Carp Fair at a Glance

Carp Fair

Enjoy a fun filled day in the country at the “Best Little Fair in Canada”, the Carp Fair.   With great music, great shows, and a huge midway… you’ll find something for the entire family!  Feel the exhilaration of all the midway twists turns and tumbles!  Enjoy live music, world-class horse shows and Presidents Choice SuperDogs! Your kids will beam with excitement at the Family Circle tent with magic shows, and puppets or experience agricultural learning in the Ag Tent, petting zoo and more!  It’s a full weekend of family fun! For a great fall day in the country – where all your senses will be activated – see, hear, smell – come visit Carp Fair 2017 and go home exhausted.

Associations & Awards


Canadian Association of Fairs & Exhibitions

C.A.F.E. represents a broad spectrum of fairs from small community rural fairs to large urban exhibitions. 2013 the Carp Fair won for Best Poster Design. Visit Website


Festivals & Events Ontario

Carp Fair received Top 100 FEO Award in 2015. Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) has been representing the festivals and events industry in Ontario for over 25 years, making sure communities continue to produce unique, quality festivals in all corners of the province. Visit Website

1392056315West Ottawa Board of Trade

Carp Fair was finalist in the 2015 People’s Choice Business Award for Tourism Business of the Year.  Carp Fair received the award for TOURISM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR in 2012 from the West Ottawa Board of Trade  Visit Website

Ottawa_Tourism_logoOttawa Tourism

Carp Fair is a proud member of Ottawa Tourism. Carp Fair was a finalist at the Ottawa Tourism awards for 2015 Event of the Year.Visit Website


Every year hundreds of volunteers join together to put on “The Best Little Fair in Canada!”

Over the last 153 years the Carp Fair has grown to be one of the largest Agricultural Fairs in the Capital region. This would not have been possible with out the help of our great volunteers. From assisting in parking to helping with agricultural shows there is lots of opportunity to join your community, family and friends in putting on the “The Best Little Fair in Canada.” Interested in Volunteering? Please visit Ottawa Festivals to view our volunteer opportunities.

Our History


“In 1863 a great occasion there happened to be.” It was the very first annual Carp Fair. Friends and neighbour gathered together to showcase all things agriculture.


The Township Council provided a grant of $200 for the Society to help with the purchase of two acres of land at the site of the present fairgrounds. The Two acres were fenced with posts provided by Thomas Hodgins.


Carp Fair celebrated 150 years! With a new record of 25 – 6 hitch horses in the show ring at one time. 150 Heavy Horses for the 150th!

About Us

For 153 years Carp Fair has showcased everything from agricultural exhibits to live musical performances. There is something for everyone and all age groups. Throughout the year the Carp Fairgrounds offer indoor winter storage, licensed hall rentals and beautiful grounds to host your event.

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3790 Carp Rd. Carp, ON K0A 1A0
T: 613.839.2172
F: 613.839.1961