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Montreal Families

Agricultural fair bursting with activities

Imagine an agricultural fair that has been running for 178 years and has approximately 200,000 visitors every year? Not surprisingly, Expo Saint-Hyacinthe is the largest fair of its type in the province and will take place on the South Shore from July 23 to Aug. 2.

From cooking workshops and variety shows to animal competitions and extreme rodeos, this event has something to entertain every member of the family.  Kids have a zone that is dedicated solely to them. The Oasis Fun Zone is open every day from 10 a.m. and features pony rides, an inflatable playground, face painting, a picnic area, variety shows, and a water pond complete with paddleboats. There will also be an animal farm where you can touch and cuddle cute little chicks, pygmy goats, sheep, and rabbits.

From July 23 to 26, Le Fabuleux cirque will offer workshops on  circus disciplines, such as tightrope walking, juggling and makeup. Moreover there are cooking workshops for both children and adults (personally, I’d go for the 100 per cent chocolate workshop).

You can sample local produce and learn about Quebec’s agriculture, horticulture and maple syrup production – while observing more than 2,000 farm animals from across the province. Every day, visitors will get the chance to step back in time by exploring the Agricultural Museum’s collection of antique farm memorabilia, equipment, and recipes that are essentially an ode to Quebec’s heritage.

There will be live musical performances from a variety of bands as well as adrenaline-inducing shows such as the demolition derby and extreme rodeo. And with more than 150 stands offering all kinds of handicrafts and local gourmet products, you can also get in some shopping on your visit. For the thrill seekers in the family, there are 25 carnival rides to spin, swirl, and twist you about as well as the traditional truck and tractor pulls.

Saint Hyacinthe is about an hour’s drive south east of Montreal. Admission costs $15 per day for children ages 3 to 11 and $20 for those over 12. You can also buy a pass for the entire fair for $45 (before July 10) and $60 afterwards.

For more information, visit expo-agricole.com 

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