At a special Fair Board meeting on Monday, April 14th, 2014 the Capital Fair officially replaced the Gloucester Fair in both name and dates. Since 1975, the 4-day fair had featured a popular Midway, extreme motorsport shows, horse shows, free live entertainment, an amazing kids area, great fair food vendors and diversions of all kinds.
In taking on a new 10 day format in August, the fair moved to introduce its expanded program to the region by implementing an introductory free gate admission program. The results were wildly successful as in 2017 the fair attracted over 255,000 guests.
The Kids BIG Tent was introduced along with the Agricultural Pavilion featuring farm displays, Doo Doo and his Dance Party, the Ultimutt Stunt Dog show, daily free LIVE entertainment, a Demolition Derby, a Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, the Birds of Prey show, the Community Stage, and more…
Partnering with Eastern Ontario’s largest midway, World’s Finest Shows brought all the fair favorites include the drop zone style ”Cannonball”, the ”Muzik Express”, the ”Pharaoh’s Fury” boat ride, the ”Scooter” bumper cars, the ”Fireball” and over 25 more.
2020 was to be a transformative year but an unprecedented pandemic gripped the world, forcing the Fair to postpone operations until 2021.
We remain optimistic about our pending breakout future and invite you to join us.
What makes the Capital Fair “SPECIAL”?
The Fair has been privileged to host over 1,500 physically and mentally delayed children and their families for a private party the day before it opens to the general public.
Volunteers help the children on and off the rides and help feed everyone a hot lunch. There is live entertainment and an ice cream dessert.
Back in 1975, to help promote the growing sense of community pride, the City of Gloucester, created the “Gloucester Festival of Friends”. The summer-time event became a volunteer driven program and then applied for and was granted Ontario Agricultural status by Minister of Agriculture, Dennis Timbrell on November 27, 1984, creating the Gloucester Fair.
The Fair drew great crowds to the original fairgrounds at the Earl Armstrong Arena but that success caused it to eventually outgrow the site. Searching for a larger space, the Fair was invited to the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre where it has flourished since 1998.
For 10 fabulous days in August, there’s a lot to see and do at the Capital Fair.
What a great way to celebrate the end of summer!