The Cochrane Fair
A nod to the folks from the Cochrane & District Agricultural Society, who have plenty to be proud of but the annual Cochrane Fair is truly a feather in its cap. It’s a celebration of a way of life that has deep roots in this community, forging lasting bonds between locals and visitors alike. Since 2012, the fair has been held at the agricultural grounds in late August. This weekend would have been the eighth edition, but unfortunately, it has been canceled for 2020. It will be back in 2021 better than ever!
With generous community support, Cochrane Fair has become an iconic annual event in Cochrane and we want to give you a peek at what the 12,000 or so people that come through the gates last year were a part of!!
Something for everyone
The fun begins on Friday night and runs through Sunday. There really is something for everyone, young and old and in between. There are community events, activities and western competitions across the grounds, with horses and cowboys and cowgirls, trick riders, wrestlers, ropers, bull riders, mini chuckwagons, mutton busters and more. Do all the rides on the midway and stick around for the evening entertainment. Come early, stay late!
Cochrane Classic Bull Riding; Mini Chuckwagon Races; Wild Angel Trick Riders; mutton busting contest; Extreme Cowboy Alberta competition; all-female Mounted Mayhem Drill Team.
On the Plaza
President’s Choice Superdogs; The Pet Valu Pet Show happens on Sunday morning; all the rides on the Midway.
Farm Alley is an absolute must-do, where town kids can learn about farm life. See horses, cows, sheep and goats, and other farm animals up close. Find out how to milk a cow and how butter is made. Learn how to rope like a cowboy.
The Big Top Tent
Family-friendly beer gardens, reptile show, more entertainment, and lots of tables and chairs when you need to catch your breath. The wrestling happens here too and so does the live music and dancing.
The market is set up inside the barn, with outdoor booths as well to accommodate all the vendors and exhibitors. Get ready to shop til you drop. And if you missed the reptile show, visit their booth and get your picture taken with a slithery new friend.
It is definitely Worth the Wait, so be sure to save the date for August 2021!
Guest Journalist – Jane Usher
Photography – Jacquie Matechuk
Videography – Chris from Blue Pixel Media