In its 172 years of the Markham Fair, visitors of all ages have competed in and watched the many different contests available. Read on to learn some of the history of these contests and how you can register for them!
These contests were part of Markham Fair for years, but have been retired and replaced with new ones!
Adult Spelling Bee
Sure, there are youth spelling bee champs who can spell “perspicacious”, but could you? Back in the 1980s, Markham Fair hosted spelling bees for adults too! There’s no need to start memorizing the dictionary though, because there is only a spelling bee for schoolchildren now. Teachers, keep an eye out in September for more info!
Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
How big can you blow a bubble out of bubble gum? All that was needed for this contest was bubble gum and the judge’s ruler to determine the winner. Some American state fairs still continue this tradition by hosting bubble gum contests to this day!
Log Sawing Contest
Back before power saws became a household staple, the log sawing contest tested strength and teamwork. This contest tested to see which pair could cut through their log the quickest with a crosscut saw. This contest wasn’t for the faint of heart and always drew big crowds of cheering fans!