By Dan Rankin
The 93rd annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto wrapped up on Sunday, after thousands of people came to tour the agricultural expo and check out the numerous farming, riding and food competitions.
To promote the event which ran from Nov. 6-Nov. 15, on the day before it began, the Fair’s honorary ambassador, Turbo the Goat, took a Go Train from the Exhibition grounds to downtown Toronto. CBC reported he was the first-ever goat to ride the Go Train to Union Station. From there, he headed to City Hall, where he met city councillor Norm Kelly, before making the trip back to the fair.
Over the course of the fair, a number of other notable folks had their pictures taken with the five-year-old Nigerian Dwarf Goat, including Olympian equestrian rider Ian Millar, businessman Robert Herjavec from TV’s Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. These were all posted to Turbo’s Twitter account, @Turbo_Goat, which has over 1,000 followers.
Prince Edward’s wife Sophie toured the Royal last Friday, Nov. 13, along with Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, before toasting the 100th anniversary of 4-H Canada. The last time a member of the Royal Family attended the festivities was in 2009, when Prince Charles and his wife,Camilla, were present for the opening ceremonies.
Also notable, the young black Angus female OSU Empress 3100 repeated as the Fair’s Supreme Champion with a bull calf at her side, after having won the same event in 2014 as a yearling heifer. She is owned by Saskatchewan breeders Corrine and Clayton Gibson of Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan, but Peter Fritjers of Premier Livestock in Milverton, Ontario and Rob Hasson of Guelph also own partial interest.