You won’t find a Ferris wheel, rollercoaster or big rides; however, there’s big fun and something for everyone at the 22nd Annual Brackendale Fall Fair on Sept. 10.
“It’s a great day to reconnect with family, friends and neighbours to celebrate summer’s long bounty of produce, plus arts and crafts, and entertainment,” said Glenne Campbell, vice-president of the Brackendale Farmers’ Institute, which organizes the event every year. “Participants can enter their best fruits, vegetables, flowers, baking, preserves, collections, arts and crafts for prize awards of coveted Brackendale Fall Fair ribbons and cash awards.”
But the fall fair offers more than just jellies, jams and homemade preserves, she said.
“The hayride along the historic Pemberton Trail offers opportunities to imagine the past and what travelling was like before the roads were built – and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the local Sasquatch that roams these woods,” said Campbell, smiling. “The zucchini race, as always, will be a big hit. Local musicians provide day-long entertainment and showcase the skill this community possesses and nurtures. Especially endearing will be the showcasing of our local youth’s musical talent, and we welcome their young friends to watch these musicians performing on stage.”
Fair-goers can also sample plenty of local wares, as more than 50 area vendors and community groups will be on hand to staff booths and offer artisan goods.
“New to the fair this year will be the centre stage Eagle Calling Competition,” she said. “Participants are encouraged to start practising their best eagle imitation soon. Rumour has it that award-winning ringers from other communities may be transferring their rooster-calling skills to eagle calling. We hope to keep the first ever eagle calling trophy right here in Brackendale.”
For Campbell, the fall fair is about bringing everyone in the community together to enjoy a real, old-time country fair.
“The Brackendale Fall Fair is a bit like a good clock,” she said. “No matter what, it keeps on ticking, it provides good times, and always creates memories of smiles and laughter. Squamish residents and guests alike enjoy coming together in the beautiful Brackendale Farmers’ Institute Walking Park and sharing a day of sunshine and fun. And, as in the past, the proceeds from the fair go back to the community to support various organizations and endeavours to grow strong community.”
The Brackendale Fall Fair is set for Sept. 10 at the Brackendale Farmers’ Institute Park, and it is a dog-free event. Registration for volunteers and vendors was set to begin on May 1. For more information, go to brackendalefallfair.ca.