July 02, 2020

Youth Talent Showcase

6:00PM - Libro Credit Union Main Stage

The Youth Talent Showcase sponsored by ESSEX HOME HARDWARE is THURSDAY, JULY 2nd at 6:00pm on the Main StageRegistration starts at 5:15pm. Free admission into the fairgrounds for all on this day. 

This year we have 2 divisions to enter in; Junior Division age 4-8 years, and Senior Division age 9-12 years.


The judges will award a winner, a first runner up and a second runner up. All participants will receive a gift for their efforts, regardless. Judged on Appearance, Talent, Question & Answer and Audience Acceptance.


July 04, 2020


11:00AM - Downtown Essex Centre

One of the highlights of the Essex Fun Fest is its annual downtown parade. This year's date is Saturday, July 4th. Parade time is 11:00am. This year's theme is TBD


The parade commences at the intersection of Talbot Street (Main Street) and Fairview Avenue and proceeds north along Talbot Street to Maidstone Avenue. The parade welcomes all Marching Musical Groups, Specialty Groups, Commercial Entries, Services Clubs and Antique Vehicles to participate in the parade.


The Essex Fun Fest encourages you be creative with your entry and don’t forget to ensure that your business name or logo is visible. No awards are handed out, this is all about having fun.


Deadline to submit your entry is June 30th. There is no entry fee.


2020 Parade Entry Form COMING SOON!

Bike Parade

Once again this year is the return of the bike parade. This parade is an opportunity for youngsters to show they live an active lifestyle and ride along with the grand marshall.  Thousands of people line the streets of downtown Essex Centre and this is an exciting opportunity for children to become involved. 


We are looking for children between 5 and 8 years old and they must have a parent or guardian to ride along with them.

The first 50 registrants will be accepted to participate and we will contact you with further details the week of the parade. 


We require bike parade participants to be available between 9:30am and 11:00am on June 30th, 2020.

2020 Bike Parade Entry Form COMING SOON!

July 04, 2020

Off Kilter Equine Entertainment TBD

12:45PM - Fireworks viewing area behind food vendors

Sponsored by HARROW CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC. Off Kilter Equine Entertainment is a Trick Riding, Trick Roping, Whip Cracking and Drill Riding boost of energetic young riders all sharing in the common bond of entertainment! This exciting show is designed to leave the audience in awe of its performers. Watch as a Trick Rider hangs with their head only inches from the ground or a as a whip moving 750 mph snaps a rose from someones hand! This performance backed by heart pumping music is guaranteed to leave you at the edge of your seat! Tricks to be performed subject to change.

July 04, 2020

Watermelon Eating Contest

1:00PM-2:00PM - Secondary Performance Stage

There's nothing better than enjoying a cold, refreshing watermelon on a hot summer day. If you are a true watermelon lover and think you have the skills to outpace the competition, then plan now to join us for the annual Watermelon Eating Contest.


Two divisions to choose from including ages 6 to 12 and another for ages 13 and up.


There is a maximum number of entrants permitted so sign up early. Registration is at the festival information booth located in the middle of the park near the picnic area. Registration is Friday, July 6th thru Saturday, July 6th. Times TBD.

July 04, 2020

Fireworks Spectacular!

10:05PM - Essex Arena Fairgrounds

Join us inside the fairgrounds for one of the area's best, mid-summer fireworks shows. Plenty of family friendly areas to view these great fireworks, as well as in the Molson Coors Bavarian Entertainment Gardens or the Libro Credit Union Main Stage area.

This timeless tradition continues to be one of the festival's biggest drawing cards and is always well attended, so come early and stake out your space.

Fireworks are off at 10:05pm sharp.

July 05, 2020

Essex Fun Fest Annual Horshoe Tournament

Noon - Molson Coors Bavarian Gardens

Horseshoes sponsored by ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BR. 201 ESSEX.

Male and female. Open to all. Limited space available.

Registration is 11:30am. 


For more information contact Kinger at (519) 772-8247.

July 05, 2020

Pony Rides

12:30PM-4:30PM in fireworks viewing are behind food vendors

Sponsored by SIEFKER GROUP. Sarah Parks Horsemanship is back again, providing pony rides to youngsters all afternoon. 

Sarah Parks Horsemanship (SPH) is owned and operated by Sarah Parks who is a Certified Horsemanship Association Accredited Instructor in both English & Western riding disciplines with over 20 years of experience. An avid rider from a young age, Sarah is a two time American Quarter Horse Association World Champion Qualifier and winner of two National Championship titles at The All American Quarter Horse Congress, the world's largest horse show. Her passion for training horses and teaching people has led her to apprentice with some of the nation's most accomplished equestrians, completing internships in California, Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma to name a few.

July 05, 2020

Border City Wrestling

2:00PM - Molson Coors Bavarian Gardens

Canada's #1 Independent Professional Wrestling Organization!

Founded in 1993, Border City Wrestling (BCW) is a professional wrestling promotion, and home for several Total Nonstop Action Wrestling superstars, including Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Johnny Devine, and Eric Young. It is also where many future stars got their start, including Edge, Christian Cage, Rhino, Joe E. Legend, Zach Gowen, etc.

Border City Wrestling alumni includes Bret Hart, The Rock, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Jimmy Hart, Raven, Christian Cage, and many more!


This year's wrestling card TBD

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