September 2016 – Pender Post – Fall Fair

Pender Island Fall Fair Report At the time of this writing the Fall Fair is a week away and we are finally getting a hot stretch of weather. We would like to thank the community volunteers who make the fair happen, in particular those who enter their hand-made items or home grown produce, bring their chickens or lambs, or volunteer, whether it be for the day or for the year.  A special thanks goes out to Natasha Bhola , a UVic Co-op student who did a lot of work behind the scenes which took a lot of time and effort; to the Convenors who also put a lot of time in behind the scenes and often don’t even have a chance to see the fair, section organizers like Gary Goodman, who set up the parking field well in advance, Karl Hamson who mowed the field and helped Jodi with the livestock pens, David Howe and the Green Angel wood choppers who like to help out, Dorothy Murdoch, who with the help of Maria Hanson and Josh Jones organized a beef barbecue with vegetarian chili and baked potatoes, all for 500 people, Joyce Steeves who organized the beer garden as a Hall fundraiser, Ina Timmer and Pearl Nowak who came forward to help with Treasurer duties, Brent Marsden who had to be away but made sure to come out and show us how to put up the big circus type tents, mainstays like Heather and John Rumble and their team on registration, Trinette Prior who organizes the trophies, Donna Kilby and Wendy McDonald who man the Information booth selling BBQ tickets and paying out prize monies, and the set up and take down crews that put it together.  Entire families volunteered at the fair; Denny Goertz played violin, his son Owen hosted the Berry Pie contest for Brent, and Nia organized the parade.  Last but not least, there was Yoko Kikuchi who produced the artwork for the posters and catalogue, Bruce McConchie who was the MC for the event, and Ellen Willingham who was our guest of honour.  There is not enough space to mention all the highlights or people involved, and I am sure each one of you has something that you liked best of all.  Let us know what you liked about the fair, and soon we will have a meeting to organize next year’s fair.  If you are interested in playing a key role, we want to talk to you!!  Email penderislandmarket@gmail.com and we will be in touch.