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Nepean Old-Time Fair

June 3, 2017, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Outdoors at Howrad Darwin Centennial Arena on Merivale Road

Takes place Saturday June 3 from 11am to 5pm.

This will be one of the major local events on the "Ottawa 2017" calendar.  It is organized by the Knoxdale-Merivale Council of Community Associations, with primary funding from the City of Ottawa, along with support from other communities and businesses bordering Merivale Road. We are expecting up to 500 people to attend, from across Nepean and Ottawa.

The event aims to re-create the atmosphere of a country fair of 150 years ago, celebrating our heritage and contrasting the old with the new.

There will be performance on stage, many interactive displays, games and activities for all ages, including music and dance, a variety of food vendors, rides and more.

We are seeking volunteers to help on the day of the event- Saturday June 3

-setting up the site: tents, tables, chairs, signage, arranging displays

-assisting exhibitors, welcoming & guiding performance

-staffing of activity stations, games, races

-crowd control, safety monitoring, directing parking

-taking down exhibits, tents, tables after event

-clean-up of site during and after event


Contact: Carol Miller at 613-226-9402 or cmiller1@rogers.com to volunteer.  If you have a particular interest, let us know.  Also, you can ask to be assigned to the early shift (9am-2pm) or the late shift (1:30pm-6pm) if you like.  (Volunteering for less time is also welcome.


Family activities include:

  • Traditional kids games, contests, races
  • Wagon rides
  • Ice cream making by hand
  • Bouncy castle/ obstacle course       

Stage Acts include:

  • RCMP Pipes & Drums
  • Traditional Irish and Polish Dancers
  • Barbershop quartet
  • Magic show
  • Mad Hatters Tea Party 

Displays and Demonstrations:

  • Local historical displays and photographs
  • Agricultural equipment-old and new
  • Traditional lumber skills
  • Emergency vehicles- old and new

Food Vendors Including:

  • Country-fair food- popcorn, cotton candy...
  • Modern 'food truck' fare
  • Ethnic foods