Youngsters will be living 'fairy-tale' dreams at this weekend's Aldergrove Fair, where they are invited to join Queen Elsa in costume.

Youngsters will be living 'fairy-tale' dreams at this weekend's Aldergrove Fair, where they are invited to join Queen Elsa in costume.

‘Salad days’ at the 2015 Aldergrove Fair

It's going to be "salad days" for the Aldergrove Festival Days Society at the 103rd year of the fair tradition in Aldergrove.

It’s going to be “salad days” for the Aldergrove Festival Days Society at the 103rd year of the fair tradition in Aldergrove.

The society’s Aldergrove Fair Days is all this weekend. On July 17-18-19, Aldergrove Festival Days Society and Aldergrove Agricultural Association jointly host the Aldergrove Fair on the grounds of the Aldergrove Athletic Park and Aldergrove Secondary School (26770 – 29 Ave.).

Aldergrove Festival Days president Karen Long said, “This year’s theme is ‘SALAD’ which stands for Shooters, Artists, Luge, Animals and Divas. The fair, which won Langley Tourism’s event of the year award this past year, will be a world-class unique event.”

The Fair starts at 6 p.m., on the Friday, with a Car Show & Shine, food, music and more activities.

On the Saturday and Sunday there will be fun for the entire family with entertainment, rides, food, and great things to see, do and buy throughout each day.

The Aldergrove Fair Days Parade returns on the Saturday at 10 a.m., and stays on Fraser Highway downtown, starting at the Community Policing Office at 270 Street and ending at 273 Street by the OAP Hall. The public is invited to register floats or other entries in the 2015 Parade.

Saturday’s opening ceremonies include the presentation of the Hilda Reddick Volunteer of the Year Award and the Bev Gold Youth Volunteer Award.

There is nothing that truly says “Country Fair” better than rows of prize exhibits of sewing, gardening and other crafts that demonstrate the skill, the enthusiasm and the country pride of the exhibitors. The Aldergrove Fair Exhibits Entry Book lists all the sections and categories adults, youths and preschoolers may enter and offers a sneak peek at some great events offered in 2014. It is available on-line at: www.aldergrovefair.ca/.

“We are working on some new events this year,” said Long. “We are turning the exhibit hall at the Kinsmen Community Centre into a Fairyland, a Fairy Gardens, and there will be an interactive area where we will be making berry wines.

“We also encourage and try to get kids involved, with the 4H exhibits and we’re having a children’s fashion show this year.”

A magical Fairyland is coming alive at the Aldergrove Fair this year.

Children and the young at heart will be able to create fairy wands, swords, and headgear. Listen to our story teller as they weave a fairy story. Learn to identify the different flower fairies.

Before the Fair, showcase your creativity by entering in the Fairy Dress design contest then at the Fair watch the Fairies flit down the runway in the Fashion Show. There are also prizes for best decorated rocks, most creative bug, favourite fairy garden, fairy door, and tea cup posies.

The Zucchini Races luge track returns so that fairgoers can decorate their zucchinis and put wheels on them for races down the track. The Chili Cookoff and other food events are featured on the Sunday this year, and the Fair Days ‘Weekend in Aldergrove’ raffle features $1,000 worth of garden equipment donated by Bruce Heslop of Diamond Bar Equipment.

See the schedule of events published in The Aldergrove Star, so you can take in the Agricultural Exhibits, Antique Tractor Pull, Extreme Lawnmower Races, World Fast Draw Championship and Air Pistol demonstrations, Chili Cook-off Contest, Hay Rides, Kids Zone, Reptile Guy, the Westcoast Amusements carnival rides, the Cowboy Church and Pet Parade, among other entertainment and activities.

Admission to the Fair is by donation.

Vendors, sponsors and volunteers are always welcomed.

“Volunteers are the magic ingredient in any organization. The most help is needed close to and during the Fair, from July 16 to 19. Your help at any time is wonderful,” said Long. “Contact the Fair at: aldergrovevolunteers@gmail.com to work out how your schedule could fit with ours.”

Queen Elsa, Fairy Gardens and Fairy Parade coming to Aldergrove Fair

Aldergrove Fair Days returns this weekend, July 17 to 19, and is creating Fairyland just for you.

One of the creators, Suzanne Robinson, said, “Children will be able to see Queen Elsa in the parade on July 18 as she glides down Fraser Highway. Then they can visit with her in person on her throne just outside our Aldergrove Fair tent on the fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to get into the bright colours and imagery of fairies, magic and gardens.”

Robinson noted that there will be special events such as the Parade of Fairies, happening on Sunday at the Fair.

“We are looking forward to a great response on Sunday so that any young person in heart and mind who wants to participate can dress in any fairy type regalia and meet us at the Fairy Tent at 11:30 a.m.”

“Fairy gardens have become an incredible social phenomenon over the past year,” said Susan McIntosh, a co-creator of Fairyland at the Aldergrove Fair. “They combine the best of creativity, fantasy and of course a sprinkle of gardening brings it all together. You can look on our website at www.aldergrovefair.ca to see some examples.”

McIntosh added that, “Children — of all ages — are encouraged to build and bring in their fairy gardens.”

“Pixie dust!” McIntosh exclaimed, with a twinkle in her eye. “You could win a prize ribbon and bragging rights for the best Fairy Garden, Miniature Farm and pretty well anything artistic or agricultural at the Fair.”

Prizes include two all day ride passes for Westcoast Amusement for the two best Fairy Garden entries.

All the information about this is in the Aldergrove Fair Book, available in the community and on the website www.AldergroveFair.ca/.”

Do you grow the best flowers? Are you the best baker? Or the best canner? Is knitting or photography your skill?  There are categories for all these areas and of course many more.

Simply fill out the entry form in the Aldergrove Fair Book or online at www.AldergroveFair.ca/.

“It is easy,” said McIntosh. “We know Aldergrove and Langley have the most creative and talented people. Let’s show your neighbours and come to meet the world at the Aldergrove Fair this weekend, July 17-19, at the fairgrounds behind Aldergrove Secondary School on 29th Avenue. See you at the Fair!”

ALDERGROVE FAIR HOSTS WORLD OPEN INDEX FAST DRAW CHAMPIONSHIPS

After much waiting and re-positioning of contests to make up the World Fast Draw Association’s ‘Grand Slam’, the date of Aldergrove Fairdays’ Annual July weekend was finally opened up for the Canadian Fast Draw ‘Open Index’ Championships.

It began at Aldergrove Athletic Park in 2008, and it didn’t come easy.

It was six years after, in 2013, that the then-Chairman of WFDA first visited to compete here, and saw a potential in granting the hosts, Langley’s Thunderbird Fast Draw Club, the sanctioning of the World Open Index Fast Draw Championships here. It helped that Reuters’ press was on hand that year to cover the event and the story went around the world, even being reported in The China Daily.

Working in conjunction with the main sponsors of the contest, the Township of Langley, the Langley Rod and Gun Club, and this year, Shaniko Holsters, along with several other donors and supporters, the Thunderbirds and Aldergrove Fair Days folks have brought this unique event into its eighth year.

For anyone wondering what an ‘Open Index’ contest is, just think of golf and tennis. Tennis is an elimination style event in which the winner might not even have to compete against half of the entries. In golf, the winner plays against everyone and only is victorious if she or he ends up with the lowest score after so many holes. In Fast Draw‘s index event, the shooter who ends up, after several different events, with the lowest average time, wins.

Last year’s winner of the Women’s Open Index Championships is Aldergrove’s own Nicole Franks, who will be defending her title this year against the top women shooters in the sport, including Burnaby’s Karen Robinson, who now holds the rating and Title of WFDA’s All-Around Top Gun in the Women‘s Division.

The sport of Fast Draw is billed as “The World’s Fastest Sport.” From Tractor Pulls to Trigger Pulls there is plenty to see at this year’s Aldergrove Fair, so bring your family and have some down-home fun.

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