Bright Lights & Big Dreams

  Bright Lights, Big Dreams

Many of my friends know that November is a big month for me because I am always gearing up for the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair in Toronto. For those of you who aren't familiar or haven't heard of the event, 'the Royal' is a 10-day event bringing country to the city for both urban and rural to enjoy with many activities geared towards educating urban consumers about the 'country' lifestyle. Staple events like the Horse show, 4-H competitions, Holstein cow shows and beef cow shows are enjoyed by people not only from Toronto but from across Ontario.

The Royal was my first exposure to the 'big city lights' of Toronto and this once-a-year-trip was always a highlight for me. As a child, I would count down the days on the calendar as soon as the Royal ended, waiting 363 days in anticipation for next year's event. The skills I learned showing in 4-H and participating at the Royal were invaluable life lessons I didn't realize I was learning at the time. I am always excited for the first two weeks in November, to give back in different capacities to the show that gave me so much, while being reunited with people I am so excited to see.

Who would have thought, 15 years later, that those same roads traveled to the Royal each November would be roads I take each day to work now. It really is a full circle of life.

So many valuable lessons and insights to share and impart already from the first half of Royal week, can't wait to report back once festivities are done for another year. Enjoy my tweets from the grounds in the meantime!

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