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Large crowds are once again expected as Rock Creek continues country fall fair tradition
Fans of the traditional fall country fair have fewer and fewer places left where they can attend one. A fair next weekend at Rock Creek is claimed to be one of the few left in the province.
“All of the fairs such as the PNE have moved away years ago from amateur people entering their exhibits,” said Terry Keough, one of the organizers of the Rock Creek and Boundary Fall Fair, which runs Sept. 14 and 15 at the Rock Creek fairgrounds.
“Most of the small country fairs have faded away I guess, mostly because of lack of volunteers,” Keough added.
The Rock Creek fair, he said, is run entirely by volunteers and last year there were more than 100 volunteers involved.
“It’s the biggest little fair,” said Keough. “It’s small enough that you can cover the whole thing in a good day or certainly two days and yet there’s really something for everyone.”
While maintaining its traditions, the fair this year has also brought in some bigger musical acts, including Frank Sinatra tribute artist Rick Valiant, country singer Tim Hus and children’s entertainer Fred Penner among others.
“We still have the horse shows, the barrel racing and all the typical stuff,” said Keough. “But we’re also having quad soccer this year, remote control car racing and one of the biggest draws is the lawnmower races.”
Kids and adults will race ride-on lawnmowers ranging from stock mowers to modified Saturday evening around the track at the outdoor arena, said Keough.
“You can’t find a seat when that happens,” he said.
To encourage exhibition entries, prizes have been increased to $500 for first prize, $300 for second prize and $200 for third prize.
There are many –events involving animals ranging from guinea pigs to horses, sheep and cattle.
Gates open at 6:30 a.m. both days for a pancake breakfast, and the midway starts at 9 a.m. The stage show wraps up around 9 p.m. Saturday, Keough said, but the midway keeps going until around 10 p.m. Events wrap up earlier on Sunday finishing around 5 p.m. Adult admission is $12 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.
Admission for children aged six to 12 is $5 each day. Younger children and Boundary 4H members get in for free.
For more information on the fair including the entertainment lineup visit www.rockcreekfallfair.ca.