As a registered not-for-profit charitable organization, the Ancaster Agricultural Society (AAS) has had deep roots in Ancaster since it began in 1850 with the first Ancaster Fair 169 years ago. Each year, the Fair welcomes 40,000+ visitors of all ages and from all walks of life. It takes 35 committees with approximately 400 volunteers (many 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th generation) working throughout the year to make it happen.
Tradeshows & Events
Although the AAS is widely recognized for the Ancaster Fair, many people do not realize that the fairgrounds host numerous tradeshows and events year-round. With over 400,000 visitors per year, our facility is used by many community members, businesses, livestock organizations, festivals and commodity groups for a wide variety of events. We also offer four weeks Ancaster Fair Summer Camp, as well as two Agricultural Education days for grade 3 & 4 students each spring.
Since the move to our new location on Trinity Road in 2009, the Ancaster Agricultural Society has invested over $22 million in our existing infrastructure and are planning for long-term future growth with an additional $5 million investment in new facilities. Our current 90,000 sq ft livestock, tradeshow and event facilities are at capacity and it is rare to find a free weekend throughout the year. In fact, we are turning away large shows due to the limited availability of our current facility.
By adding a new 75,000 sq ft building, our goal is to be the premier equestrian, livestock, tradeshow and event facility in Southern Ontario. As a society with a focus on agriculture, the new building will give us the opportunity to seek large agricultural events to encourage country to meet city. Availability of such a facility will also encourage participants to stay in Canada for events rather than venture to the USA for competitions.
The Ancaster Agricultural Society through dedicated volunteers and staff efforts, endeavours to enrich agricultural and community life in Ancaster and surrounding areas.
The Ancaster Agricultural Society, and its volunteers, provide a forum for the betterment of agriculture and community life.
Charitable & Corporate Values
What People Are Saying
"The Ontario Quarter Horses Association searched for the perfect facility for many years, before we joined forces with the Ancaster Agricultural Society and made their address our home. What better way to end off the show season in Ontario then spending it at this world class facility? We Love It!!! "
— OQHA/OQHBF Show Committee
"After 24 years of running the Ancaster Community Food Drive at St. John’s Parish Hall...our committee knew we had outgrown the location. Where to house such a massive community event...The choice was the Ancaster Fairgrounds...the Ancaster Community Food Drive found a new home for years to come. "
— Tom Ippolito of Ancaster Community Food Drive
"I like using the fairgrounds for meetings and events because the excellent facilities give me a variety of options depending on my group size or program. Couple this with the friendly staff, excellent highway access and you have a great package."
— Robert J. Meier P.Ag., CASE IH Territory Sales Manager
"Over the past 38 years Jenkins Show Productions has been fortunate enough to organize over 661 community home show events and our #1 favourite facility is the Ancaster Fairgrounds! As a long-time client...We look forward to the exciting expansion plans and to the future ahead!"
— Sharon and Dave Jenkins of Jenkins Show Productions
"Area 2 Quarter Horse Promotional Club made the move to Ancaster Fairgrounds 9 plus years ago....Our exhibitors love this facility and constantly rave about their show experience. Everything about Ancaster is easy....We are so excited about the new plans and can’t wait to grow our shows."
— Area 2 Board of Directors
"Homemade Pies & Family Ties: It’s a challenge to find something that the Cranston Family has not done in their multi-generational family tradition of being actively involved with the Ancaster Fair....We’re planning on being involved with the Ancaster Fair for many, many years to come. "
— The Howard Cranston Family