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Sunday, November 20, 2011

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Written by Janet Errygers

For Ontarians with interests in the agriculture, livestock and horse industries, the first two weeks of November are always a time to look forward to. Every year, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair comes to Toronto and sees thousands of attendees walk through the doors each day. Whether you are there to compete, shop or spectate, there is something for everyone of all ages.

As a horse person, it has become somewhat of a tradition for me to attend the Royal every year. Since I no longer own and compete horses because of my school commitments, it is nice to go and be surrounded by people with similar interests.

The layout of the fair is more or less the same each year and it is not uncommon to see familiar faces despite the large crowds. The fair runs for two weeks and encompasses daily events, vendors, and evening horse shows in the RICOH Coliseum. International competitors bring their horses to the Royal to compete in high stakes competitions such as the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge.

If you are not at the Royal to see the horses, there are plenty of other attractions to consider. The petting farm and President's Choice Superdogs show are well suited to families, and all of the competing livestock are kept on site and visible to the public.

Other categories on display included: butter sculptures, meat, and impressively sized vegetables. Add to that the impressively-sized food court, and you have a full day of attractions to see.

The Royal is an experience that I would recommend to anyone at least once. If anything – go for the free samples!

For more information, please visit: http://www.royalfair.org/

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