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A look inside the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

11/10/2014 04:14 EST | Updated 01/10/2015 05:59 EST
It was 95 years ago that a cattle farmer from Brooklin, Ontario, had the idea for the first national agricultural exhibition, showcasing the best in Canadian farming and livestock.

W.A Dryden and a group of farmers set up a committee in 1918 that would eventually lead to the formation of The Agricultural Winter Fair Association of Canada. The name would later adopt the word “Royal” when King George V of England granted permission for its use.

On November 22, 1922, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair opened for the first time.

“Back in 1922, when the Royal started, rail cars came from both sides of Canada into this very place to show cattle against one another. It was a unifying factor back in the 1920’s," said Peter Hohenadel, the director of agriculture and food. 

This year's fair runs from November 7 to 16. Watch the video above to get a look inside the annual fair.

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