Take a journey down memory lane.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the product of determination by a handful of industrious farmers after the First World War. Lead by W.A. Dryden, a Canadian Shorthorn cattle breeder whose idea it was to create an agricultural exhibition that would be the showcase of Canadian agriculture.
The original name of the committee was The Agricultural Winter Fair Association of Canada, but was later changes to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Association of Canada after His Majesty King George V granted W.A. Dryden permission to use the word "Royal".
The Royal has consistently provided unique opportunities for farmers a forum to display equipment, discuss new trends, and showcase wares. Shown here, two women from Port Hope with Italian marrow squash at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, in 1955.
Each year, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair gained momentum. By the 1950's, hundreds of people were entertained at The Royal during Ontario's beautiful fall weather, while participating as furrow plowers, judges, tractor riders, or spectators at the 1952 International Plowing Match.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is host to many important figures and celebrities every year. Here, his Royal Highness Prince Charles presents the championship ribbon to the grand champion steer of the Queen's Guineas beef cattle competition at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 2009.
The Royal remains the main event in the agricultural calendar for farmers, horse lovers, livestock breeders, food lovers and visitors young and old. And being the largest indoor combined international equestrian competition and agricultural fair means that this fun comes in extra large doses.