MEET THE 2022 ROYAL AMBASSADOR: WINSTON
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair announces a workhorse as this year’s ambassador, in addition to new programming for the landmark 100th anniversary celebration – which is taking place November 4-13, 2022at Exhibition’s venue, Toronto
TORONTO, June 28, 2022 /CNW/ – The countdown to 100 years of the Royal Agricultural Winter Faire The anniversary is officially launched! With just over 100 days until the doors open, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is proud to unveil the 2022 Royal Ambassador, Winston. The 26-year-old Percheron cross measures over 1.7 meters and will be a key figure in the centenary celebration organized in from Toronto Exhibition place from November 4-13. Winston joins a line of beloved royal ambassadors, which includes Turbo the goat, Lil’ Ben the miniature horse and the rooster duo, The Royal Duke and his son The Royal Roy.
“The Royal is an iconic Canadian event that celebrates the best of local food, agriculture and equine excellence this country has to offer. And after a two-year hiatus, we’re back bigger and better than ever as we celebrate our 100e anniversary,” said Charlie Johnson, Managing Director, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. “Given the significance of this year’s Fair, we knew we needed a larger than life ambassador to embody ‘A Century of Champions’. We are incredibly proud to have Winston on board – a horse of majestic trait that is an icon in this city’s history.”
Offered through a partnership between the Royal and the Toronto Sun, Winston joined the Toronto Police Service Mounted Unit in 1999 and deservedly received the name “Winter Sun” – nicknamed Winston. After 17 years of service, he retired in 2016, making Winston the longest-serving mount in the unit.
In addition to announcing the Royal Ambassador, the fair is pleased to share further information on the flagship initiatives taking place in November:
The Royal 100th Anniversary Gala and Royal Showcase.
On November 2The Royal 100e The Anniversary Gala and Royal Showcase will pay homage to the Fair’s vibrant history with a special event inside the Coca-Cola Coliseum. Beloved Canadian Television Personality, Rick Mercer will liven up the evenings. Featured performers include St. Andrew’s College Pipes & Drums, the RCMP Carousel, from Ontario first poet laureate Randell Adjeirising canadian country singer-songwriter SACHA and First Nations singer-songwriter Mary Bryton. To cap off the evening, there will be a special performance by legendary Canadian band Blue Rodeo.
The Royal Horse Show.
Ranked number 1 in indoor horse shows in North America and No. 3 in the world, the Royal Horse Show hosts the equestrian excellence of World Cup and Olympic Games athletes from around the world. For the first time in the Fair’s 100-year history, the Royal Horse Show will be an FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) 5*W event and will feature the Royal’s beloved world-class competitions and entertainment inspiring.
The Royal 100e Tickets for the Anniversary Gala and Showcase, as well as tickets for the Royal Horse Show are now on sale at royal fair.org
The Royal 100e Birthday timeline.
From first meetings to family traditions, from long nights to first competitions, the Royal is proud to highlight a “century of champions”. The Royal 100th Anniversary Timeline is a unique, interactive and engaging opportunity for all who attend, exhibit or attend our beloved event to upload and share their treasured memories, photos and stories over the years at 100ans.royalfair.org
Agreement between Le Royal, City of Toronto and place of exhibition.
With 100 years behind them, The Royal is also focusing on the next 100, confirming a new five-year license agreement with Exhibition Place and the City of Toronto. This agreement, between 2023 and 2027, reaffirms the Royal’s long-standing presence in one of the city’s most iconic and historic locations.
The Royal is making significant investments.
To enhance the experience of exhibiting, competing or participating in this iconic event, the Royal has made the largest capital investment in the Fair’s history. Investments include the purchase of new large barns for cattle and horses, tenant improvements including upgrades to Horse Palace lighting, painting and foundations, brand new signage action plan, and engaging and interactive “farm-focused” activities for families and school groups.
For media accreditation at this year’s Fair, visit www.royalfair.org/media
About the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair:
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest indoor agricultural and equestrian show in the world. Now in its 100th year, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is held every November at Exhibition Place in the City of Toronto and celebrates the best of agriculture, local food and equestrian competitions from across the country. For more information, please visit http://www.royalfair.org/
SOURCE The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
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