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Mayor Vanlaerhoven and the staff of the District of Kent extend their best wishes to the

Agassiz Agriculture & Front Banner Horticulture Association for a successful

2014 Fall Fair & Corn Festival.

The Corporation of the District of Kent

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Agassiz Fall Fair

President's message


The annual parade starts at 10 a.m. and works its way along Pioneer Avenue from the downtown core to the fairgrounds.

Catch the shuttle to the fair Summer’s winding down and the fields of the Fraser Valley are ripe with corn which means it must be time for the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival. Prospera Credit Union is supporting the Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association as the fair celebrates its 110th anniversary. As the fair’s platinum spon-

sor, Prospera is providing a free shuttle to the fair on Saturday. The shuttle will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. making a loop from Agassiz Christian Reformed Church, to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, to the Agassiz United Church and then on to the fair. There is free parking at all three churches. Staff volunteers from the credit

union’s Agassiz and Chilliwack Branches also run the Corn Bank at the fair and Prospera is the main stage sponsor on Saturday. For more information about what’s happening at the fair this year, visit For a map of the shuttle route, see page 11.

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On behalf of the Directors of the Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association, I welcome you to the 110th Agassiz Fall Fair and 66th Corn Festival. The first fair was held in 1901 and in 2014 we are celebrating the 110th version of our famous fair.  A major accomplishment for our area’s residents.  As well we have attendees that travel many kilometres to enjoy the best barbequed chicken and corn and as well see the many activities. This year we are highlighting the honey bee. The honey bee is responsible for pollinating many of the crops that produce our food and is an example to us all in what it is like to be a busy little bee.   There will be information on just how the bee makes honey, wax and increases the production of our crops.   The blueberry pie eating was so popular last year there will be another chance to see how fast people can get their pie and eat it as well. The “Poultry in Motion” trailer explains everything you wanted to know about chickens. Enjoy the Farmer's Market and all the exhibits. A new feature in the “Kid's Zone” is the zucchini races – see how fast your zucchini can race down the track (zucchinis and the wheels are provided). Our entry section and 4-H animal displays will let you see the dedication and hard work of the exhibitors.  We have the best Midway in the area with lots of rides


Victoria Brookes is the president of the Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association.

for everyone to enjoy. That is just a sampling of our many activities and things to see. Our Fair provides an opportunity to be with family and friends, enjoy entertainment and learn about how your food is produced. The Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival – a honey of a deal. See you at the Fair! Victoria Brookes President, Agassiz Agricultural & Horticultural Association

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4-H program earns Century Farm Award Youth club started 100 years ago through Department of Agriculture In celebration of 100 years of preparing young British Columbians with agriculture learning and leadership, the B.C. government is presenting B.C. 4-H with $87,000 in funding and a Century Farm Award. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick made the announcement last month at the 115th annual Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong. The funding grant will support B.C. 4-H programs that help build youth development and leadership in local B.C. 4-H clubs throughout the province. Originally known as Boys and Girls clubs, B.C. 4-H started in 1914 with more than 200 young people participating in competitions sponsored by the Department of Agriculture. The program originally focused on potatofarming activities and soon after expanded to include popular projects involving poultry, swine, beef and dairy. Non-agricultural projects

such as arts and crafts were added in the late 1970s as more young British Columbians outside farming communities joined the program. Today, more than 2,000 young people between the ages of six and 21 years are actively involved in the program in British Columbia. The four Hs stand for head, heart, hands and health, and B.C. 4-H inspires its members to become well-balanced leaders of their communities both as kids and adults. Century Farm Awards honour agricultural organizations that have been active for 100 years. The Century Farm award program was created in 1994 to mark the centennial of the Ministry of Agriculture. “The B.C. 4-H program is devoted to our young people and introducing them to the agricultural community. I look forward to continuing our partnership with 4-H as youth programs continue to grow and more young British

Columbians take an interest in expanding their knowledge about farming and agriculture. It’s an honour to present the Century Farm Award to an organization that has supported farmers and their families for 100 years,” said Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick. Kevin Rothwell, manager or B.C. 4-H added that “B.C. 4-H is honoured to receive the Century Farm award. Generations of British Columbians have benefited from the 4-H program. Our members, alumni and volunteers have made a lasting contribution to B.C. agriculture and their communities.” 4-H Clubs have been celebrating the milestone throughout the year. To learn more about becoming a 4-H member, speak with any of the club members at the Agassiz Fall Fair as they tend to their projects. Or, visit the main program’s website online at / aboutus.


Eleven-year-old Dayton Thomas of the Agassiz Rainbow 4H Club lays with her six-month-old Yorkshire X, Varken at the 104th annual fair at the PNE. The annual summer event features a wide range of 4H displays.

4H keeps kids busy during fall fair Farming can be fun, especially when you surround yourself with like-minded friends. This year's 4-H displays and demonstrations will take place in and around the pavilion, starting early in the morning. There will be a 4H Horse Show featuring showmanship and Western equitation, 4H Dairy showmanship, rabbit judging, calf

placings, and a 4H dog show all between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and noon. The afternoon will include poultry judging, a goat obstacle, the llama show halter and showmanship, sheep shearing demonstrations, and the swine show. The Chilliwack Drill Team will perform in the riding ring at 2 p.m. To learn more about 4-H, speak with any member during the fall fair.

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EVENT SCHEDULE Master of Ceremonies - Sylvia Pranger


• Delicious hot buttered corn on the cob • Hamburgers • Hot dogs • BBQ chicken • Beverages Corn donated by Sparkes Corn Barn



4:00 p.m.

Introduction of Platform Guests (Outdoor Stage)

Agricultural Hall opens ‘til 9 p.m. $2.50 admission Midway opens

4H Calf placings (Cattle Show Ring)

5:00 p.m.

Beer Garden

4H Dog show

6:00 p.m.

“The Magic of the Mind” Comedy Hypnosis by Lee Dyson (Outdoor Stage)) Sponsored by Mertin Auto Group

9:00 p.m.

Prospera Credit Union

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9:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Parade forms up for judging on Cheam Ave. in front of High School (Marshal - Ted Westlin) Free Shuttle from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Leaves from Agassiz Christian Reformed Church parking lot (7452 Morrow Rd.), then to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church parking lot (7249 Morrow Rd.), then to Agassiz United Church parking lot(6860 McCaffrey Rd.) then to the Fair! 4H Horse Show - Showmanship, Western Equitation until mid afternoon (Outside Ring)

Sponsored by JBS Logging demo 3:00 p.m.

4H Goat Obstacle (Outside Ring) 12:45 p.m. Corn Husking (Outdoor Stage) Corn donated by Sparkes Corn Barn 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Tea in the Lion’s Den (Agricultural Hall)

Sheep shearing 3:30 p.m. Goat Milking Contest (Outdoor Stage) - Courtesy of Agassiz Goat Dairy Farm 4:00 p.m.

“The Rosie Ribbonstar Show” Kids Zone (Diamond #2) sponsored by Rimex

BMX Bike Show sponsored by the Agassiz Harrison Observer Logging demo

4:30 p.m.

“Acoustic pop/rock music by Adam Briscoe”

5:15 p.m.

“Essence of Elvis” Tribute to Elvis by Jeff Bodner (Outdoor Stage)

7:00 p.m.

Beer Garden Music by Just Smokin

7:30 p.m.

Auction of exhibits from Hall display (Agricultural Hall)

MIDWAY OPENS (until 8 p.m.) BMX Bike Show sponsored by the Agassiz Harrison Observer Llama Show Halter & Showmanship (Outside Ring) 4H Sheep judging (Outside Ring) Sheep Shearing demo

10:30 a.m. Agricultural Hall Opens

Logging demo Bingo by AH Lions Club 1:15 p.m.

“Essence of Elvis” Tribute to Elvis by Jeff Bodner (Outdoor Stage)

1:30 p.m.

4H Swine show

2:00 p.m. “The Rosie Ribbonstar Show” Kids Zone (Diamond #2) sponsored by Rimex

• SPONSORED BY• The Agassiz Y Harrison

Lawnmower Races - finals

4H Poultry judging

12:30 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull sponsored by Star 98.3 & Country 107.1

4H Dairy Showmanship, Jr. & Sr. (Outside Ring)


BMX Bike Show sponsored by the Agassiz Harrison Observer

Creative Outlet Dance Studio (Outdoor Stage)

Images Dance Studio (Outdoor Stage)

PARADE MOVES OFF led by colour parties of Royal Canadian Legion

11:00 a.m. “O CANADA” sung by Jeff Bodner

2:30 p.m.

Legion Pipe Band (Outdoor Stage)

Beer Garden opens

10:00 a.m. 4H Rabbit judging (Pavilion)

Kids Zone - pony rides, mini golf, zucchini races, bouncy castle, petting zoo until 5 p.m. sponsored by Rimex

Pie Eating Competition (Outdoor Stage) Sponsored by Cabin Fever Junction Pie Co and BC Blueberry Council

All Stage Entertainment sponsored by


2:15 p.m.

11:30 a.m. Lawnmower Races - qualifying

“Acoustic pop/rock music by Adam Briscoe” Fireworks

Chilliwack Drill Team (riding ring)

11:15 a.m. CROWNING OF CORN KING/ QUEEN (Outdoor Stage)

Bingo by AH Lions Club 7:30 p.m.

Friday Admission No charge to enter grounds Exhibit hall entrance 12 & over $2.50 Saturday Admission $6 adult advance tickets ($8 at the gate) $3 Children age 6-11 Children 5 & under are FREE Ride tickets are additional Advanced passes available at participating local businesses FREE Parking



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FAIRGROUNDS 1 Main Gate 2 Agri Hall Exhibits 3 Centre Stage 4 BBQ 5 Lions Bingo 6 Beer Garden 8 Logging Display

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Agassiz Fall Fair

Hypnotist, Elvis and more on main stage There’s always something entertaining happening on stage during the Agassiz Fall Fair, and the show is always suitable for the whole family. Friday’s stage show starts with a fascinating show featuring hypnotist Lee Dyson, followed by Agassiz’s own Adam Briscoe. Regulars to the fair have been watching Briscoe develop as a performer over the past several years, from a young singer in high school to the musician he’s become. Then on Saturday, the stage is home to everything from the opening ceremonies and the crowing of the Corn King or Queen, to the annual goat milking competition. Participants come from every walk of life to test their skills, with hilarious results. Entertainers to take the stage Saturday include Jeff Bodner’s Essence of Elvis tribute, the Legion Pipe Band, dancers from Images and Creative Outlet, Adam Briscoe, and more. And on Saturday night, adults can catch the group Just Smokin’ in the beer gardens. Of course there is entertainment all around the fairgrounds, with something for everyone. Kids will love to watch the BMX Bike show, while dads won’t want to miss the logging demonstrations. Other highlights include Rosie Ribbonstar, wheelbarrow races, logging demonstrations, a pie eating competition, and of course, the exhibits in the Agricultural Hall. For times and locations of all events, see the schedule on page 10.

Jeff Bodner (above) returns to the stage as Elvis at this year’s Agassiz Fall Fair, along with the very popular hypnotist Lee Dyson (left).


The midway is back this year, offering kids of all ages a chance to unwind.

Tickets and more


Fundraiser to support our community efforts.

Admission to the Ag Hall on Friday is $2.50, and there’s an auction of the unclaimed exhibits on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Enjoy the Fair! Museum • Gift Shop • Cafe

Admission to the fair is free on Friday. On Saturday, admission is $6 for an adult in advance, and $8 at the gate. For children ages six to 11, admission is $3. Children under six are free. Admission does not include a pass for the midway rides, which are being operated by West Coast Amusements. Admission to the Agricultural Hall on Friday night, to view the displays is $2.50. There is no fee to enter the hall on Saturday. Remember that when the Ag Hall closes on Saturday night at 7 p.m., an auction of the exhibits begins shortly after. Exhibition winners can claim their prizes at the fair office during the fair. Parking and the shuttle are free.


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Agassiz Fall Fair

Agassiz’s corn coronation Finding a Corn King or Queen is a scientific adventure, and not a decision that’s made lightly. It takes a lot of research to pin down the very best crops. Every year, about 15 farmers will enter their crops into the contest and the corn is studied by scientists from Ag Canada. The judges visit each farm and look at the crops’ appearance, the height of the corn stalks, weed control, and more. They also take a few strips of the field and count how many plants are in each row, taking careful note of how the corn is populated. The better the yield, the closure a farmer is to becoming the next year’s Corn King, or Queen. Corn facts • Up to 75% of all grocery items contain corn in some processed form. Some products that may have corn as an ingredient include: candies, ketchup, soft drinks, ink, latex paint, spark plugs, tire, wallpaper, varnish, dog food, ice cream, chewing gum,

Then, they’ll actually take a few cobs of corn back to them at the research station, to judge the cobs individually for quality. The crowning of the Corn King or Queen takes place on Saturday on the main stage at 11:15 a.m. The title of Corn King isn’t the only corn related fun at the fair. Each year features a corn shucking contest for the kids, where they can win prize such as ride coupons. That takes place on the main stage at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday. And it wouldn’t really be the fair without the fresh cooked corn and barbecued chicken, all made on site by a dedicated bunch of volunteers. margarine, mayonnaise, yogurt. • An ear of corn has an average of 80 kernels. • Corn is grown in every continent except Antarctica. • Corn is a person’s best friend. It’s the best listener (has a good ear) and never talks back!

March past


A young boy watches pipers march by on Pioneer Avenue last year, with the backdrop for the Wayward Pines TV show production behind him.

Fall Fair facts • The Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival is run by a non-profit group called the Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association. • The first Agassiz Fall Fair was held in 1901. • The Kent Agricultural and Horicultural Association was incorporated on Nov. 16, 1899. The name was offically changed on Aug.

20, 1914 to the Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association. • The association's primary function is to protect and advance agricultre, horticulture and fruit growing interests in the District of Kent. • The event is always held on the second Saturday after Labour Day. • This year's theme is the Honey Bee. • In 2007 the first Corn Queen, Michelle Stuyt, was crowned after 58

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years of Corn Kings. Last year's Corn King was Nathan Hertgers. • The present Agricultural Hall was built in two phases; the kitchen (1983) and the auditorium (1987). • Hundreds of volunteers are needed to put on the Fall Fair and Corn Festival. • Average annual attendance is 10,000. • For six years, the event has won the Fair of the Year title from the BC Association of Agricultural Fairs & Exhibitions.

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Special Features - Agassiz Fall Fair 2014  


Special Features - Agassiz Fall Fair 2014