The Salmon Arm Fair kicks off a great weekend of entertainment, rides and fun for all this Friday.
As always, there will be activities that will appeal to every member of the family – mini chuck wagons, dog agility, the lumberjack show, Global FMX Motor cross, Elvis impersonations, other great entertainers and so much more.
This year the fair celebrates the 100th anniversary of 4-H in B.C. This renowned program for youth began in 1914 and was sponsored by the Department of Agriculture.
The original program focused on potatoes and has grown to encompass numerous agricultural projects plus other areas such as home arts, photography, environment and outdoor living.
The four H’s in 4-H reflect the object of the program: head, heart, hands and health. 4-H teaches young people to successfully meet the challenges in their own lives and that of their communities.
In celebration of a century of 4-H in B.C., the Salmon Arm Fair will have many 4-H activities occurring on the fairgrounds and a special cake will be served at 6 p.m. Friday at the main stage in conjunction with the official opening.
Among the many exhibits are:
Poultry In Motion – With farms off limits to visitors due to biosecurity concerns, the BC Chicken Growers’ Association, in partnership with the BC Broiler Hatching Egg Producers’ Association, has developed a mobile mini barn showing how poultry farming is done in B.C.
Shuswap Pioneer Collectors Club – Club members from the North Okanagan/Shuswap area collect, restore and display items used by early settlers and residents. The club now boasts 72 members, with interests varying from one cylinder engines, steam tractors, antique cars and trucks, horse-drawn farming equipment and tractors of all ages and brands.
Memory Lane – In 1999, five buildings constructed by Stan and Jeanne Pollard became the first structures along Memory Lane. The lumber for these initial storefronts was donated by the Peterson Brothers and had originally formed their 1937 machine shed.
In 2000, another 10 buildings were assembled, this time constructed from the lumber of a dismantled 125-year-old barn near Hulcar Hall. The boardwalk fronting the Memory Lane stalls was created using planks from the 1957 Memorial Arena.
Each fall, the stalls along Memory Lane are filled with exhibitors who volunteer their time and wares to showcase a long-ago era and take the 21st century fair-goers back in time.
A stage at the entrance to Memory Lane is a showcase for a variety of performers during the three-day fair and the midway draws in those who enjoy carnival games and rides.
A true community event, the fair offers a venue for residents to showcase their skills in a variety of areas. The food court offers a variety of items and a place to sit while watching the entertainment on the main stage.
Shuswap Idol gives up-and-coming Shuswap entertainers the opportunity to perform on a full sound stage to a live audience – with a chance to win.
The fairgrounds open each day at 9 a.m. with the exhibits in the buildings open at 10 a.m. The Midway will open at 3 p.m. on Friday unless the teachers strike is still on, in which case it will open earlier. Saturday and Sunday the midway will open at noon to close of the fair.
10 a.m. – noon Sound Machine
Noon Peter Clark
12:45 Sound Machine
1 p.m. Larry and Jane Stephenson
2 p.m. Dale Seaman & Highway 97
2:45 p.m. Megan Lauridsen
3:15 p.m. Dale Seaman & Highway 97
4 p.m. Shuswap Dance Center
5:15 p.m. Dale Seaman & Highway 97
6 p.m. Grand Opening of the Salmon Arm Fair
6:15 p.m. Just for Kicks dancers
7:15 – 10 p.m. Shuswap Idol 2014
10 a.m. Sound Machine
11:40 a.m. Shuswap pipes and drums
Noon Guys from the Louisiana Hayride
12:45 p.m. Adam Fitzpatrick as Elvis Presley
1:15 p.m. Salmon Arm Squares
1:50 p.m. Dale Seaman & Highway 97
2:30 p.m. Just for Kicks dancers
3:30p.m. Adam Fitzpatrick as Elvis Presley
4: p.m. Shuswap Dance Center
5 p.m. Dale Seaman & Highway 97
6 p.m. Adam Fitzpatrick as Elvis Presley
6:30 p.m. Just For Kicks
7:30 – 10 p.m. Shuswap Idol 2014
10 a.m. Sound Machine
Noon Sunday Spiritual Music with
William Brookfield and Penny Lochhead
Noon Just for Kicks
1 p.m. Adam Fitzpatrick as Elvis Presley
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Shuswap Idol 2014
3:30 p.m. Salmon Arm Fair awards presentation
4 p.m. Adam Fitzpatrick as Elvis Presley
4:30 p.m. Shuswap Idol Winners announced.