September 22nd, 2016

Students Unite to Honour Tradition

Students from Sydenham Community and Bayview Public Schools in Owen Sound are already becoming acquainted in anticipation of the merging of the two school communities in September 2017. As part of the 163rd Annual Sydenham Fall Fair on Thursday, September 22nd, organizers, staff and students from Sydenham invited their future school peers from Bayview to come to Grey Roots Museum & Archives for a taste of what this historic tradition is all about.

Arguably the oldest and last Canadian school-based fall event of its kind still in operation, the Sydenham Fall Fair is alive and well with no plans of ending any time soon.

“We have a fantastic group of volunteers, sponsors, staff and students who work extremely hard each year to ensure that this tradition continues to inspire a new generation of young learners.  With the joining of the two school communities next September, we are all very excited and committed to maintaining and building upon the success of the Sydenham Fall Fair,” says Sydenham Community School Principal Karen Spragg.

“Inviting Bayview students to attend this year’s Sydenham Fall Fair not only provided an excellent educational opportunity to learn about a unique local tradition, but also illustrated a thoughtful gesture in school community building for the future by our friends at Sydenham,” says Bayview Public School Principal Lauren Lipsett.

As in the past, this year’s event connected students with their rural roots through hands-on activities and displays that showcased and celebrated the importance of local agriculture and how our food progresses from farm to table.  Students contributed a wide assortment of creations for exhibition and judging at the Moreston Heritage Village barn, such as home grown vegetable and garden displays, baking, construction and crafts, creative writing and even livestock.  The latter included miniature ponies, calves, lamb, goats and pigs.  A separate pet show featuring dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters, was also held.  A new addition to this year’s itinerary was the Fall Fair Amazing Race for students in Grades 6 to 8.

At the end of the day, many Bayview students were left with a positive first impression and sense of excitement to get involved next year.  Their attendance was made possible thanks to the support of the Bayview School Community Council who covered bus transportation costs.     

In addition to Thursday’s event, the viewing of exhibits at Grey Roots and other fall fair classroom activities at Sydenham spanned most of the week.,Geneva,Sans-Serif

September 23rd, 2015

Sydenham Fall Fair Comes Home

September 29th, 2011


(L-R) Alex MacPherson, 9, Tyson Cunningham, 8, Logan Porter, 10, Jonathan Ellis, 10, Landon Sanford, 8, and Emerson Lines 10 enjoy some of the pumpkin carvings entered into the 158th Annual Sydenham Fall Fair Thursday September 29, 2011. The pumpkins were just one of the many vegetables, crafts, and projects entered into the fair which was held for the fourth year at Grey Roots in Rockford. Over 500 kids from Sydenham School in grades junior kindergarden to grade 8 participated in the day long fair that also included baking, photography, art and livestock competitions.--JAMES MASTERS/QMI Agency/The Sun Times

September 24th, 2011

Sydenham Fair Nears

The Sydenham Fall Fair, which organizers say may be the oldest such school-based event in Canada, runs next week at Grey Roots Museum and Archives.

Highlights include a pet show Thursday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. and a livestock show at 1 p.m., Grey Roots said in a news release Friday.

About 500 junior kindergarten to Grade 8 students from Sydenham Community School are expected to take part in the 158th annual agricultural event, organized by the Sydenham Agricultural Society.

Projects will be judged and displayed throughout the Grey Roots facility, and at various locations in the Heritage Village including a large number of displays in the 1920s barn. They include writing, photography and crafts, along with baked goods, fruits and vegetables and livestock.

Grey Roots is the site for the one-day student fall fair for the fourth time this year, with the student work to remain on display Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. Thursday fair day is free for all students, teachers and parents from Sydenham school, while regular museum admission fees apply to the public.