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Accession Number: 93-003


Agricultural fair prize lists collection. -- 1878-1929. -- 5 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Agricultural fair prize lists were produced in advance of the fair in order to attract people to compete in various categories. The categories consisted of a number of different elements that were part of agricultural life for a number of people. For instance categories included entries of the best cow or calf, horse showmanship, poultry, pig and sheep breeds. Produce competitions ranged from wheat, barley, rye, corn and oats to homemade pickles, jams and jellies. There were usually floral arrangement and best vegetable arrangement competitions. Ladies would often be able to enter competitions involving sewing and handywork. The prize lists always had advertisers and a list of contributers to the prizes. The book was divided into sections so that each competitor could find the competitions he/she desired to enter, a list of the categories and a small description of who could enter as well as the prizes to be awarded. The cover of the book listed when the fair was to take place and inside there was a list of fair organizers and contestant rules, dates and deadlines.

Custodial History


Scope and Content

This collection consists of eighteen prize lists from agricultural fairs in Ontario including the Canadian National Exhibition, the Ontario Provincial Winter Fair, the Central Canada Exhibition in Ottawa, the Western Fair in London, Ontario; the Dominion Exposition in Regina, Saskatchewan; the Canadian Industrial Exhibition in Winnipeg, Manitoba; the Central Exhibition in Cobourg, Ontario and various small town agricultural societies lists.


Title based on contents of the collection.

This collection was donated from an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada, the Archives of Ontario, the City of Ottawa Archives and the City of Regina Archives.

For related records see: 76-013, 76-1010, 90-005, 91-1016 and 95-002. 

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1 Canadian National Exhibition Catalogue and Programme 1916

2 Dominion Exposition, Regina 1911

3 Canadian Industrial Exhibition, Winnipeg 1911

4 Canada's Great Eastern Exhibition, Sherbrooke, P.Q. 1912

5 Canada's Great Eastern Exhibition, Sherbrooke, P.Q. 1913

6 Ontario Provincial Winter Fair, Guelph 1915

7 Ontario Provincial Winter Fair, Guelph 1918

8 Central Canada Exhibition, Ottawa 1909

9 Central Canada Exhibition, Ottawa 1911

10 Central Canada Exhibition, Ottawa 1912

11 Central Canada Exhibition, Ottawa 1913

12 Central Canada Exhibition, Ottawa 1915

13 Western Fair, London 1907

14 Western Fair, London 1910

15 Western Fair, London 1915

16 South Ontario Agric. Society Fall Fair, Oshawa 1929

17 Colborne and Haldimand Agric. Societies, Colborne 1925

18 Central Exhibition, Cobourg 1878