Windsor Agricultural Fair National Historic Event

Windsor, Nova Scotia
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Location of the plaque on the street corner © Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 2010 (Jim Molnar)Up close view of the plaque © none
Address : corner of King and Gernish Streets, Windsor, Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1935-05-29

Other Name(s):
  • Windsor Agricultural Fair  (Designation Name)

Importance: Begun in 1765, featured livestock, produce and sports events


Existing plaque: In a park, cut stone cairn corner of King and Gernish Streets, Windsor, Nova Scotia

The agricultural fairs, a traditional showcase and recreational outlet for the farmers, reputedly had its Canadian beginnings on 21 May 1765 on Fort Edward Hill in Windsor. The fair, authorized when Windsor township was created in 1764, features livestock, produce and sports, with prizes provided by interested Halifax gentlemen. A charter for the holding of future fairs was granted in 1766 and over a number of years the fair was held irregularly, until it eventually ceased. In 1815 a new charter revived the event and since that date the fair has been held with considerable regularity.