The annual demolition derby at the Comber Fair. Photo courtesy Comber Fair official website.

Comber Fair Underway This Weekend

One of Ontario’s oldest traditions gets underway this weekend.

The 159th edition of the Comber Fair takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Comber Fairgrounds on Community Centre St.

This is one of the oldest surviving community fairs in Ontario, even older than confederation by eight years. According to the fair’s official website, it is one of just three such fairs left in Essex County, along with Harrow and Leamington.

As always, agriculture is the centrepiece of the Comber Fair, with many animals on display for judging. Also taking place throughout the weekend is a midway by Carter Shows, a beer garden and home crafts. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8am with the midway rides and a beer garden starting both days at noon. Highlights on the Friday night program include the Miss Comber pageant at 7pm at the Grandstand and the official fair opening at 8pm. A car show also runs until 9pm Friday.

On Saturday comes the Comber Fair Parade, which begins at 11am. The route is south on Main St., left on County Rd. 46 then left on Abbott. At 1pm, Dan the Music Man takes the main stage for a family program, and at 8pm, world-renowned hypnotist Jeff West presents the Jeff West Experience. Other Saturday events include a pick-up truck tug-of-war, a singing contest and a Johnny Cash tribute show at 6pm.

Dale Butler performs on the main stage Sunday at 10:30am. The day’s scheduled highlights include a demolition derby at 1pm and the Western Fair Rise-2-Fame contest at 2:30pm.

Tickets to the Comber Fair are $7 for a day pass and $15 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under are free.

The Comber Fair website provides a complete listing of all events and the fair schedule.