The Lindsay Agricultural Society
The Lindsay Agricultural Society (LAS) was formed in 1854 for the purpose of encouraging an awareness of agriculture and promoting improvements in the quality of life of persons living in the agricultural community and beyond. Throughout the society’s 167 years, it has remained loyal to its mandate, consistently promoting the agricultural community and forging ties through the region with service clubs, youth groups, and other organizations. The LAS annually hosts the Lindsay Exhibition, the fourth-largest agricultural fair in Ontario. The new LAS facilities have hosted numerous other shows and events including prestigious livestock shows, agricultural specialty shows, home and craft shows, trade shows and consumer shows; all of which add strength to the fabric of the community and agricultural life.
The goal of the Lindsay Agricultural Society is to present agriculture in a manner that is both educational and entertaining to the rural and urban population.
Facts & Figures
- The Lindsay Agricultural Society, founded in 1854, is the governing body of the Lindsay Exhibition.
- The Lindsay Exhibition is a five day event, commencing each year on the third Wednesday following Labour Day.
- The LEX is a not-for-profit, charitable organization run by the support of our vibrant community, donations, and volunteers.
- Over 30 committees and 300 volunteers work together to stage the annual Exhibition and other events.
- The Lindsay Exhibition is the single largest annual event in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
- Average annual attendance is approximately 45,000
- As host of the East Central Ontario 4-H Championship Show, the Lindsay Exhibition is a qualifying event for 4-H members to compete at the Royal Winter Fair in November.
- Supreme Champion beef animals at the LEX qualify to enter the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, SK – Canada’s largest livestock show. The only other event in Ontario with qualifying spots for Agribition is the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
- Average of approximately 7,000 entries each year.
- The LEX is a member of the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic Series Inc. and competitors earn points towards competing at the North American Championship Finals.
- The Commonwell Mutual Building is 49,500 square feet, making it the largest open room in east central Ontario.