The History of South River-Machar, Ontario
Autumn Adventures at the Fall Fair
Horse Drawn Carriage, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, circa 1922
Horse Drawn Carriage, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, circa 1922 Details

Ah, the Fall Fair. What community in Ontario doesn't have a fall fair? This section is dedicated to South River's Fall Fairs throughout this history. This picture is of Henry Erven getting ready for the South River's Fall Fair Parade.

Horse Drawn Cart Getting Prepared, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, circa 1940
Horse Drawn Cart Getting Prepared, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, circa 1940 Details

Another picture of people getting ready for South River's Fall Fair Parade. This one has two teams of horses in decorative harnesses getting ready to go. The two men in the foreground are Ed Russel and Henry Evens.

South River Fall Fair, circa 1940
South River Fall Fair, circa 1940 Details
Just having a walk around a 1940s South River Fall Fair.
Man Almost Finished Chainsawing a Log,  South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1950
Man Almost Finished Chainsawing a Log, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1950 Details

Gordon Cotter is cutting a log with a chainsaw in a lumber cutting competition. There is a man judging Gordon very intently on the left side. Behind him there is a large crowd watching behind a wooden fence.

Man Chainsawing a Log,  South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1950
Man Chainsawing a Log, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1950 Details

Another image of Gordan Cotter cutting a log with a chainsaw. The judge at this event is W. G. Tough. The man watching Gordan Cotter closely is Grant Ulrick. Again there is a large crowd behind a wooden fence. One person is sitting on a pole to get a good view of the event.

Man in Chainsaw Competition, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1960
Man in Chainsaw Competition, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1960 Details

In this picture Grant Ulrick is cutting the log in the competition. W.G. Tough is judging the competition, again. Orval Detta, wearing the checkered shirt in the background, is watching the competition.

Two Men Hand-sawing a Log, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1960
Two Men Hand-sawing a Log, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1960 Details

Arnold Wylie and his partner are competing to cut through this log with a two-man crosscut saw. There is a judge on the right side and a few children watching on the inside of the fence. Behind the fence is a large crowd watching.

Two Men Sawing, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1960
Two Men Sawing, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1960 Details

Another picture of a two-man crosscut sawing competition. On the left is Jack Tough and Arnold Wyling is on the right. A judge is standing at the end of the log with the two men cutting. Again there is a crowd behind the wooden fence.

South River Fall Fair Tent, circa 1940
South River Fall Fair Tent, circa 1940 Details

Of course after the speed log cutting competitions, with so many manual and moving parts, there may be a need to take a trip to the red cross tent. This tent was set up on the fairgrounds of the South River Fall Fair.

A Group of People Riding Horses, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970
A Group of People Riding Horses, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970 Details

Doug Sohm, the man in white, is riding among a group of horses and other riders at one of the 1970s South River Fall Fair. They may be getting ready for the Fall Fair Parade or an event at the parade.

Men in Sawing Competition, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970
Men in Sawing Competition, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970 Details

This is a picture of a later sawing competition at the South River Fall Fair. The image has two men working on cutting through a log with a two-man crosscut saw. This image comes to us from the 1970s. We don't have the names of the people involved in this contest. However, unlike the earlier pictures there are men holding down the log at the far end and in the middle. The crowd is not as big as the ones we have seen before.

Two Elderly Men Sawing a Log, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970
Two Elderly Men Sawing a Log, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970 Details

This is another picture of men sawing through a log with a two-man crosscut saw. One of the men is George Hawthorne. The name of the other man is unknown. There are also disks on the ground which could have come from this round of the competition or previous ones. The audience for this event is pretty thin in comparison to earlier events.

Two Men Sawing a Log, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970
Two Men Sawing a Log, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970 Details

Here's one last picture of two men in a log cutting competition with a two-man crosscut saw. This is the first picture with a man without a shirt. There are some people watching but no where as many as in previous years.

Sawing Competition Event, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970
Sawing Competition Event, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970 Details

Ah ha, we have a new contest! Here we have a man rolling a log uphill. The incline of the ramp is roughly 45 degrees. The man is working alone at one end of the log to roll it up this incline. The man in the white shirt, Stew MacIntosh, is in the foreground; he may be a judge watching this event. The picture must have been taken by someone in the crowd.

Sundridge Lions Bugle Band, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, 1984
Sundridge Lions Bugle Band, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, 1984 Details

This next group of photographs all came from the 1984 South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair.

This picture is of the Sundridge Lions Bugle Band and Honour Guard marching in the South River Fall Fair. The Cadets in the picture from left to right are: Randy Streich, Fred DeProfio and Phil Gauthier.

Sundridge Bugle Band, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, circa 1984
Sundridge Bugle Band, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, circa 1984 Details

A Picture of the Sundridge Bugle Band. The picture focuses on a group of girls all holding batons. The bugle band is following close behind them.

School Children Parading, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970
School Children Parading, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair, circa 1970 Details

Picture of children marching in the South River Fall Fair Parade. They are all wearing red hats. They are walking off the main road on a gravel road.

Children Dressed in Costumes, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, 1984
Children Dressed in Costumes, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, 1984 Details

Group of children walking and riding in South River Fall Fair Parade. The children are in costume and some of their bicycles are decorated. The children are going from a paved road to a dirt road. It's hard to tell what the next group in the parade is. This Fall Fair parade took place in 1984.

Procession of Clown, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, 1984
Procession of Clown, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, 1984 Details

A group of clowns in the South River Fall Fair Parade. There are adults, children and dogs. There are children on bicycles. The group is walking from paved to a dirt road.

Man With Cows, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, 1984
Man With Cows, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, 1984 Details

A picture of a man driving two cows. The man is dressed in cowboy attire (a cowboy hat, cowboy boots). The cows are black and white spotted with horns. Behind the cows is a child on a pony, attended by a man and women.

Two Boys on Horses, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, 1984
Two Boys on Horses, South River Agricultural Society Fall Fair Parade, 1984 Details

Photograph of two children riding on horseback. The horses are tied together with a hobble. If you look to the right side of the horses there is a person walking alongside them. The horses are walking from paved to a dirt road. Behind them is a cart being pulled by four ponies.

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