Western Fair Returns: New Rides, Concerts and Cuisine Await in Southwestern Ontario


The largest fair in Southwestern Ontario springs to life this Friday in London, as the gates of the Western Fair swing open at 3 p.m. Thursday found work crews bustling about, conducting last-minute inspections and finalizing the setup of the 45 midway rides. The fair, previously put off due to the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, marks its triumphant return, commandeering an even larger platform in 2022 and continuing this trend in the present year.

Shifting from its customary venue, the fair, for yet another year, unfolds across the street. Long-standing attractions such as the Himalaya ride continue to thrill visitors, joined by five fresh additions to the midway, including X-Drive. This soaring ride has been branded as not being “for the faint of heart,” becoming the fair’s crowning jewel according to Greg Blanchard from the Western Fair.

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The excitement not only flourishes within the midway; visitors can also find their fill from free or ticketed concerts and a profusion of diverse cuisines. Further, the Agriplex, used previously as a vaccination clinic, opens its doors for the public, loaded with added displays. Inside, guests will be greeted by vendors and exhibitors, a fresh community stage, and a novel culinary exhibit.

Blanchard further reassures the public that the entrance costs for patrons between 10 and 65 years of age remain unchanged this year, maintaining their stability of the last decade. However, all other age groups can enjoy complimentary admission to the fair. A reminder to potential visitors, the online sales of discounted early bird tickets for the midway will cease at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.