There was a great selection of preserves on display. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

There was a great selection of preserves on display. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Celebrating the success of the 104th Creston Valley Fall Fair

In case you missed it, the fair showed off the best of our ag community

From the Fall Fair Committee

With excitement and some trepidation, the 104th annual Creston Valley Fall Fair was hosted on Sept. 9 and 10.

Would people come? Would there be entries? Come they did, in droves. There were more than 2,600 visitors – happy people, smiling faces.

“I didn’t hear too many complaints about long line-ups or lack of parking,” said Brenda Brucker, Fall Fair Committee member. “People were excited about getting together, meeting friends and supporting local food producers.”

The Friday evening at the Creston and District Community Complex had a carnival-like atmosphere, with people sampling food truck fare and kids playing on the playground.

Throughout the weekend, talented singers and musicians were welcomed to the stage to entertain the crowds. The venue had tables overflowing with handcrafted artwork, wood- working, kids’ crafts, preserves, and beautiful homegrown fruit and veggies – including a prizewinning 109-pound pumpkin!

Next door in the other arena, local farmers showed off the prettiest of their pampered livestock. Families delighted in seeing Clydesdale horses, chickens, rabbits, pigs, goats, sheep, and even an alpaca with a baby.

Other highlights included the kids’ tractor pull, met with great enthusiasm by the small participants. And the Fall Fair Feast, made with local ingredients.

Congratulations to the award winners this year! Those who took home the accolades include:

• Fruit – Donna Brown

• Vegetables – Betty Falck

• Home preserves – Betty Falck

• Home baking – Chisa Jarvis

• Student home baking – Marie Lawrence

• Flowers – Betty Falck

• Student flowers – Alora Clark

• Crafts and hobbies – Janet Schofer

• Needlework – Barb Apponen

• Quilting – Brigette Langevin

• Photography – Megan Holland

• Best in Show for photography – Keira Allard

• Student High Aggregate – Jayda Clark

• Fruits and vegetables – Jayda Clark

• Arts and crafts – Belle Lawrence

• 9 & 10 years old – Saraya Clark

• 7 & 8 years old – Jayda Clark

• 6 & under – Caspian Bayley

• 4 & under – Evren Cook

• Students poultry and livestock – Tammy Sass

• Woodworking – Keith Kepke

• Grain and forage – Creston Valley Cattle Company

• Scarecrow – Rachel Cook

• Grand Aggregrate Overall – Bett Falck.

The success of the fair is an example of the dedication and tireless effort put in by many volunteers.

“We wouldn’t have this event if it weren’t for a supportive community and willing volunteers,” said Brucker. “It requires countless meetings, planning, many hours of labour setting up and taking down tables, displays, and animal pens.”

The Fall Fair Committee is looking forward to next year’s event. The more volunteers, the better it will be. If you would like to volunteer, please leave your name at the Creston Valley Advance office.

Amazing needlework, quilts, and cross stitched pieces were on display. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Amazing needlework, quilts, and cross stitched pieces were on display. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

There was a great selection of preserves on display. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

There was a great selection of preserves on display. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

These prizewinning zucchinis weighed between 5 and 13 pounds each. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

These prizewinning zucchinis weighed between 5 and 13 pounds each. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

This fun scarecrow won a first place ribbon. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

This fun scarecrow won a first place ribbon. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Two cute piglets napped as families looked at them in awe. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Two cute piglets napped as families looked at them in awe. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Viers poses with 4-year-old Keira Allard, winner of Best in Show for Photography. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Viers poses with 4-year-old Keira Allard, winner of Best in Show for Photography. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Kevin Viers, Fall Fair board president, poses with Grand Aggregate Overall winner Betty Falck.(Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Kevin Viers, Fall Fair board president, poses with Grand Aggregate Overall winner Betty Falck.(Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Throughout the weekend, talented musicians performed on stage for the Fall Fair crowds. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Throughout the weekend, talented musicians performed on stage for the Fall Fair crowds. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Farmers showed off the best of their livestock at the fair. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Farmers showed off the best of their livestock at the fair. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

An award-winning fruit basket. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

An award-winning fruit basket. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Two Clydesdale horses greeted crowds at the fair. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Two Clydesdale horses greeted crowds at the fair. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

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