Live bulls to run on Toronto's Bay Street

Toronto's Bay Street will soon be overrun by more bulls than usual — and not just the financial variety.

Royal Winter Fair to launch with running of the bulls

Toronto's Bay Street will soon be overrun by more bulls than usual — and not just the financial variety.

At least, that's what the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair hopes will happen, as the festival plans to kick off its 90th year with a launch unlike anything tried before.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the group plans to release six 900-kilogram bulls at the intersection of Bay Street and Wellington in Toronto's financial centre. The plan is to coax the bulls north toward King Street before corralling the animals.

"While spectators will be able to marvel at these magnificent animals, the streets will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic during the running of the bulls," the fair's organizers said in a press release announcing the stunt.

"Cowboys on horseback will help guide the bulls to ensure they stay on course."

The distance involved is very short, barely 200 metres. And the plan is to have the Pamplona-inspired running of the bulls happen at noon. But as the release tantalizingly notes, "as we are working with animals, exact times are difficult to guarantee."

As of yet, there are no plans to have any bears in attendance.

Founded in 1922, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show.