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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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    Tori Hathaway

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. 


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