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Falls, food and fun at the Chilliwack Fair

Pigs! Chilliwack Fair runs Aug. 8-10 at Heritage Park. - File
Pigs! Chilliwack Fair runs Aug. 8-10 at Heritage Park.
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“We’re pretty on target for what we expected,” Nicole Hill says.

Hill is the event co-ordinator for the Chilliwack Fair, and in this case “on target” means more than 1,500 entries ready and waiting to jostle for blue ribbons in categories spanning from photography to gardening, canning to multimedia.

“On target” means more than 1,000 animals—pigs, cows, llamas, and mini-horses, to name a few—will soon be on their way to the big red barns on Luckakuck.

“On target” means lawnmower races, antique tractors, and a three-day rodeo.

“On target” means welcoming world-class Canadian band Trooper to a giant stage in a little less than a week.

The Chilliwack Fair opens this Friday, Aug. 8, and runs until the end of Sunday. It’s got a little bit of everything for everyone—even the parts that are coming together last minute.

“It’s been a huge learning curve,” Hill says with a laugh. “But everything is going pretty smoothly.”

With one day to go before the fair opens its gates to the public, Hill is a hard woman to track down. After all, 10 months of work is coming together at once. Hill counts off everything coming to the red barns for the weekend and quickly runs out of fingers.

“We have magic shows, belly-dancing, roller derby is back this year, square dancers, the Reptile Guy—Mike Hopcraft—who’s always very popular, and professional Lego guy Robin Sather,” Hill lists. “Agriculture, education, lots of local entertainers, artisans. We’ll have local performers with various talents—some dancing, some singing, some with instruments.”

There’s so much on tap at the fair this year that Hill sounds as though she could keep going for hours, describing enough content to stuff the barns—and then some.

Activities overflow outdoors, notably into a giant screen that will show the classic musical Grease on Saturday night. After a hiatus away from outdoor activities, the fair is bringing back the always-popular games zone—boasting a multitude of inflatable activities. The star of the outdoor activity show, Hill says, is something called “Euro Bungee Jump.”

“There are a bunch of bungee cables and the kids get launched into the air,” Hill says with a smile.

“Kids of all ages, I guess!” she adds. “And safely, of course!”

More than 150 volunteers will be on hand to help keep things running smoothly, Hill says. Without them—not to mention community support from all sides—the fair would be hooped.

“There are so many hands on deck helping,” Hill says. “Without them we definitely wouldn’t be able to operate as the kind of fair that we do.”

• It all comes together this weekend: the fair runs Aug. 8, 9, and 10, opening at 9 a.m. sharp and closing at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Adult passes are $8, senior and youth passes $5, and children are free. Family passes are $30. Find more information at www.chilliwackfair.com.

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