The World’s Fair At Rockton

After the big event, host Andrew Kernighan (1820–1913) and a group of newspaper men reminisced about the successful 1878 Fair, all agreeing that there was no finer a fair in the province of Ontario. Jokingly, Jane Kernighan (1837-1920) said it should be called the World’s Fair since all the world comes to visit. The newspaper editors and journalists agreed and the next day each of the newspapers titled the show “The World’s Fair at Rockton.”

While fair-goers today are no longer witness to contests such as “Best Head of Hair” or “Oldest Married Couple,” they can still enjoy agricultural displays, world-class livestock, heavy horse demonstrations and interactive educational exhibits. In addition, entertaining attractions such as Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, a lively karaoke contest, and the acrobatics of the Trampoline Olympics have been added to captivate audiences. If that weren’t enough, the midway offers plenty of thrills and excitement and the whole family will savour the delicious food and treats sold throughout the Fair.

Thanksgiving weekend at Rockton World’s Fair is one of Canada’s premier fall events with entertainment and education for all ages. This year help us celebrate The Rockton 165th World’s Fair and Canada’s 150th Anniversary: October 6–9, 2–17. For more information, visit