.

It will be our 163rd year of showcasingMaclaren Art Centre Logo businesses and families in the community and we hope you will participate! 

The creativity of people within our community will be on display in the Home Crafts section of the fair. There are so many art projects you can do with your family over the summer, and you can choose your craft by reading over the Class List

If you are unable to enter  your works of art this year, or you’d like to get more creative, make sure you visit theCalgary - crop MacLaren Art Centre in the Celebrate Local Building at the fair. Perhaps you enjoyed making buttons at the interactive booth in 2015? This year will be lots of fun as kids get creative with the Postcard Project.

Based on the “Road Trip” theme of the MacLaren Art Centre’s summer 2016 exhibitions, participants will use paintbrushes and watercolour pencils to create unique postcards inspired by memories of travel or imaginary places.

*Learn more about the MacLaren Art Centre’s Exhibitions.

See you at the Fair! August 25-28th 2015

Welcome Barrie Fair Exhibitors!

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4h girlsWhat a rush! We have been busy working with 23 committees of the Barrie Fair to put together the 2016 Exhibitors Prize Book. The office has been a buzz and we are so happy to have such a wonderful group of volunteers who help make the Barrie Fair a success each and every year. 

If your household receives Farmview, you will have most likely already received the Prize Book as we were lucky enough to be able to print our book as an insert in the newspaper this year. We do have extra copies in the office and will be distributing them around Simcoe County at various businesses, so keep a look out. A big Thank You to Lisa Peterson for donating her time to layout the book this905922_10156323060735647_1250282800738801031_o year (a huge undertaking!!). 

Please take the time to read over the General Rules & Regulations of the Barrie Fair as there is important information for exhibitors. The information in this document will ensure you will be prepared when you arrive to exhibit. 

We have added some new and exciting committees to the fair: Gaited Horses, Miniature Horses and Meat Goats. We welcome some new Committee Heads this year: Carol McIsaac of Gaited Horses; Irene Wiles and Tracey Steeves of Western Games; Tracy & Cassandra Bishop of westernMiniature Horses and Becky Vissers of Meat Goats. It is always a pleasure to welcome new volunteers to the fair.

If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to thank the committee head of your committee for helping make the Barrie Fair a success! It is the intent of the Essa & District Agricultural Society to make sure we can promote agriculture for another 163 years and we can’t do it without people like you.

One thing we love to see is all of the youth involvement in the fair, whether as an exhibitor or a volunteer. Perhaps you would be interested in applying to become the next Barrie Fair 2015 AmbassadorsAmbassador? The public speaking experience and scholarships are an incentive to apply! 

I know my kids will be entering their works of art in the Home Craft department this year as well as participating in the Lord Simcoe Series. There are so many great craft projects you can do with your children over the summer to enter at the fair and my kids have had fun looking though the book and dreaming up all of the things they can make.

 The staff and I at the Essa Agriplex are looking forward to welcoming you to the 163rd Barrie Fair,



Elizabeth McCowan
General Manager
Essa Agriplex
[email protected]


RCMP Musical Ride Press Release

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dome webThornton Ontario, April 20, 2016 – One of Canada’s most recognized icons, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride, will be performing at the Essa Agriplex on August 27th and 28th, 2016.

The RCMP Musical Ride represents a colourful Canadian tradition. The troop of 32 horses and riders will perform a variety of cavalry drills choreographed to music. Working through a unique medium, they support the RCMP community policing efforts throughout Canada.

The Musical Ride was developed in 1876 by early members of the North-West Mounted Police to display their riding ability and entertain the local community. It has evolved over the decades into a uniquely Canadian performance enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators every year.

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photo credit: Bob Belfoy

Members of the Musical Ride are first and foremost police officers. They all have at least two years experience in active police work before volunteering for duty with the Musical Ride. Surprisingly, most have no prior riding experience.

For ticket information call Alyssa Turgeon at 705-726-1200. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Essa & District Agricultural Society.

For further information contact:

Host Organization
Essa & District Agricultural Society




The Essa Agriplex,

7505 Tenth Line, Thornton Ontario, L0L 2N0

705-726-1200 www.essaagriplex.ca

Photo credit: John McQuarrie

Volunteer With Us!

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The Essa & District Agricultural Society, a not-for-profit charitable organization, would like to invite you to become a volunteer at our many events throughout the summer! Volunteering is a great way to be involved in your community, be a part of promoting agriculture and make new friends! 


Students are able to gain valuable volunteer hours needed to graduate high school. Whether you can volunteer for a few hours or sit on one of the various committees, we’d love to have you! 

Check out the events calendar to see when you can help out! 

You don’t have to already be involved in agriculture to volunteer with us! There are many volunteer positions that do not require any livestock or agricultural experience! Perhaps you are interested in: event management; marketing; administration; public relations or maintenance… the list of volunteer interests is long! Make your summer count and volunteer with the Essa & District Agricultural Society. 

Give Alyssa or Elizabeth a call at 705-726-1200 or email us at [email protected]



Georgian College offers Farmers to Processors workshop

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Transition Smart – Farmers to Processors workshop

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February 20 and 27, 2016 at the Georgian College Barrie Campus or March 12 and 13, 2016 in St. Jacobs.

This workshop was developed through the strategic partnership between AMI and Georgian College. The focus is connecting farmers with the tools to become processors. Covering everything from operational planning, marketing, product development to pricing, distribution and sales. The workshop will focus on practical preparation tools that can be immediately implemented and identifying feasible value-added opportunities for your farming business.

For more information please contact [email protected] or visit our Food Entrepreneurship page.

Register now as space is limited or call for more information 705.728.1968 ext. 1605. The workshop is $179 plus HST.

Volunteer Christmas Party

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The Board and Staff at the Agriplex would like to take time this holiday season to thank all of the volunteers who help make the Barrie Fair and other events a success! Please join us on December 11th at the Baxter Community Centre, 7pm for a family style dinner and great company.

RSVP to [email protected] or call the office at 705-726-1200 to RSVP. 

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The Barrie Fair Donates to Local Charities

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Community engagement was apparent at the 2015 Barrie Fair with local entertainers, service and community groups abound but after the event the organizers of the Barrie Fair continue to show their support to the community by donating the proceeds of the popular 50/50 draw to local non-profit groups. 

Cedar Heights, Christian Horizons and Youth Haven were this years recipients of the proceeds, each receiving a cheque for $430.00. The Essa and District Agricultural Society will continue their commitment to building strong communities.

Congratulations to the winning tickets! All winners have been contacted and have received their prize.

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August 27   575081

August 28   575324

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4H Celebrates 100 Years!

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The Barrie Fair is gearing up to celebrate 100 years of 4H! 

Alumni will have fun watching the 4H day while participating though fun games and other activities. Masterfeeds will be cooking up a country breakfast for all 4H participants to start off the celebration from 7-9am!


4Hers will then begin showing their Dairy Cows, Sheep and Horses at 10:00AM. 

Birthday Cake and Game Shows will include current and past members and will surely be a fun event! 

If you have any photos or stories that you would like to share, please contact [email protected]

A Big Thanks to Georgian College for sponsoring the day.Georgian_EventProudlySupported_Tile

You can find Georgian College in the vendor area of The Georgian Pontiac GMC Barn.