In a little over a month, the Western Fair returns to London though this year will see some changes as far as scheduling.
The fair runs from Sept. 9-18, but will be closed Monday the 12th and Tuesday the 13th for school tours and agri-programming.
Fair manager Kris Dinel explained why they’re making the change.
“What we’ve found and what our customers are telling us (is) with a 10 day fair that overlaps with the first week back to school, hockey tryouts, multiple things going on for families (which) happen to be our primary demographic, we looked at the 10 day model and said we think we need some changes.”
“We’ll evaluate that after this year’s fair, but it’s tough for people getting out on those days. If you’re a weekday fair-goer, you still have the Fridays, you still have Wednesday and Thursday. So that’s the most significant change this year.”
The fair will be open on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Jack Richardson London Music Awards Stage will offer local sounds over the course of the 10-day event, as well as a menu using local ingredients and beer from Forked River, Strathroy Brewing Company, Railway City, and Toboggan.
The fair is also looking to capitalize on the excitement of the Canadian Country Music Association Awards that are coming to Budweiser Gardens Sept. 8-11 by hosting the CCMA Fan Fest. Artists appearing and performing at the CCMA Fan Fest at the fair on Saturday the 10th will be announced soon.
In addition to the musical entertainment, the fair will have 29 rides in the midway, extreme pogo, trampoline, and aerial acts, plenty of agricultural attractions.
New to the fair this year is the Day of Dreams, taking place on Wednesday the 14th. Children ages 3-12 with special needs can enjoy the fair on their own time, and will include a free lunch, a souvenir, local celebrities, and professional athletes. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.
Tickets for entrance to the fair, as well as ride passes, are available through the Western Fair website.