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North Lanark Agricultural Society and Almonte Fair

Phone:613-256-1819 (Fair Office & Agricultural Hall)
Address:195 Water Street, Almonte
Email: [email protected]

Agricultural Society, Almonte Fair.

The annual fair of the North Lanark Agricultural Society is one of the oldest fairs in the Ottawa Valley. Continuously in operation each year without a break. It began in Carleton Place, not Almonte, back in 1840 when the Bathurst District Agricultural Society was formed. The Bathurst District included Lanark and Renfrew counties and that part of Carleton County which included Bytown. It had Perth as its judicial centre, here all property was registered and all court cases tried, even for Bytown. However, the Bathurst District gave way to the riding of Lanark and Renfrew and finally the North and South ridings of Lanark were created in 1848. The North Lanark Agricultural Society continued from the former district society.The annual Show Fair was held for a number of years in Carleton Place. Then, because many more Ramsay people were exhibitors, a meeting was held in the Ramsay town hall, on the 8th line near the Auld Kirk, Jan 22, 1858. There the Con­stitution was drawn up for the North Lanark Agricultural Society which was to hold its annual fair at Ramsayville, now Almonte. For a few years the fair was held on the McFarlane Farm where Boyd Jamieson now lives. An annual picnic was also held there by the society.However in 1862 three acres of land was purchased in the town beside the river where it has remained.


      About the North Lanark Agricultural Society (NLAS)

The predecessor of the NLAS was the Agricultural Society of the North Riding of the County of Lanark. Which created the first constitution of the Agricultural Society on  March 27th, 1858 .Early in Canadian history is was recognized that it was critical to improve the business of agriculture. The governing bodies in the mid 1800s decided that the formation of agricultural societies could assist in the promotion and development of individual farms. This practice of assisting agricultural societies continued well into the 1970s.

NLAS logoTo the best of our knowledge the current NLAS was formed in 1861.

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