Did you know that the Capital Fair has been run mainly by volunteers since it’s inception?
We have volunteers all over the fairgrounds for the 10 days, and you can spot them in our lime green t-shirts. In the kids tent playing around, at the community stage working with the performers and sound crew, or even coordinating and cooking lunch to keep our crew of volunteers nourished and energized! We depend on our friendly volunteers in every corner of the fair and are forever thankful for the time they spend with us!
Even outside of the physical fair dates, all of the planning and organizing is done by our most seasoned volunteers (the ones you’ll see in the red “staff” shirts). We are lucky to have such a wide range of skills in our midst. From experienced project managers, detail oriented accountants, expert networkers, talented event coordinators, and outgoing social media gurus. The best part is that many of our volunteers have joined us without these amazing skills, and without knowing how they could help out. They joined us with the motivation to take part and the curiosity to learn about the fair! All the rest came naturally, and we are just so grateful they have stuck with us over the years.
Without our green shirts and our red shirts, we wouldn’t be able to have a Fair. So thank you to all!
What our Volunteers are Saying
Fun in the sun while getting to know some cool community members! What more could I ask for?
Do you want to be a part of our Fair family?
The Fair welcomes you with open arms! We have positions to be filled and would love for you to join in.
Hydro Ottawa, in partnership with World’s Finest Shows midway and the Capital (formerly Gloucester) Fair, has provided children and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities to a private day at the Fair for over 15 years. Hydro Ottawa’s generosity and legion of volunteers make it possible for children who would otherwise not be able to attend a fair, to hopefully have one of their best days of the year.
The Special Needs Day is always the Thursday before the Fair opens. It hosts up to 1,500 family members to a fun and FREE morning of quieter and especially slowed down midway rides, a BBQ hotdog lunch with ice cream, a Karaoke party, live entertainment and of course, the petting zoo.
Guests arrive before 10:00am where Hydro Ottawa volunteers assign lunch schedules and stamp everyone’s hands so they can all go to the rides right away. That’s where the fun really begins.
In the midway, volunteers from World’s Finest Midway and Hydro Ottawa gently help guests on and off the rides. The petting zoo and Karaoke party are open in the Kids area where lunch is provided in the Hydro Ottawa lunch tent and Doo Doo the Clown entertains the guests.
A BBQ all-beef hotdog lunch is provided, courtesy of Schneider’s Canada which the Hydro Ottawa Food Preparation Team serves, followed by a Chapman’s vanilla ice cream dessert, sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Eastern Ontario.
If you are noticing a theme here… yes! Please be sure to thank all our wonderful volunteers and sponsors for their commitment and dedication to making this great day happen!
After a wonderful day at the Fair, everyone is typically exhausted and on their way by 2:00pm.
And then planning starts to do it all again, next year.
What our Guests are Saying
Just wanted to thank you. My son had a wonderful time at the fair on the special needs day. My parents enjoyed it with him. Hope this continues for many years to come.
On behalf of my husband and I, we would like to thank you for organizing the Day for special needs’ children. Our daughter was happy to be there and it was nice to see her smile. It was our first participation and we are grateful to be have been included.
Just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks to all involved for a wonderful day at the fair. It is the only fair that our son attends all summer and he really looks forward to it. He really enjoyed himself yesterday and couldn’t wait to go. Surprisingly one of the highlights for him this year was running into so many people he knew.
Thank you to capital fair and all your sponsors for such a wonderful day. We really enjoyed ourselves. The staff were so kind and helpful. Thank you once again.
I just wanted to THANK YOU for such an incredible day for my son! He has never been to a fair before, and I wasn’t sure if he would like the rides or not. He was a bit nervous the first couple rides, and then was eager to do more. :-) He is a little guy, so he was able to ride most of the rides. The little kiddie ones were best suited to him. The fair staff and Hydro Ottawa volunteers were so welcoming, helped lift my son, would bring his wheelchair close to the exit while he was on the ride. It was just such an incredibly positive experience, for a little guy who finds it hard to access things. Just can’t thank you, the volunteers, the sponsors enough.
Apply to Take Part
The Capital Fair takes applications beginning in February* each year.
Please note: We can only accept up to 1,500 participants so each family is restricted to 6 direct family members in total.
WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2023
Please note the following Terms and Conditions for participation at the Hydro Ottawa Special Needs Day;
a) The 2023 Special Needs Day is on Thursday, August 17th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. While special needs families are always welcome at the Fair, there are no other dedicated special needs programs at the Fair. b) This program is only for special needs children, 18 and younger, their immediate families and/or client attendants. Sorry, due to demand and capacity restrictions, we cannot accommodate additional relatives or friends. c) Registration is restricted to the first 1,500 participants to apply. Registration should be submitted, no later than Sunday, August 7th. Once your application has been received, please watch your email (and junk mail) for your eConfirmation. Applicants are registered on a first-to-register, first-to-be confirmed basis so the earliest you register, the better the chances of being successful.
d) eConfirmations with the waiver will be sent to your email address prior to August 9th. If you are registered/confirmed and fail to receive your eConfirmation and blank waiver please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org e) Only confirmed guests with signed waivers will be permitted on the Fairgrounds.
f) Check-in takes place between 9:30am and 10:00am at the front of the Fairgrounds on Thursday, August 11th.
g) Upon arrival, eConfirmations must be presented to the Hydro Ottawa Registration Tent along with the SIGNED WAIVERS for EVERY member of your party. Each member of your group must have their waiver, even if they are not going on the rides. Only then will you receive your bracelet/hand stamp to gain access to the grounds.
PLEASE! This is IMPORTANT!!!
NO WAIVER, NO ACCESS, NO NEGOTIATIONS, NO KIDDING!