The Midway at the Brooklin Spring Fair, June 6, 2017
Marshall Davidson, Photographer
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A picture of the midway at night at the Brooklin Spring Fair on June 6, 2017.
The Brooklin Spring Fair was initiated by the South Ontario County Agricultural Association, a group of farmers and businessmen in the Township of Whitby that also operated the Oshawa Fair. The first fair, lasting one day, was held at Grass Park on 24 May 1911. By 1915, the Brooklin Spring Fair became independent of the SOCAA.

In 1913, fair moved to the Vipond Farm where it continued until 1925. At that time admission costs were 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. In 1926, the fair relocated to Brooklin Community Park, the current site of the fair.

By about 1935, the fair occurred over two days on the first weekend in June. The early fair consisted of shows of light and heavy horses, beef and dairy cattle, races, and sports.

The construction of Brooklin Memorial Arena in 1948 allowed the addition of many new classes and events such as preserves, canning, baking, crafts, sewing, and a horticulture show.

Since 1975, the fair has encompassed the first Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in June. In 1976, the Miss Brooklin Spring Fair Pageant crowned its inaugural queen, Sharon Rice.

In 2011, the fair celebrated its 100th anniversary making it one of the oldest agricultural fairs in Canada.
Date of Original
6 June 2017
Personal Name(s)
Davidson, Marshall
Corporate Name(s)
Brooklin Spring Fair
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Whitby Online Historic Photographs Collection
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.9543526912086 Longitude: -78.9541404841614
Brooklin Spring Fair
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Brooklin Spring Fair
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The Midway at the Brooklin Spring Fair, June 6, 2017, Brooklin Spring Fair. Whitby Archives, D2020_003_020.
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The Midway at the Brooklin Spring Fair, June 6, 2017

A picture of the midway at night at the Brooklin Spring Fair on June 6, 2017.