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City Fair takes over Edmonds Sunday

Edmonds Street comes to life at the annual City Fair. - Contributed photo
Edmonds Street comes to life at the annual City Fair.
— image credit: Contributed photo

The annual Edmonds City Fair and Classic Car and Motorcycle Show takes over Edmonds Street on Sunday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The street festival will include a petting zoo, kids activities, multicultural displays, food and entertainment. And as it has for the past few years, the City Fair event has been merged with the event formerly known as the Edmonds Show and Shine, said one of the organizers, Shauna Pratt.

Edmonds Street will be closed to traffic between Kingsway and Canada Way from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

That will make way for the car and motorcycle show. While that part of the event is largely weather dependent—owners of the restored vehicles don't like driving them in the rain—last year more than 100 vehicles showed up and registration is up for this year, said car show organizer Bonnie Game by email.

This year's car show event will conclude with a "poker run" at 3:30 p.m. that will see participating drivers all head to sponsor Grand Villa Casino to compete for cash prizes.

As for the rest of the fair, there will be more entertainment, said Pratt. Marilyn Monroe and Elvis tribute acts will be back this year and there will be more performers in the talent search that runs from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

ABOVE: There will be lots of fun for children at this Sunday's City Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also taking the stage at New Vista Place and Edmonds are a dog training show by Doggie Mind, a demonstration by Columbia Martial Arts, Dance n' Stars Showcase, and a sign language performance by the Tzu Chi Institute.

Burnaby firefighters will be offering an affordable hotdog lunch, among the food vendors.

This year will see more Edmonds merchants open for business and involved in the event, including almost all the restaurants.

The City Fair used to take place in September and the car show was in the summer. "Both had challenges to keep things rolling," said Pratt, but their merger has led to an event that's grown from year to year.

"Our whole intention was for people and the merchants of Edmonds to get inspired to really create their own fair. And that's what's happening," said Pratt. "They're becoming the owners of this fair and it's really nice to see. It's just all part of creating a lively community in Edmonds."

MAIN STAGE EVENTS SCHEDULE

On Sunday, July 20 as part of City Fair, there will be lots to see and do throughout the neighbourhood. Be sure to check out some of the following activities that will be happening on the stage at New Vista Place and Edmonds Street.

  • 10 a.m. — Doggie Mind - dog training show
  • 10:30 a.m. — Columbia Martial Arts demonstration
  • 11 a.m. — City Fair Official Welcome
  • 11:30 a.m. — Tzu Chi Sign Language Performance
  • NOON - 1:30 p.m. — Talent Search Performances
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. — Dance n’ Stars Showcase

Why not sign up for the Talent Search?

Volunteer Burnaby is looking for talent!

As organizer of the annual Edmonds City Fair Talent Search, Jeff Scheffel, Community Developer with Volunteer Burnaby, is a key member of the City Fair Planning Committee.

“The City Fair Talent Search has been a great way for talented young people to showcase their abilities,” says Scheffel.

“It’s also good entertainment for the visitors to City Fair!”

Talent Search participants will be competing for valuable gift cards from Lougheed Town Centre as well as gaining experience performing in front of a crowd.

Awards will be presented at Humphries Avenue and Edmonds Street at approximately 2:30 p.m., along with the announcement of the Car and Motorcycle Show winners.

Edmonds City Fair and Classic Car and Motorcycle Show has been growing year after year.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, Edmonds is closed to traffic so people of all ages can enjoy the music, food, displays and other activities presented to showcase this vibrant community.

Edmonds Community Centre will be open, as will many of Edmonds restaurants and businesses.

Come out and share in the City Fair spirit!

For more festival information, visit http://edmondsfestivals.com/cityfair/

Map of City Fair locations and events

 

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