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Upcoming events

ORLÉANS FARMER’S MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road featuring local food vendors and producers..

CUMBERLAND FARMERS’ MARKET from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the R.J. Kennedy Arena, 1115 Dunning Rd. in Cumberland Village. The Cumberland Farmers’ Market features fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, specialty foods, homemade treats and a variety of artisan goods.

CONVENT GLEN, ORLEANS WOOD COMMUNITY BBQ – Presented by the Convent Glen, Orléans Wood Community Association from 11 am. to 1:30 p.m. in the Convent Glen Plaza 6505 Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. South. Games, face painting, music and, of course, BBQ

KARAOKE NIGHT from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Orléans Brewing Co. 4380 Innes Rd. near Tenth Line.

THE NAVAN FAIR returns to the Navan Fair Grounds after a three year hiatus. Plenty to see and do including a demolition derby, midway, livestock shows, the Ultimutts Dog and Cat Stunt Show, the Rock the Arts Puppet Show, tractor and truck pulls, musket demonstrations and live entertainment under the domes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night as well as Sunday afternoon. For a complete schedule visit


Navan Fair returns after two year absence
Fred Sherwin
Aug. 5, 2022

It’s time to go to the fair. The 75th edition of the Navan Fair gets underway yesterday, Thursday Aug. 4 with action on the midway and in the Navan Memorial Arena. The demotion derby arena was the scene of massive “car”-nage as the six-cylinder vehicles went bumper-to-bumper to be crowned this year's small engine demolition derby king. The larger vehicles will go at it later this evening starting at 7 p.m.

The fair will continue over the next three days before wrapping up on Sunday afternoon with a performance by Wayne Rostad. In between, there will be plenty to see and do for the entire family.

Highlights include the tractor, truck and heavy horse pulls on Saturday and Sunday; the Ultimutts Stunt Dog and Cat Show with three performances a day on Friday and Saturday only; the Rock the Arts Puppet Show, which will also be doing three performances a day on Friday and Saturday.

The highlight on Saturday will once again be the annual Navan Fair Parade which starts in front of St. Mary’s Hall on Smith Road at 10:45 a.m. and winds its way down Colonial Road to the fair grounds. A tradition that has grown over the year’s is the pre-parade break-fast which is served inside the church hall from 8 to 11 a.m.

Inside the fair grounds, Robertson Amusements will once again be operating all of the midway rides and games of chance. Friday is Bracelet Day when you can purchase a bracelet for $40 which entitles you to un-limited rides for the day.

Of course, no Navan Fair would be complete without live entertainment performed under the domes from 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. This year’s headliners include The County Lads on Thursday night; Jade Eagleson on Friday night; Tyler Joe Miller on Saturday night and Wayne Rostad on Sunday afternoon.

Navan’s own Chris Labelle will also be performing as the opening act for Tyler Joe Miller on Saturday night.

Away from the midway, live entertainment and tractor pull, the Navan Fair also boasts a significant agricultural component. In fact, when the Fair first started 75 years ago, it was largely an agricultural exposition. Farmers would come from miles around, including from outside the county, to show off their prized cows, horses and sheep while the wives would square off in the baking and homecraft competitions.

When it comes to the agricultural aspect, not much has changed. There are heavy and western horse competitions; a Jersey dairy cattle show; an Ayrshire and Holstein show; and a Purebred Beef cattle show. The Fair is also hosting the only international alpaca show in Eastern Canada.

In the Cumberland Agricultural Society building, you will find this year’s red ribbon winners in the baking competition, the flori-cultural show and the various homecraft contests.

Last but by no means least, the Agricultural Education Barn will feature demonstrations by Little Ray’s Reptiles and displays by Tilecroft Farms, Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Museum of Agriculture as well as an antique machinery and tractor display.

So, as you can see, there is plenty to see and do at this year’s Navan Fair. For the full lineup and schedule visit



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