The Carp Fair is quite the operation. You park your car in a rolling green field off Carp Road and then take one of the shuttle buses running every few minutes to the fair grounds located two kilometres away. After having been shuttered by the pandemic in 2020, the fair — established in 1863 — was back in person this September for the 158th time. I had my first Pogo stick in more than twenty years, but I walked away from the temptation of purchasing a candy apple, as dental implants cost $4,000+ in Ontario. All in all, I learned something about woodworking, livestock, pumpkins and midways.

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