New Oldest Farmers’ Market at the Fairgrounds!

The Hants County Ex Farmers’ Market at the Fairgrounds is a project of the Not-for-Profit Windsor Agricultural Society. The market, new in 2021, is a member of the Farmers’Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative Ltd. As a member we adhere to the same principle of “grow it, make it, or bake it”. The mission of the Market is to provide a direct market venue for producers of local goods and services to engage with the community in a convenient, and accessible location. In 2021 the market will be outdoors to better work with restrictions surrounding Covid-19.

The Fairgrounds is home to the Oldest Agricultural Fair in North America. The first fair was held at Fort Edward in 1765 on the only passable road from Halifax. It was in essence, a farmers’ market with vendors selling products grown in what was known as the province’s “bread basket”.
If you would like to be a vendor, please email an application. See you on Thursday evenings June through October!

Vendor Application!

Thank you Pioneer Seeds!

The oldest Agricultural Fair in North America, Hants County Exhibition, is planning a kitchen upgrade for community functions, and local food demonstrations and tastings.

Thank you to Pioneer Seeds for offering this amazing $50,000 grand prize! And thank you to our community for voting daily to make this prize a reality. Stay tuned as we finalize our plans. Here’s to hometowns!


Windsor Agricultural Society Extends RFP Deadline Charting Future Course

Submission deadline extended to Jan 21 at 4PM.

Please note The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to Monday, January 21, 2019 at 4PM. All other submission requirements remain the same.

There are exciting times ahead as the Windsor Agricultural Society embarks on a new journey in reviewing and charting its future course and direction.

The process begins with the issuance of our business case and concept site plan RFP (“request for proposals”).

Please feel free to share our RFP with qualified individuals or companies that you know who may have an interest in responding. Closing date for responses is January 21st. Thank you.

Windsor Agricultural Society Charts Future Course

With its RFP out for tender (due Jan 15th) there are exciting times ahead as the Windsor Agricultural Society embarks on a new journey in reviewing and charting its future course and direction.

The process begins with the issuance of our business case and concept site plan RFP (“request for proposals”).

Please feel free to share our RFP with qualified individuals or companies that you know who may have an interest in responding. Closing date for responses is January 15th. Thank you.

Susan Sweet and her Easel

Susan has been working in her sketch book at the Hants County Exhibition during her stint as artist in residence at the annual agricultural fair. Here are a few of her sketch book pages from last week. Look forward to more this weekend and a final painting project in the future! These are gestures in marker, pencil and conte.

2nd Weekend – Loads of Feature Events

Just imagine a second weekend as big or bigger than the first. A Brew Tent with beer wine and spirit samples from across the province. A local event feature with food, arts, crafts, green energy and demonstrations that will amaze. AND Goat Yoga! Check them out at this years 252nd Hants County Exhibition!

Brew Tent – Local Demos and Marine Institute

What a beautiful warm day! Vendors are busy setting up in the Brew Tent. Come enjoy some great local beer, cider and spirits on the patio. Still Fired Distilleries Inc is set up and ready to go!

And don’t forget the Wentworth Creek Farm pickling demos at 1, 2:30, 4. Marine Institute of Natural and Academic Science will be here (ask about Pumpkin the local great white shark) and check out The Passive House and learn how to save!

Come on over to the O’Brien building area. Select Nova Scotia Efficiency Nova Scotia Thinkwell Shift

Brew Tent – A Hopp-ening Good Time!

Sat & Sun Sept 23-24…Offering free sprit and cider tastings, THE BREW TENT will be “hopping” with local beer, cider and spirits both Saturdays (noon til 9pm)  and Sunday starting at noon til close.

Check out the local food demos and the vendors at Hants County Green & Local inside the O’Brien Building and look through the Passive House (and learn how to save energy and $$).

Don’t miss this! Good Robot Brewing Company Noggins Corner Farm School House BREW Still Fired Distilleries Inc Wayfarers’ Ale Society Steinhart Distillery @Saltbox Brewing Barrelling Tide Distillery Sober Island Brewing Company Big Spruce Brewing Thinkwell Shift Select Nova Scotia Petite Riviere Vineyards ShipBuilders Cider CovenHoven Distillery Katie Godon Wentworth Creek Farm Curd Girl Marine Institute of Natural and Academic Science The Yoga Hen Yoga Adventures All Lathered Up Soap Co. #2017hantscountyex #cometothefair

The Midway – Always a Favorite!

Midway faces! 🙀🤣Advanced midway bracelets are on sale at MacLeans and Needs PetroCan, Lakeside Variety, New Ross Clover Farm Store, Windsor Home Hardware.

$24 ($26 at Ex) Show bracelet to parking gate attendant for free parking.

The Pet Parade is Back

Sun. Sept 24th…. How many of you took part in the Exhibition Pet Parade as kids? Little Liza Sweet did. Here she is proudly parading piglets at exhibition in 1962, the 197th Hants County Exhibition.

The Pet Parade is back, Sunday Sept 24 at 1pm in the courtyard. Free admission to participating child (with pet) and one adult. Costumes are encouraged, and smiles are mandatory.

Shirley Spencer, a wonderful local photographer captured this moment. Please share this post, and share your special pet parade memories and photos in the comments. Susan Sweet

Future Farmers Friday

Fri Sept 15th…It’s a busy time of the year for Future Farmers Friday!

This year on September 15, we’ll welcome over 600 students, teachers and chaperones from Windsor Forks, Falmouth, Dr. A. Hines, Hantsport and Three Mile Plains Elementary Schools.

Future Farmers Friday is an opportunity for children to learn about agriculture, the environment, and our community – AND have some fun at the Hants County Exhibition.

This would not be possible without the support of the Hants County Federation of Agriculture, Windsor Agricultural Society, and many devoted and generous volunteers. Thank you to Municipality of the District of West Hants Valley Harvest Sweet Potatoes Agropur Green Schools Nova Scotia Marine Institute of Natural and Academic Science @Robert MacDonald
@Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture Mad Science Hants County 4-H @Nova Scotia Antique Engine & Tractor Association to name a few. Thank you to all who help make this happen. The Image shows maps with learning stations.

4-H Weekend

Sept 15 – 17th… 4-H weekend is coming fast!  The Hants County Exhibition is happy to be able to add the complete 4-H schedule for Sept 15-17 to our program book this year, for the convenience of club members, parents and 4H fans.

The 4-H light horse schedule is part of arena programming (also in the book and on the website). Please like and share the schedule. Hants County 4-H

Embrace your Inner Hillbilly

Sept 23rd…Register before Sept 16th to participate as a team of 2 in the Hants County Hillbilly Challenge on Saturday, September 23, 2017. This event takes place during the second weekend of the 252nd Hants County Exhibition and is sure to be a hillbilly good time!

Register for the Hillbilly Challenge Here

Participants will be required to complete several tasks throughout the day(11am-6pm) to qualify for the grand prize. The main event will take place at the Exhibition Arena and will have teams taking part in challenges such as partner carry, wheelbarrow weave races, hay bale carry, square dancing, and “horse” racing! All participants MUST compete the arena challenge in rubber boots! Costumes are encouraged and a prize will be awarded for the best one!

There will be a corporate/business category, a student (must be 18+) category, and a general category. Prizes will be awarded for the winners in each category.

Event Legacy Award to the 2015 Hants County Ex

Event Legacy Award Presented to Hants County Exhibition by AVESTA


The Windsor Agricultural Society received the Event Legacy Award for its 251st Hants County Exhibition.

This award was presented in recognition of an annual community festival or event providing long lasting benefits to a community in the Annapolis Valley.

The awards luncheon featuring several individual and group awards was hosted by the Annapolis Valley Event and Sports Tourism Association (AVESTA) and the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce .

This year’s Event Legacy Award was sponsored and presented by the Municipality of the County of Kings. Receiving the award on behalf of the Windsor Agricultural Society is director Cynthia Duey.