Some 19,000 people are expected to take in the Alberni District Fall Fair over four days, Sept. 6 to 9. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Are you ready for the Fair? Here’s 5 (+1 extra) ways to celebrate!

Community focus highlights the Valley’s favourite late-summer event

For decades, the Alberni District Fall Fair has been the highlight of late summer in the Valley, a way to bring the community together, while also give back.

This year is no different, with all your returning favourites, plus a whole host of exciting new offerings to delight the 19,000 people expected over four days, Sept. 6 to 9.

“The Fair is a gathering place for the community,” reflects manager Ann Siddell. “We have lots of attractions and entertainment, made possible thanks to hundreds of volunteers, but it’s all designed to give back to the community.”

From the Saturday morning parade along 10th Avenue – a free show for the community beginning at 11 a.m. – to special rate days to ensure the Fair remains both accessible and sustainable, the Alberni District Fall Fair continues its legacy of giving back. Thursday offers $3 admission from 5 to 11 p.m., with $1 from admissions for the first hour going to the Bread of Life food bank. In the midway, Thursday night rides are just $3 each.

Throughout the run of the Fair, admission for children age 6 to 12 is just $3 and for those age 5 and younger, it’s free!

And if you don’t want to carry your coat and other belongings around all day, visit the Junior Fair Members just inside the main gates for a coat/bag check.

Need more reasons to visit? Here’s 5 (plus 1 extra)

1. Salute our agricultural roots: From horse shows to Old McDonald’s Farm – always a draw for the younger fair-goers – 4-H displays and more, the animals and other agricultural displays are always a hit, reflecting the Alberni Valley’s historical connection for farming while supporting the next generation of growers and producers.

Be sure to stop by the Junior Board’s Selfie Booth, hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture with their new Buy BC initiative. Take a selfie and post with provided hashtags, then enter to possibly win with daily draws for certificates to a local restaurant, or even a $100 gift card from Quality Foods!

2. Enter to win…BIG: This year’s Fair raffle gives the winner a choice of two AWESOME prizes – a 2018 Ford F150 or $25,000 cash! Proceeds from ticket sales not only support the Fair, but also a number of user groups and non-profit organizations, Siddell notes. While on-site, be sure to also check out the Kinsmen raffle for even more opportunities to win.

3. Thrilling shows: Rev your engines Friday and Saturday for Global FMX Motocross, at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday and 1, 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with tractor pulls on opposite hours. Come Sunday, it’s time for Logger Sports, with 5 Canadian championships on the line. There’s also a full music line-up and LOTS of family entertainment, including the including the Vancouver Island Mad Science Show.

4. Thrilling rides! West Coast Amusements returns with some all-new rides, including a brand new Ferris wheel that will share some awesome views of the grounds and Valley. Save $8 by picking up a $32 all-day ride passes from Port Alberni 7-11 stores and the Tseshaht Market until Sept. 8.

5. Be inspired: The home show section of the Fair is completely sold out, meaning you’ll also get some great information and inspiration ahead of the fall renovation season.

+1 more: Fair Food! And we haven’t forgotten about the food! From barbecue to Vietnamese – and yes, mini-donuts – there’s lots to keep your fuelled through your adventures.

To learn more, visit albernifair.com and follow on Facebook!

 

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Port Alberni’s high school gets a rainbow crosswalk for Pride Day

Students and staff at Alberni District Secondary School celebrated the official opening… Continue reading

Port Alberni man dies in ATV accident

A Port Alberni man has died following an all-terrain vehicle accident near… Continue reading

City of Port Alberni imposing water restrictions

Stage 1 restrictions go into effect June 17

Port Alberni’s Five Acre Shaker goes green

Music festival has sustainable initiatives planned for fifth year

Fundraiser set up after fire destroys Alberni Valley family’s home

Fire on Tseshaht First Nation land leaves young family in need

VIDEO: First Nations, developer call for return and protection of sacred B.C. burial site

Dozens of First Nations leaders gather on grassy plateau to call on action by provincial government

Teen stabbed after end-of-night limo dispute in downtown Vancouver

A young man, 19, is in serious condition following a dispute between two groups

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody 6 months after release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

Bears have killed 17 people in B.C. since 1986

Number of bear complaints and bears killed rose sharply during same period

Three Albertans land ‘monster’ sturgeon in B.C.’s Fraser River

For angler who landed the exceptionally large sturgeon it was an ‘incredible dream come true’

Most Read