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The Autumn Fair

Getting the Most out of Fall

Autumn in Ontario is one the most beautiful times of the year with warm days, cooler evenings and a dazzling display of rich fall colours in all directions.  From country fairs to picking apples, from hiking in the woods, mushroom picking to star gazing, there are so many fun things to do during this beautiful season. Halloween festivities top off the fun we can all have.

Capturing Fall with your camera

Interesting angles: Take some photos looking up into the branches of brightly coloured tree tops.

Subject matter: Close-ups of nature’s bounty, like piles of red apples, leaves on the ground, or bunches of pine cones, always make an interesting photo.

Location, location, location: Visit an outdoor market and take photos of the food and activity.

Lighting conditions: Fall colours pop when the sun is shining.

Friends & family: Take “leafy portraits” of family members by surrounding each person with fall leaves.

Corny Facts

Popcorn is a natural, healthy fun snack for the whole family. It is also perfect for snuggling up on those cool fall evenings to watch a movie!

Not all corn can pop
Popcorn is not the same as the corn we eat at dinnertime. It is a special type of flint corn, also known as Indian corn. It has a soft starchy centre surrounded by a very hard exterior shell.  When popcorn is heated the moisture inside the kernel turns to steam and builds up pressure for the kernel to explode. When the kernel explodes the white starchy mass that you like to eat forms.

  • Popcorn is a whole grain made up of the germ, endosperm, and pericarp (also know as the hull).
  • North Americans consume over 16 billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat.
  • Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.
  • The peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is in the fall.
  • Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes when it’s popped: snowflake and mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is used for candy confections because it doesn’t crumble.
  • A popcorn kernel can pop up to 3 feet in the air.
  • October has been celebrated as National Popcorn Poppin’ Month in the US for over 25 years.