Community Curator Opening: Rooted in Agriculture and Education: The History of Rockton Agricultural Society

Rooted in Agriculture and Education: The History of Rockton Agricultural Society

19 September to 4 November

After a successful Fair, host Andrew Kernighan and a group of newspaper men reminisced about the successful 1878 show, all agreeing that there was no finer a fair in the province of Ontario. Jokingly, Jane Kernighan said it should be called the World’s Fair since all the world comes to visit. The newspaper editors and journalists agreed and the next day each of the newspapers titled the show “The World’s Fair at Rockton.”

While fair-goers today are no longer witness to contests such as “Best Head of Hair” or “Oldest Married Couple,” they can still enjoy agricultural displays, world-class livestock, heavy horse demonstrations, interactive educational exhibits, a thrilling midway, and delicious food. The Rockton World’s Fair has been an integral part of Hamilton and Southern Ontario history dating all the way back to the mid 1800’s.

In this exhibit, learn about the history of Rockton Agricultural Society (RAS). For example, find out about the Annual Dinner Theatre productions where guests enjoy home-cooked food and home-grown humor performed by local actors. Or, discover the RAS Ag/Education initiative that brings elementary schools to tour the fairgrounds and learn about agriculture through live demonstrations and hand-on experiences.  Our hope is to teach Museum visitors about the local men and women that participate in the Society, who are united by their livelihoods, their heritage in a rural community, and passion for country, education, and agriculture.