Celebrating 163 Years of the Metcalfe Fair

Jasmin Ibriham from CTV Ottawa Morning Live joined Greg on the wagon to talk about the 2019 Metcalfe Fair. It was the first year that the Metcalfe became a qualifying North American Classic Series show.

“Each year, Six Horse hitches across the United States and Canada compete at state and county fairs and agricultural exhibitions to accumulate points for the Classic Series. Close to two hundred hitches travel within their region and beyond, competing at sixty qualifying shows throughout North America. The competition builds to a climax at the end of the series, when the four highest point hitches in each of three breed classifications are invited to compete for up to $100,000.00 in premiums the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series World Finals Championship finals.”

The Bourbonnais Boys live from the Metcalfe Fair

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The Metcalfe Fair is our hometown fair.  In its 161 years it has stayed true to the roots of a local fair promoting agriculture. It offers a venue for those from across the province to showcase livestock, arts, crafts and produce.

Agricultural displays aren’t just about farmers. They’re an opportunity for juniors to exhibit the skills they have learned over the course of the year. 4-H emphasizes the importance of looking at the big picture; that youth need to see beyond themselves and focus on how their actions affect their relationships, their community, the environment and society as a whole.

Jacob, age 11, and Bradley, 8, are the fourth generation of Pana-Len horsemen. Their great-grandfather’s love of Percherons is present and they are more than proud to tell anyone who will listen about their horses.

Last year Sarah Freemark of CTV Ottawa Morning Live received some lessons from the boys live from the Metcalfe Fair.

This year’s fair runs all weekend. The heavy horse show goes on Saturday, September 30. The first part of the show will start at 10:15 am in the outdoor ring with the evening show scheduled to start at 6:15 pm in the arena. Make sure you stop in to the show barns and show your support to the youth of the farming community.

Shrieks of excitement from the midway. Freshly baked mini-donuts sending your taste buds into overdrive. The ground rumbling under your feet as the heavy horses parade by. These are just a few of the sights, sounds and smells guaranteed at the Metcalfe Fair.

Come make it your fair!

Pana-Len Percherons

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Pana-Len Percherons is a top-quality, family-owned gelding hitch. Located in Metcalfe, ON we compete in approximately a dozen shows per year.

We are excited to share our passion for the draft horse industry with you.

Showing horses isn’t just a hobby – it’s a lifestyle.