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Peterborough Exhibition moving to Kawartha Downs in 2023

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The Peterborough Exhibition, which has taken place at Morrow Park in Peterborough annually since 1885, will move to Kawartha Downs in Fraserville for 2023. The Peterborough Agricultural Society canceled the exhibition at Morrow Park in 2022 due to a dispute with the City of Peterborough which is building a sports complex in the west portion of the park. (Photo: Peterborough Agricultural Society)

After almost 135 years at Morrow Park, the Peterborough Exhibition will be moving to Kawartha Downs in Fraserville in 2023.

The announcement is included in a media release the entertainment complex issued on Sunday (November 20) for an upcoming media conference on December 2 where Kawartha Downs ownership and management will share their 2023 event season.

“This is an exciting community partnership for all involved, and guests can expect live entertainment, motorized sporting events, agricultural shows, and much more,” the media release states.

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The annual four-day agricultural exhibition, which has taken place at Morrow Park on Lansdowne Street in Peterborough every year since 1885, was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

This past June, the Peterborough Agricultural Society announced it would not be holding the 2022 Peterborough Exhibition at Morrow Park due to an ongoing dispute with the City of Peterborough, which is constructing a $62-million sports complex in the west portion of the park.

For 2022, the Peterborough Agricultural Society held its homecraft show at the Morrow Building in Peterborough and animal shows at Kawartha Downs, Douro, and Bethany.

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Located on Highway 28 between Peterborough and Millbrook, Kawartha Downs opened as a horse racing track in 1972 after the Peterborough Racing Association’s lease with the Peterborough Agricultural Society was terminated and horse racing at Morrow Park ended. In 1999, Kawartha Downs expanded to include Kawartha Speedway and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming slot facility.

As part of its 50th anniversary this year, Kawartha Downs has developed a revitalization plan that includes an agricultural fairground, eliminating car racing to focus only on horse racing, a large concert venue, residential development, and more.

Along with the Peterborough Exhibition, in 2023 Kawartha Downs will be hosting a multi-day monster truck show, a multi-day retro concert, a larger Kawartha Country Music Festival, multiple truck and tractor pull competitions, and a refreshed demolition derby. More details will be announced at the December 2nd media conference.

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