​​​​Kiss The Ground You Walk On, Canada​

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A good community citizen, the Collingwood Agricultural Society sponsors the Great Northern Exhibition annually. Once held in Collingwood and now resident in neighbouring Clearview Township, the Great Northern Exhibition is a fun-filled fair. Here, spectators at the annual Santa Clause parade in Collingwood get a reminder that the Great Northern Exhibition will be held on dates in September of each year. The Great Northern Exhibition will be held September 23, 24 and 25 in 2016. For more information, click on www.greatnorthernex.com.

A welcoming hand beckons during setup for the annual Great Northern Exhibition. Here, at the fruit, vegetables and seeds competition, one of the GNE's organizers, Manfred Leimgardt of Stayner, Ontario, takes pride in encouraging participants to show off their best growing efforts. The Great Northern Exhibition has deep roots in the southern Georgian Bay area and has been an continuing annual event for some 161 years. For more details, check www.greatnorthernex.com.

The scarecrow contest is just one of hundreds of competitions which anybody can enter at the annual Great Northern Exhibition, held in Clearview Township, near Colllingwood, Ontario, Canada.

​For more about fall fairs in Ontario, click on www.ontarioagsocieties.com.

Many people consider the Great Northern Exhibition (GNE) a top-notch fall fair in the Georgian Bay region. Held annually on the third weekend after Labour Day each September, the GNE offers hundreds of things to see, do, smell and touch! As a result, thousands of visitors attend this weekend-long fall fair which is held in Clearview Township, east of Collingwood and west of Wasaga Beach. To reach the fairgrounds, take the Beachwood Road, between Collingwood and Wasaga Beach until you get to the junction of Fairgrounds Road and then go south. From Creemore, you can take the Fairgrounds Road from its southern end and follow it north until you see the GNE fairgrounds on your left almost at the northern end of this road. For more about the GNE, click on the Great Northern Exhibition's website. Photo at top-right shows some of the many entries in the GNE's arts and photograph show.