Anybody raised in Toronto will have some fond memories of The Royal. From being an awesome field trip in grade school, my parents taking my sister and I, to taking all three of my own children and in recent years having the opportunity to go with my grandchildren The Royal has been a part of my life since I can remember. The annual fair started in 1922 and is still an important exhibition for the agricultural community to get together, compete, share notes and if lucky to leave with some beautiful ribbons. For us city kids an opportunity to see and touch some of these beautiful animals and to learn where our food comes from and the labour of love that goes into the growing of it. All kinds of livestock is showcased and judged from all breeds of cattle, horses, sheep goats right down to rabbits and guinea pigs. As fierce as the competitive aspect of the fair may be, it’s not hard to see the sense of community and lifetime commitment that these farmers share. Sunday gave me a chance to see some very talented young horses and riders in the Junior Jumping competition and learn first hand how to judge a rabbit.Always so much to see and do, great food and what’s a country fair without Square Dancing? It was my first visit as a member of the press, but more importantly still as much fun as it was when I was youngster and got to look into the eyes of a Holstein. Another awesome event in Toronto, well worth the effort to visit again and again. And if you happen to have many pounds of extra butter you could always do this with it! As always enjoy Toronto!