August 2016 – Pender Post – Fall Fair

August 2016 Pender Post The Pender Islands Fall Fair has been an annual event on Pender Island since 1932 (with a break around WWII and re-started a few years later), with origins as an agricultural harvest event where farmers and their families would gather and enter their home and farm products in competitive events which would provide educational and marketing opportunities, prize monies and recognition for their skills and creativity, and provide much needed socializing after the long working days of summer become the shorter, cooler days of fall.   The Fair has evolved into an event that still has the competitive exhibits as its core.  Vegetables, fruit and flowers are entered in the fair by beginners and old timers, as are their preserved products.  Baked goods, wines and beer, eggs and dairy products complete the foods entered in the competition.  Outside the Hall, poultry are judged, and livestock and wool are now part of a showcase display that is meant to educate the public and bring together livestock producers. Upstairs in the Hall the creative talents are showcased – needle work, felting, weaving, fine arts, photography and crafts from all skill levels and ages.  Young people receive a special place in the fair, from pre-school on up, from Young People’s Agriculture to Arts, Crafts and more.  Recycling and the Nu-To-You also have their own special places, to encourage people of all ages to create new items from old. At the same time, the Fair provides ample opportunity to learn about the community we live in, socialize with our neighbours and friends, meet new people and share a meal.  We hope that this traditional event will continue into the future.   To highlight the theme of “Celebrating Local Food” and in remembrance of Fred Smith of Welcome Bay Farm, “Bounty of the Penders” will be showcased with the Fred Smith Trophy.   As we work on our preparations for the fall fair, we want to encourage all the islands’ growers to bring it up a notch and make your preparations to enter “Bounty of the Penders”, a special category of most artistic display of vegetables, fruit, flowers, home baking, preserves and crafts which contains at least one element from at least 5 of the following 9 sections: floral, fruit, vegetables, wine and beer, dairy and poultry, food preservation, baking, needlecraft and fibre art, applied arts and crafts.  Fred passed away this year at 89, a long -time resident of Pender. Fred embodied the rural skills and creativity that this award recognizes.  It would be really special to see a good representation of entries in this category. The Pender Islands Fall Fair is a member of the BC Association of Agricultural Fairs & Exhibitions (“BC Fairs”).  The BC Fairs website has resources such as judging standards and tips for fairs.  Our website has our catalogue section by section, or in a complete pdf format, as well as entry forms and judging standards for fair exhibitors.  Catalogues were not printed this year, but for those without printers or computers we would be happy to provide you with one (available at Farmers’ Market or contact ) Thank you in advance for those volunteering your time and skills at the 2016 Fair.  It is greatly appreciated, and without you we would not have a Fair.