Cochrane is host to the most Northern Fall Fair in Ontario, and it is also home to the oldest Fall Fair in Northern Ontario.
The first fair in town was held in 1913, just three years after the settlement itself was established as a transportation hub for the north.
In 1917, the Fall Fair had 1,000 people visit the grounds and $116.50 was collected at the gate. At that time, the largest attraction was the Tug-a-war which was "probably the best [one] that was ever witnessed in North country," as reported by the Cochrane Northland Post.
In the early years of the Fall Fair, prizes for exhibits included 'a sow with litter' and 'one pair of silk stockings.'
Board of Directors 2019
President: Sophie Moreau
First Vice President: Elissa Girard
Second Vice President: Heather Brouwer
Treasurer: Hope Levesque
Secretary: Joan Parsons
Directors: Valerie Chapleau, Yvonne Gooding, Elaine Kolomeitz, Pauline Labelle, Thelma Searles, Carolyn Struyk
Junior Director: Shirley Moreau
Membership in the Cochrane Agricultural Society is open to everyone. Cost is $12 , which also covers entrance fees as an exhibitor in the Fall Fair.
Board meetings are open to all members and are held monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm at the Cochrane Curling Club. Our Annual General Meeting is held in January.