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91 Reasons to Love The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, November 1 – 10, 2013

October 17, 2013

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (The
Royal) returns to Toronto from November 1-10 in the Ricoh Coliseum and Direct Energy Centre at
Exhibition Place. Visitors who flock to the annual fair next month will
enjoy innovative new programs – as well as everything that “loyal
Royals” have come to love and expect from the world’s largest combined
indoor agricultural and equestrian show.

“To celebrate our 91st year, we’ve compiled the top 91 reasons to love
the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair,” said Sandra Banks, Chief Executive
Officer, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. “With so much that’s new
this year, we wanted to highlight the must-see competitions,
activities, celebrities and of course, animals, that our guests can
enjoy at The Royal.”

    1.  THE PRESIDENT'S CHOICE ANIMAL THEATRE: an all-new facility, home
        to feature animal presentations including:

        2.  President's Choice SuperDogs

        3.  Goats on the Go - just... imagine it

        4.  Victoria Stilwell, star of The Animal Planet's hit series
            'It's Me or The Dog', onstage
            November 1 to help beleaguered pet owners solve their training

        5.  Animal psychic, Lauren Bode, will demonstrate her uncanny
            ability to connect with
            horses and dogs, both weekends of The Royal

        6.  Rabbit Jumping demonstrations!

        7.  Jack Russell Races

        8.  Sheep herding demonstrations by those clever border collies

        9.  Spirit of the Horse - equine education! Meet and learn about
            different breeds of horses

        SHOW: tradition and prestige combine with athletic rigour and
        entertainment to highlight the best in national and international
        equestrian sport, featuring:

        11. The 48th Highlanders, who will open the horse show Friday
            evening, November 1 - who
            doesn't love bagpipes?

        12. Sylvia Zerbini, formerly of Cavalia, will entertain with her
            nine Arabian horses, November 6-9

        13. Horse whisperer Guy McLean will amaze and delight audiences,
            November 1-5

        14. Rider rivalries: William Fox-Pitt, ranked second in the world
            in eventing and teammate
            Oliver Townend, both of Great Britain, will seek to dethrone
            Waylon Roberts of Port Perry,
            Ontario during opening weekend at the $20,000 Indoor Eventing

        15. Black tie affairs: Wednesday through Saturday evenings you
            will find that much of the
            crowd is in fancy attire, and it's not unusual to see Jimmy
            Choo's stepping carefully through
            the cattle barn en route to the Tanbark Club for box-seat

        16. Really, really big jumps: The Hickstead FEI World CupTM,
            presented by GroupBy, will
            be the most difficult show jumping you will see all week, with
            riders facing jumps ranging
            between 1.45 metres and 1.60 metres, with spreads of up to two
            metres wide, in the hopes
            of taking home their share of the $100,000 prize money

        17. Canadian actress Amber Marshall of CBC's Heartland  will
            return to the Royal to host:

            18. The Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo on November 3 - this
                rodeo is home to trick riders and barrel racers and all
                the western
                hooplah fans love

        19. Olympians: The Ricoh Big Ben Challenge, the evening of
            November 9, will feature top international and Olympic
            riders and horses competing for a chance at the $75,000 purse

                I Tip: Tickets are nearly sold-out but if you attend
                Wednesday, Thursday or Friday night shows, you can see
                the same pairs competing!

        20. Dances with horses: don't miss Thursday night's competition
            featuring horses and riders
            literally "dancing" to music in the Olympic sport of freestyle

        21. The Dog & Pony Show, aka the International Canine/Equine
            Challenge, teams a President's
            Choice SuperDog with an international jumper, each to jump
            their respectively sized courses,
            on November 9

        22. Massive and magnificent: top teams from each breed (Belgian,
            Clydesdale and Percheron)
            return to the ring together for an overall grand-championship
            on November 9, for the $15,000
            Royal Championship Six-Horse Draft Hitch

        23. Weekday matinee horse show performances and all horse shows on
            November 10 are
            free with a General Admission ticket

    24. THE a-MAZE-ing FOOD JOURNEY: walk the path your food takes from
        farm to table at this brand new interactive exhibit,
        where it's ok to play with your food

    25. AGtivity CENTRAL: where parents can check their smartphones while
        their little ones enjoy:

    26. Face painting

    27. Mini tractor rides

    28. A farm-inspired playscape

    29. THE PIZZA PIZZA PETTING FARM: home to more than 60 friendly,
        child-sized farm animals

    30. FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD:Royal visitors can rub elbows with farmers,
        scientists, and of course, chefs, all sharing their
        passion for food and an interest in farm based learning to
        encourage sustainability, conservation and preservation of
        our environment, while enjoying:

        31. A working greenhouse so serene it will make you forget your
            day job

        32. An edible garden - sit down and relax among the herbs and
            edible flowers

        33. Health Professionals night where guests can hear from
            dietitians, nutritionists, and
            food industry professionals

        34. Taste Canada's "Cook the Books" competition featuring George
            Brown College
            chefs and cook book authors

        35. Home Cooks contest, meal preparation and knife skills
            demonstrations - for the
            rest of us!

        36. The Royal Wine competition featuring 60 Ontario wineries you
            need to know about

        37. The Royal Mixology Competition where 10 of the city's top
            mixologists compete for
            Royal honours from 6-9 p.m. on November 4

        38. The Royal Pub Crawl kicking off at 7:30 p.m. at The Royal
            Vineyard & Brew House,
            November 2

    39. ART in the Royal Winter Gallery and Cafe featuring a 300 piece
        exhibit by Canadian naturalist and painter, Robert
        Bateman, who will be on site both weekends to discuss his art, and
        onsite November 6 to share his environmental
        perspective at For the Love of Food

        across Canada will come to The
        Royal to deliver their prepared speeches on current agricultural
        topics, November 2 at 9am

        41. Provincial 4-H Go For The Gold Competition Finals: again this
            year, this youth game show tests
            4-H members on their knowledge of 4-H best practices and
            current agricultural trends

    42. THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL "HARVEST PATH": hosting competitions
        celebrating the best in fresh, locally
        grown and produced food, featuring:

        43. Honey & beeswax, including entries by beekeepers as young as
            three years old

        44. Maple syrup and maple products, a truly Canadian competition

        45. Jams, jellies, and pickles where family recipe rule

        46. Field crops: the beautiful wheat, oat and barley sheaves are
            not to be missed

        47. Vegetables: because everyone needs to see a pumpkin that
            weighs more than 1,000 lbs

        48. Apples: witness the best of this year's bumper apple crop

        49. Cheese: more than 400 lbs of glorious cheese AND a chance to
            sample champion wines and
            cheeses at daily "cinq a sept" events (5 - 7 p.m.)

        50. The delicious art of butter sculpting

    51. THE ROYAL CULINARY THEATRE: home to the Royal's biggest food

        52. The Road to the Royal Chef Challenge finale on November 2,
            where guests will see finalists
            from each regional fair fight for the winning title of The
            Road to the Royal Chef Challenge, including:

        53. Chef Justin W. Miller, Cabin Bistro, finalist from The Great
            Northern Exhibition

        54. Chef Justin Downes, Vineland Estates, finalist from the
            Niagara Regional Exhibition

        55. Chef Andrea Legacey, Devlin's Country Bistro, finalist from
            the Paris Fair

        56. Chef Bryan Simmons, Chatterpaul's, finalist from the Brooklin
            Spring Fair

        57. With Ben Mulroney, eTalk, and Bob Blumer as hosts!

        58. And Chef Jonathan Goodyear, Top Chef Canada finalist, as part
            of the judging team

        59. The Royal Chef Challenge 2013, where Toronto's finest hotel
            kitchens square off in heated
            competition hosted by Bob Blumer, November 1 & 3

        60. And the red hot finale, hosted by Chef Curtis Stone, at 2pm on
            November 9

    61. THE ROYAL BARNS:home to more than 4,000 animals during the 10-day
        fair, including:

        62. More than 800 horses and ponies representing every imaginable
            size and skill set

        63. More than 800 dairy cattle from five dairy cattle breeds,
            including Ayrshire, Holstein and Jersey

        64. More than 600 beef cattle from six beef cattle breeds,
            including Angus, Limousin, Shorthorns and

        65. More than 450 sheep representing eight varieties, including
            Suffolk, Oxford, Lincoln, Texel, North
            County Cheviot, Southdown, Hampshire, and Dorset, as well

        66. Sheep shearing demonstrations! (In 2012, a baby lamb was born
            to a sheep awaiting shearing)

        67. More than 250 goats, including Nubian, Alpine and Saanan
            breeds- both dairy and meat breeds

        68. More than 800 chickens, geese, turkeys, pigeons and all
            associated clucks, crows and coos

        69. More than 600 rabbits and cavies from more than 100 different

    70. THE ROYAL FARM ANIMAL COMPETITIONS: taking place in the Scotiabank
        Ring of Excellence

        71. A family favorite, the Rabbit and Cavy show is on November 10,
            and with more than 100 different
            classes for rabbits, cavies, and wool products, this may be
            the softest competition the Royal has to offer

        72. The National Junior Beef Heifer Show will see 4-H members from
            across Canada come to Toronto to
            claim the National title of Grand Champion - youth who have
            been working with their cows all year to
            prepare them for their moment in the limelight on November 4

        73. The Royal welcomes back the National Hereford Show, November 2

        74. East National Dairy Goat Show opening weekend, November 1-3

        75. TD Junior Sheep Show with more than 100 youth participating -
            a great example of the next generation
            of Canadian farmers

        76. Royal Poultry, Waterfowl and Pigeon show trophy presentations
            on November 6

        77. Dairy breeds galore: the Ayrshire show, the Brown Swiss show,
            the National Black and White Holstein
            show, the National Red and White Holstein show, and the
            National Jersey show... all will be vying for
            the Grand Champion Banner of their breed and the coveted title
            of Supreme Champion of The Royal

    78. THE ROYAL AUCTIONS:serious business events for farmers at the
        Royal, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the
        complex role of genetics in the food production industry

        79. The Sale of Stars, a premier event for Holstein enthusiasts
            from Canada and around the world, which
            grossed more than $2-million in 2012, November 7 at 5:00 p.m.
            in the Scotiabank Ring of Excellence

        80. The Queens Guineas Competition and Auction, open to bona fide
            4-H Beef Members in the Province
            of Ontario with a 2013 beef steer or market heifer, takes
            place November 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the
            Scotiabank Ring of Excellence

        81. The Ontario Junior Barrow, a youth swine competition for both
            showmanship and conformation in
            the show ring, prepares the top placing animals to be sold
            Ontario Junior Barrow Auction November
            1 at 5:30 p.m. in Royal Swine Ring (Lower East Annex)

        82. The Royal Elite All Breeds Sale featuring top quality beef
            cattle takes place on November 1 at
            6:30 p.m. in the Scotiabank Ring of Excellence

        83. The Royal Market Lamb Auction on November 5 at 5:00 p.m. in
            the Royal Sheep Ring
            (Lower East Annex)

        84. The Royal Wool Auction, for champion fleece and shawls, will
            close the Royal on November 10

    85. FABULOUS FOOD:celebrate the harvest at any of The Royal's seven
        onsite restaurants including:

        86. Fine dining at the Royal's flagship restaurant, The Royal

        87. The Hitching Ring Cafe & Bar, where you sit alongside the
            equine warm-up ring; The Tanbark Club,
            exclusive to Horse Show box seat subscribers; The Bull Pen
            Saloon, where all the after-show action
            is (dancing, anyone?); The Bit & Bridle Pub, a hidden hot spot
            on the upper level of the Horse Palace

        88. Award winning VQA wines and Ontario craft brews at The Royal
            Vineyard & Brewhouse

        89. High tea at The Royal Winter Gallery and Cafe

        90. The famous Food Court for fudge, fries and all your favourite
            fair treats (potato rosti, apple
            dumplings, cinnamon buns, baked potatoes, lamb on a bun?) Oh

    91. SHOPPING: featuring everything from cowboy boots to winter horse
        blankets, barn jackets to belt buckles - including Tuesday
        where many equine themed retailers will be giving a discount if
        you show your Canadian Hunter Derby Finals ticket stub

A full schedule of The Royal’s 2013 programming is available at royalfair.org/schedule. Discount tickets can be purchased online at royalfair.org or full price at the door. The Royal Horse Show tickets are also
available online through royalfair.org or you can upgrade your general admission ticket for a Horse Show
ticket at the Fair.

About The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world’s largest combined
indoor agricultural and equestrian show. This year, The 91st Royal
Agricultural Winter Fair runs November 1-10, 2013 in the Direct Energy
Centre and Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. Visit royalfair.org for more information.

The Royal is Canada’s leader in showcasing agricultural, food and equine

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Video with caption: “Video: The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 2013 Preview”. Video available at: www.youtube.com/v/QrMToPlw7CM

Image with caption: “Judging Butter Sculptures – Credit Ben Radvanyi Photography (CNW Group/The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131017_C4737_PHOTO_EN_32173.jpg

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Image with caption: “Giant Pumpkins – Credit Ben Radvanyi (CNW Group/The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131017_C4737_PHOTO_EN_32171.jpg

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