Fall fair a showcase for community

Come celebrate the bounty of the South Cariboo at the annual South Cariboo Community Fall Fair 2012

The South Cariboo Community Fall Fair will celebrate the bounty of the Cariboo and promises to have something for everyone.

The South Cariboo Community Fall Fair will celebrate the bounty of the Cariboo and promises to have something for everyone.

Come celebrate the bounty of the South Cariboo at the annual South Cariboo Community Fall Fair 2012.

The longtime tradition runs Sept. 7-9 at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre and grounds with a trade show, produce, hobby and craft exhibits. There will also be live entertainment, great food and a horse show.

Exhibit chairperson M-J Cousins says the fair is all about celebrating the talents and achievements of community members, from their successes in the garden and kitchen to behind the camera lens or in the craft room.

There are close to 400 categories of competition for exhibitors and a mountain of ribbons to be awarded, so if your talent is making jam or growing gargantuan zucchinis, there’s something for you.

Cousins encourages people of all ages and interests to get into the spirit and enter something. The exhibits will all be found on display in the curling rink.

Entries for the Cariboo Fall Arrangement Outdoor Container Contest, the Scarecrow Contest, and the Best Dressed Zucchini Contest will also be found in the curling rink and they will be judged by the public throughout the course of the fair.

The big orange fall fair booklets with listings of all competition categories, entry forms and general information can be found all over the South Cariboo and they are free.

The entry fee for each exhibit is $1 for adults and 50 cents for youth 16 years and under. People can also register their entries online at www.100milefallfair.com, or fax them in on the official form to 250-395-1357.

Cousins says the exhibits are a big component of what the fair is all about and she’s looking forward to seeing what comes in this year.

“It’s something that people do for the love of doing it. It’s a ribbon and pride and we’re still trying to retain that history.”

On your trip to the fair, make sure to take in the huge trade show at the arena. It will feature up to 98 information booths and displays for businesses, clubs and organizations found in the South Cariboo.

Outside in the ball diamond will be a children’s dream come true with the Kidzone, featuring four huge bouncy castles set up just for them.

Canlan Ice Sports co-ordinates the fair and employee Laura Albert says it’s going to be good.

“I’m expecting kids to just love what we’re bringing in. It’s all coming together as we wished.”

Expect to be entertained by agility dog and archery demonstrations at the Stan Halcro Arena (Agriplex). The 100 Mile & District Outriders Club’s 22nd Annual Fall Fair Horse Show takes place in the outdoor arena Saturday and Sunday starting at 8:30 a.m. each day and going into the late afternoon.

The fair winds down on Sunday with the final performances of Cariboo Idols finalists and the announcement of the winners. The show gets started at noon and takes place on the outdoor stage.

Hours for the fair are Friday (Sept. 7), 5-9 p.m.; Saturday (Sept. 8), 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday (Sept. 9), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Daily admission for adults is $5 and a weekend pass is $10. Students and seniors 65 years and over pay $2 for the day, and children six and under are free.