2016 Fall Fair – “Celebrating Local Food” with Guest of honour, Ellen Willingham

The Pender Islands Fall Fair this year is August 27.  The fair is sponsored and coordinated by the Pender Island Farmers’ Institute with the assistance of  volunteers and local donations. Proceeds from the Fair go towards improvements to the Fair, to the Community and Agricultural Hall and grounds, community groups, educational programs, the Neptune Navy Grimmer and Ashton Ross-Smith Bursary, Seedy Saturday, School Planting Day, and to the promotion and encouragement of agriculture on the Pender Islands.    Please contact Natasha Bhola at 250-415-7804 or Barbara Johnstone Grimmer at 250-629-3819 or 3817 or penderislandmarket@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out at the fair.  No skills required. Our guest of honour this year is Ellen Willingham, past-president of the Pender Island Farmers' Institute, organic farmer, community leader and former fall-fair organizer and volunteer. This year we are profiling the Fred Smith Trophy, awarded to the first prize winner in the category "Bounty of the Penders".  Fred Smith, long time resident of North Pender, donated the trophy.  Fred passed away this year, so we hope that there will be many entries in this division in honour of Fred. NEW! To encourage everyone on Pender to attend, we will have "admission by donation" at the gate.  We will also have our catalogue online, so check out this website and Facebook for news on the Fair.
For more information on categories and entry requirements, check out the Pender Island Farmers' Institute website  www.pifi.ca.   New special categories "BC Fairs Members' Choice": Category #1 -(all ages)  HAND PAINTED GARDEN TROWEL (max length 14"), theme of a BC Dogwood Flower.  Purchase a garden trowel and with any type of paint decorate the metal surface of the trowel with the BC Dogwood flower.
Category #2 - (children 12 years and under) MINI SCARECROW (max height 14").  Recycle household materials to create a mini scarecrow to stake or hang in your garden.  Wire and/or string can be used to construct your project.
Category #3- (all ages) COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY OF FARMING IN BC.  Create a montage using 4 photos (each 5" x 7") that illustrates the diverse range of products grown in BC.  Each photo must be mounted on a 6" x 8" black board and connected using either string, wire or ribbon to connect the photos for display.Special category for Fall Fair