The East Somerset Agricultural Society Fair began in 1832 as a local 1 day cattle show and small fair but eventually became a huge 3 day regional event complete with horse racing drawing hundreds of competitors and viewers from around the region. The fairgrounds contained a racetrack, grandstand, stables and an exhibition hall. Along with the very popular horse races were sheep, horse, cattle, swine and poultry shows. Other parts of the fair included numerous competitions in the Exhibition Hall for best maple syrup, butter, jellies, pickles, breads, cakes, pies and other farm products. It held its last fair in 1922 before disbanding. While several factors contributed, most reports indicate that one of the main reasons for the fair's demise was caused by a well intended but financially faulted decision to introduce a "life time" membership admission policy. Instead of collecting gates fees annually from each person attending, an entire family could buy annual admission for life for the price of basically one year's admission. It only took a few years before the annual take at the gate was nearly next to nothing and the monies gathered from the life time fee weren't nearly enough to cover operating expenses.