169th Lindsay Exhibition taking place September 16-24, 2023

By Lindsay Advocate

The Lindsay Exhibition midway. Rebecca Anne Bloom Photography.

The Lindsay Agricultural Society (LAS) is pleased to host the 169th Lindsay Exhibition, taking place between September 16 and 24, 2023.

Among other things, the LAS is excited to host its first-ever Family Weekend, on September 16 and 17 as it beefs up its opening weekend to offer family-focused entertainment along with mainstay agriculture and livestock events. Family Weekend will feature reduced admission fees and free family events and entertainment throughout the grounds. In the north field, visitors will find bouncy castles, a corn hole competition, and much-anticipated Family Game Zone, where kids and families can enjoy traditional family lawn games like the three-legged race, egg and spoon race, balloon toss, and more.

Families are encouraged to stop by the Commonwell Exhibition Building to find kids’ crafts, a learn-to-quilt activity, pedal tractor obstacle course, puppet show, and more. From there, visitors can head down to the barns to visit the petting zoo at the Ag Pavilion, or take in the livestock events happening at the surrounding barns. When mealtime rolls around, fairgoers can grab something to eat from the fantastic line-up of food options and head to the grandstands to sit down and watch a variety of special events. These include the heavy horse show, the opening ceremonies – featuring the OMSSU Musical Ride – and an opportunity to meet the newly-crowned 2023 Lindsay Exhibition Ambassador of the Fair.

Horse ring with hitches. Photo: Brad Harrison.

As in previous years, September 18 and 19 will be drop-off and judging days for some of the homecraft, horticulture, agriculture products, and junior arts exhibits. Starting on September 20, the Commonwell Exhibition Building will be open daily to view all the amazing work of local makers, crafters, quilters, bakers, artists, and vegetable growers on display sporting their hard-earned ribbons.

No LEX would be complete without live entertainment, and this year does not disappoint. The Family Stage will feature both new and traditional acts including the Blackfly Band, Parliament of Owls, DooDoo the International Clown, the Rockabillyjoe Show, the Bex in Motion Fire Show, and much more. Meanwhile, the much-anticipated grandstand entertainment features the trusted LEX line-up of two demolition derbies, the truck pull, and the tractor pull, the Woof Jocks, and new this year catch the mini-chuckwagon races on September 23 and 24. The World’s Finest Midway is also back at the LEX from September 20 through 24, featuring favourite rides and games in the north field. Ride all day passes are available online in advance or at the midway.

Daily livestock and agriculture events happen all week, including the sheep show, light horse show, dairy goat show, sheep show, Holstein show, beef show (featuring the new Speckle Park breed), and more. Other highlights include the Canadian Equine Mounted Games competition and demonstration September 16 and 17, as well as the Tri-County Carriage Association Derby on September 22 at the horse rings. Visitors are encouraged to check out the Agriculture Pavilion to meet the farm animals, watch a sheep shearing demonstration, a milking demonstration, listen to farmer talks, and check out the Porkmobile, courtesy of Ontario Pork. The Ag Pavilion also offers some excellent picture opportunities for the whole family.

For the first time in 10 years, the LEX poster is back with a limited run of 75 posters designed by local artist, Lindsey Vella. Also new this year is the first-ever line of LEX apparel. All LEX merch will be available at the LAS Info Booth in the Commonwell Exhibition Building each day of the fair.

Tickets for the 169th Lindsay Exhibition are now on sale online at lindsayex.com or available at the LAS office.

1 Comment

  1. Jason Stevens says:

    Demo-cross was not as enjoyable as a straight up demolition derby

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