28 Responses to This years Fall Fair Music Schedule

  1. Ruth-Anne White August 18, 2011 at 5:20 am

    *sigh* sad but true..

  2. Scot Ferguson-Barber August 18, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Nope. No Metallica either. (They aren’t geriatric enough anyway)

  3. Scot Ferguson-Barber August 18, 2011 at 5:35 am

    I think it’s a conservative conspiracy. They’re still trying to get rid of us long haired hippies.
    2 nights of demo derbies? The mental rolodex is just spinning with “Redneck jokes.”

  4. Bmcooney August 18, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I couldn’t agree more. I was actually kind of pissed off when I found out there were no bands this year. The only thing I actually look forward to with the Fall Fair, is who’s playing. It’s something I have enjoyed anticipating each year, and something I have then enjoyed attending this year. I had no other reason to go to the fair, and thus won’t be going this year without the music. I think they’re going to realize that they made a huge mistake. Looks like it’s all derby’s and MMA fights this year. No thank you.

  5. Scot Ferguson-Barber August 18, 2011 at 6:38 am

    It’s a conservative conspiracy. It happens right before the election so us left wingers have no excuse to get together.
    In all seriousness, I find the fact that the Times doesn’t mention the fact that there is no music kind of noteworthy. you have to read between the lines to get it, which many people in this village won’t.
    Of course, the fair does spend a lot of money on advertising in The Times…

  6. Elvis August 18, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Perhaps they are looking at the next generation of fall fare goers. My 11 year old grandson just loves, and I mean loves, the Demo Derby. He regularly attends fall fairs all over Waterloo, Hamilton and Haldimand Regions to see them. That is as long as his both sets of grandparents budgets and schedules permit!

    Ty, tyvm,

  7. Dixon Parrks August 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I guess Trooper, Nazereth, and April Wine were not available. Saturday night at the Grand should be packed this year.

  8. Nickie August 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

    The Saturday night shows have always been our “end of summer” thing! We always look forward to seeing a band from the ’80’s and talking to old friends about “the days”. Well, if that’s not happening, then I will not set foot on grounds, even it they make it free. So disappointed. Now we’ll have to start another tradition.

  9. Lori August 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I guess im with Nickie on this one. That is the only reason i went to the fair!! Its very sad, i mean after all when they have bands at the fair, you can always count on meeting up with old friends and having a great time!!! Now their taking this away from us too, very sad 🙁

  10. Brenda August 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    What a shame!! Always looked forward to the live bands… 🙁

  11. John Andre August 31, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    As a native of Cambridge, (Galt), the fall fair was always the the best thing to go to before we all went back to school. As I grew up, I became one of the musicians that actually played on fall fair stages over the years. It was a chance for local talent to show off some of their music and even got a chance to win a recording session or two. I have played the stage as John Andre and have also been one of the founding members of Tommy Gunn that played that stage as well. Dave Angus was the choice for sound systems and always without fail delivered top notch sound production for who ever got up on stage. Dave Hibbs was by far the best co-ordinater of the fall fair and he also played that stage as well. So many local acts played that stage and quite a few of them went on to bigger and better things. If having no more bands is the sign of thngs to come then it is indeed an extremely sad progression. I cannot help but wonder if having no bands was a decision made because one or two of the local residents have complained of volume of those bands, my words to them, SHAME on you! Lets hope somebody on city council and the fairs organizing committee change their minds real fast!

  12. Sandy Weston September 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Think i will pass on the festival this year, sounds like a redneck weekend.

  13. Margaret Barr September 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Scot, perhaps you can’t read, because the Times made it pretty clear that live entertainment (of the musical variety) will not be present at the Fall Fair. Why you seem to think that everything written about (or not written about) in the Times is because of ‘ad sales’ is way beyond me. If the Times cared that much about the City’s advertising (as you mentioned in another thread) it sure wouldn’t have let me write the columns I used to…..(or the columns it continues to ask me to write….but I’m simply too busy). In addition the Times has donated a lot of (if not all) the Fair advertising.

    As for the Fall Fair, I have spoken with the organizers, and the ‘no band thing’ is simply a matter of the no money thing. The Fair lost money last year (due to the rainy weekend) and it has had to cut down on several events. As for the city council participation, there is none except the city provides use of the fair grounds. It’s not up to the city to make the Fair successful. The Fair is privately run and if the community doesn’t support it, whether by choice or by bad weather,then we can’t expect the Fall Fair to meet our personal expectations. I’m gonna miss the bands too….. 🙁

  14. joe schmoe September 9, 2011 at 12:10 am

    This blows man no fair for this guy his year better fix this next year idoits

  15. Allan Dettweiler September 9, 2011 at 1:32 am

    The fair is, apparently, run like government should be.
    If they can’t afford to do something – they don’t.
    No money. No band.
    Oh well, I can always do karaoke in Preston.

  16. Scot Ferguson-Barber September 9, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Margaret, The Times is not a newspaper. Perhaps it used to be, but now it’s nothing but a wrapper for advertising. As I said in another thread, the Pennysaver would give us better news.

  17. Scot Ferguson-Barber September 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Margaret, at no time do they mention the lack of a band. So by not saying anything about it they are reporting it? As far as my comment in the other thread about advertising, are you actually condoning the fact that neither The Times or The Record covered a “special council meeting” to overturn their previous decision on Limerick Rd?
    We both know there is a lot of things that go unreported in this village, and it pisses me off.

  18. Scot Ferguson-Barber September 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Margaret,, Torstar visits us faithfully. Perhaps I can shame them into giving Jeff more money to give us a proper paper.

    34.toronto star 15 (Visits) 4.00(Pg. pr visit) 00:03:35 (Avg time on site)

  19. Tim September 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    At least Cambridge, and many other communities, and Toronto, still have a fall fair. As a resident of Kitchener, I wonder if Kitchener is the only city that decided to stop having its annual fall fair. I don’t remember if the C.O.E. (Central Ontario Exhibition) in Kitchener stopped having concerts at the fair, before cancelling the fair altogether, I forget when, but maybe about 30 years ago, in 1981. I have a fond memory of The Stampeders, a Canadian band, performing at the fair in about 1972, I think, when I was only 12, and the band was hot at the time, with hits on the Top 40 radio station such as “Sweet City Woman”, and “Wild Eyes.” And it was even a free concert for fair goers. I think I’m going to the Cambridge Fall Fair this year, for my first time. I’d probably just go for the simple pleasures like the fresh air, exercise, maybe a ride on a ferris wheel, and some food.

  20. Tim September 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    If I go to the Cambridge Fall Fair today, (Saturday), I’m very concerned about the $12 cost of Adult admission. What do I get for that money? When I leave the fair, will I think that the cost of admission, along with my time and effort, was worth it? I’m not interested in attending the automobile demolition derby or the martial arts competitions. If the fair offered low cost or free admission, I’d be much more inclined to attend. My guess is the demolition derby and martial arts competitions are free entertainment included with the price of admission. Would the fair consider offering low cost or free admission, and then charge an admission fee for people interested in attending the demolition derby and martial arts events? I know the trend today, is to sell ’em what they don’t want, to keep them coming back for more, in the hope they’ll eventually get what they wanted. What next? Will shopping malls starts charging admission to shoppers upon entering malls? The rides, food, beverages, etc. still cost money. (I went for a 4 minute ferris wheel ride at a country music festival this summer and it cost me a whopping $5.)

  21. Scot Ferguson-Barber September 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    The Preston Kinsmen carnival was able to provide music, and no entry fee. The Preston Music Festival next weekend is another example.

  22. Sandy Weston September 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Great reply Tim! I have to agree with everything you written and in fact I have decided not to go to the fair this year and instead am going to spend my money on taking the kids out to go apple picking and other ‘True” family activities.

  23. Dixon Parrks September 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Will shopping malls start charging admission when entering the malls? Ah no, but rumour has it they will charge you for their bags.

  24. Tim September 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I went to the Cambridge Fall Fair on Saturday, for my first time ever. It would have been nice if Grand River Transit would have had their bus route #57 Blair Road buses scheduled to leave the Ainslie Street Bus Terminal every 30 minutes. Then I might have waited to take the bus from Ainslie Street Terminal to near the front doors of the Fair. But the #57 buses buses only run once every hour on Saturday, despite the 30 minute service indicated on the Ainslie St. Terminal bus platform pole. So I decided to walk. Not bad. I walked from Ainslie Terminal to the Fair in about 15 to 20 minutes. Had to walk back to the bus terminal, because #57 does not return past the Fair. Got a ride on that fancy looking big ferris wheel. It was fun while it lasted. Is it really 84 feet high like the Fair website says? I took a long look at it and my guess is it’s only about 50 to 60 feet high (= about 17 to 20 meters). I seriously think maybe they got the numbers 8 and 4 backwards, and maybe it should state 48 feet high. I was shocked that it cost $6 to get on the ferris wheel. I was hoping it might cost only about $2 or $3. When it was finally loaded up with passengers and started going round and round continuously, my ride lasted a rather short 2 minutes, to 2 minutes 15 seconds. I was hoping it might have lasted about 4 to 5 minutes. Even though it did not look that big of a ferris wheel when I was standing on the ground looking at it, it was very scary, at first, when I was riding it. I was rather annoyed when I wanted to use the washroom, and I was at the karaoke singing area, because a sign said Washrooms with an arrow pointing west, but I could not see any washrooms. So I ended up going ALL the way back to the entrance area of the Fair, where I’d seen washroom doors when I arrived, squeezing past the people entering the Fair because, as far as I know, they don’t have an exit line for customers to walk out of the building. I might go back to the Fair today (Sunday) and will look further toward the boxing ring area, for the washrooms. I did not see any cows or any other farm animals. If they’re at the Fair, I don’t know where they are. The Fair website shows photos of kids pettings cows. I was completely surprised (pleasantly) when I left the craft vendors’ building, when I discovered a karaoke stage with loud music and people singing karaoke songs. This was not mentioned on the Fair website. I’ve not been at a fall fair in years, but I’ve never been at one with karaoke. I really enjoyed seeing all the people sing. There were little toddlers to adults singing. At bars in Kitchener Waterloo, where I’ve sometimes sang at karaoke recently, and over the years, it’s only adults who sing, probably because of the legal drinking age of 19 or whatever it is. So it was nice to see that children enjoy singing karaoke too. Before I forget, I really think there should have been more than just ONE karaoke song book for all the potential singers to look at. I think there should have been about 5 to 10 song books. How are about 10 to 20 singers supposed to share ONE song book that’s thick, probably with about 50 pages? Plus, if you can’t find the song you’re looking for in the song book, you might try asking the karaoke host, because there might be lots more songs on the host’s computer. At least there was in my case. I could not find any songs by Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift in the song book. So as a last resort, I asked the karaoke host, and he got about 8 songs by Carrie Underwood, and about 8 songs by Taylor Swift, that showed up on his computer monitor. That might be a lot of work for him, if everybody asked him to check his computer files for all available songs. I wanted to sing “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” by Taylor Swift (from her first album titled “Taylor Swift”, and I think, the last music video made from that album), but it wasn’t in his collection on his computer monitor. So I decided to sing “So Small” by Carrie Underwood, instead. I was not planning to sing “So Small” at a karaoke bar for about two more weeks, because I wanted to practise it a lot more first. But I thought some of the Fair’s karaoke singers were not very good, maybe because they were very nervous or had never sang at karaoke before and did not exactly know what to do, or maybe they just didn’t care. So I thought, I think I can sing “So Small” fairly well. I think I can do better than some of the karaoke singers. So I sang “So Small” and had a lot of fun doing it. That’s the main thing, fun. I KNOW I don’t sound as good as Carrie Underwood, but I know Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift have lots of fans who are young, and especially, young girls. And I read somewhere that a lot of fans at one of Taylor Swift’s concerts were pre-teen aged girls. I’ve hardly every heard anyone sing a Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift song at a bar with karaoke, so I thought, I like music by Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, so I thought I’d sing it at the Fair’s karaoke, because maybe some of the children would like to hear a song by Carrie or Taylor, even if I can’t sing it as good, of course. Maybe the children are too shy or nervous to sing a song by Carrie or Taylor, even though they’re big fans. I think I stayed at the Fair about two hours altogether, about one and a half hours sitting in the miniature grandstand in front of the karaoke stage, and enjoying hearing the singers. I think karaoke made Saturday’s $12 cost of admission worthwhile. But if the Fair did not have karaoke, I think I only would have stayed about a half hour at the Fair. Thanks for providing karaoke.

  25. Tim September 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    One final note about karaoke at the Fair. I might as well mention, (since I know, and most people might not know, since I could not find any info. about karaoke on the Fair’s website), that today, Sunday, karaoke at the Cambridge Fall Fair starts at 1 P.M. and goes until 8 P.M. (That’s what the karaoke host announced last night).

  26. Tim September 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I went to the fair today, Sunday, and decided I didn’t want to sit through 7 hours of watching karaoke singers, so I arrived about 4 P.M. to watch the last 4 hours. Then it was announced that karaoke was closing (early) at 5:30 P.M. instead of 8 P.M. I was glad to sing another song today. Some girls sang two songs by Taylor Swift. It was nice to hear those songs. And I finally found the washrooms under the grandstand, (an employee told me where they were located) that were indicated on a sign beside the karaoke stage. There were lots of good singers again today. I noticed lots of vendors starting to close at about 5:30 P.M.

  27. George Lonsbury September 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    It sounds like lunch bag let down all over again,it use to be educational as well as fun but that is what happens when there is a bad apple in council.When people loose sight of the value of a dollar, that is bad, but to make it worse, it is our money they are dealing with!!!!!!!!!

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