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September 14 & 15, 2018 On behalf of Mayor Van Laerhoven, Council and District Staff, All the best to the Agassiz Agricultural & Horticulture Association for a successful 2018 Fall Fair & Corn Festival

See you at the Fair!

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114TH AGASSIZ FALL FAIR & 70TH CORN FESTIVAL Year of the Corn - 2018

President’s Message Welcome to our 114th Fall Fair and 70th Corn Festival. Our fair has long roots that go back to the early times of our area when farming was still being established. We celebrate our active and growing farming community. Our exhibition brings many people together, present residents as well as former residents that are drawn back as a way to cherish their establishment years. Come and enjoy time together and share an appreciation for the fruits of our labors. We want you to relive pleasant memories from past fairs and find something new to enjoy. The Antique Tractor Pull is a perennial favourite and will return again this year. The logging show is always lots of fun. There is always fierce competition and fun at the celebrity goat milking contest and the blueberry pie eating contest. We are celebrating the 70th Corn Festival and so we rejoice in all the corny aspects of our fair. There are special corn themed entries sponsored by Allenby's Farm Store. As well there will be corn cob

car races. Bring your corn cob car to the Kids Zone and find out who has the fastest cob car in their class. When the corn festival was originally started corn cob pipes were used. This year there will be a best decorated corn cob pipe category to show off your crafting skills. On Friday night the midway will again offer a special price for rides. The Friday night entertainment will include a variety of musicians and singers for your enjoyment. On Saturday there will also be a variety of performers to entertain you. 4-H will have a large contingent of cattle, horses, sheep, swine, dogs, goats and rabbits. These young people and their leaders work hard all year to take care of their animals and display them at the fair. Please come out and show your appreciation for all their efforts. The Agricultural Hall will be full of the latest entires in the baking, canning, vegetable, flower and handicraft sections. There will be educational information available to help you fully appreciate the

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Fall Fair & Corn Festival, celebrating a local tradition Just as it has for the past 113 years, ularity. parade and a wide variety of 4H and year comes with a few twists. This year the Kid’s Zone is bigger and the Fall Fair is returning to Agassiz to “This year our entries are up 300 from public fair entries. sweeten the final days of summer with last year!” she said of Agricultural Hall Of course, it wouldn’t be a corn- better, says Brookes. Special activities, corn car races, a celebration of local agriculture, exhibit entries. “I think there’s new peo- themed fall fair without the crowning ple moving into the area and they’re of the Corn King and Queen and a duck races- a trough with water going farming and small town charm. hearing about the festival and corn-husking competition. There’s also through it and the kids have to use the City folk from across the there’s lots of people a goat-milking contest, pie-eating pumps to move the duckies through Lower Mainland and beyond that have contest, logger sports demonstration, the troughs. will flock to Agassiz Sept. e n t e r e d antique tractor pull, Kid Zone and FarmBut kids get more than just bucket14-15 to enjoy the over loads of fun! The Fall Fair is a one of a for a ers Market. century-old tradition that is Last year, the blueberry pie-eat- kind experiences for youngsters to learn number of ing-contest was so popular that they about food and farming, meeting the the 114th years.” ran out of pies, according to Brookes. farmers and families who have made Agassiz “So there’s a “We’ve got even more blueberries this agriculture or farming their legacy. Fall Fair lot of interest in the fair year to make sure we have enough a n d Perhaps they’ll be more likely to finish itself and the different [pies],” she said with a laugh. 7 0 t h their glass of milk after watching goatcategories. People like to If somehow, all the fun and excite- miking demonstrations, or take away a C o r n do their baking and can- ment tisn’t enough to get the whole life-long interest in growing or gardenFestival! ning and needle work and family out, then the great fair food ing after checking out exhibits in the There’s no shortage of competition show it off to everybody should do the trick. Enjoy burgers, hot Agricultural Hall. when it comes to because the hall is full on dogs, barbecued chicken and of course, Enjoy a charming local tradition, family fun, but Fall Fair Day with everybody corn. learning about the past and the history Fairs have remained going through the exhibA six-year winner of the ‘Fair of the of the land while making brand new its and seeing what peo- Year’ award, presented by BC Associ- family memories! a unique and ple have made.” ation of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibibeloved tradition, Say goodbye to summer with a weekAs if the the scenic tions, the fair repeats much of it’s well- end well-spent at the 113th Agassiz Fall connecting consumers and city folk greenery and farmland loved events and competitions, but this Fair and 70th Corn Festival. with food growers, nestled in the heart of farmers and even the Fraser Valley wasn’t the animals behind enough to bring out their every day groan average of 10,000 cery purchases! people to the fair every Everyone can get year, the endless entertainment, competitions, behind the non-stop demonstrations, great fun, food and enterOffer valid until Sept. 16, 2018. tainment offered eats and more are sure Congratulations to the Agassiz Agricultural and at the Agassiz Fall to get visitors and locals Fair, and according out for the weekend. Horticultural Association on the 114th Annual to Agricultural and Opening mid-afternoon Agassiz Fall Fair and 70th Corn Festival Horticultural AssociFriday and running all day ation president Victoria Saturday, visitors can enjoy the Brookes, even after 114 years, midway, stage entertainment and the festival is growing in popbeer gardens, a Saturday morning

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12:45 p.m. Corn Husking (Outdoor Stage)

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“O Canada” sung by Jeff Bodner

Kids Zone - pony rides, mini golf, bouncy castle, candy hay toss, duck races - until 5 pm

12:30 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull

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4H Dog show Agricultural Hall Opens

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Donkey Show (Outside Show Ring)

Beer Garden open - until 10pm

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PARADE MOVES OFF led by colour parties of Royal Canadian Legion

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114TH AGASSIZ FALL FAIR & 70TH CORN FESTIVAL Year of the Corn - 2018

Greetings from Mayor and Council On behalf of Council and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, I wish to extend our welcome to all of the many dignitaries, residents, visitors and participants who will help celebrate the upcoming 114th Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival for 2018. We wish the District’s agricultural and farming community great success for this year’s Fair.  We hope you visit the Festival and enjoy the wonderful displays,  activities, food and entertainment!   Leo Facio, Mayor 

Congratulations to the 2018 Fall Fair and Corn Festival! Join me there as we celebrate the “Year of the Corn”!

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Greetings and welcome to the 114th Fall Fair and 70th Corn Festival. This year we are celebrating our namesake – Year of the Corn! With the exception of Antarctica, corn is grown on every continent, but only Agassiz is the corn capital of Canada. Families and friends can learn all about celebrating the harvest in the Agricultural Hall which will have displays of flowers, vegetables, baking and canning, photography, arts and crafts and so much more. O t h e r fun filled activities this year include the annual parade, farmer’s market, logging show, blueberry pie eating

contest, kid’s corner, beer garden and midway, live entertainment and of course, the crowning of the Corn King/Queen. Special corn themed activities will also be happening, like best decorated corn cob pipe, a corn husking competition and homemade corn cob car races for kids. Over 75% of grocery items contain corn as an ingredient, so as farmers we have our work cut out for us - much like the volunteers at our Fair! Council would like to recognize the dedication and hard work they contribute to help make our destination event so successful. With their support, we have been named Best Fair of the Year 7 times in a row! Come on out and enjoy

the merriment because as they say, what’s ear today is corn tomorrow, so take advantage of every funfilled opportunity! See you at the Fair! John Van Laerhoven, Mayor


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Stage entertainment Is there anything better than the simple joy of a cold beer and some great entertainment? Enjoy the beer garden Friday and Saturday night with fireworks scheduled for Friday, weather-permitting and the Loungehounds playing for the beer garden Saturday. Friday evening the outdoor stage will feature music from Destination Unknown and Funk Romance, then Saturday the Harrison Highlanders Pipe Band will bring the stunning sound of experienced bagpipers to the stage before music from Los Meatballs and finally, Jeff Bodner’s Essence of Elvis tribute.

Matt Henry Matt Henry’s skills, unique effects and one of a kind wit have awed and amused audiences across the world! The World Juggling Champion has

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Kid Zone Everything about the fair is perfect for little ones! From kid-friendly rides to family entertainment, there’s no shortage of kid fun! But it gets even better at the Kid Zone, where pony rides, mini-golf, bouncy castles and balloon animals are a delight for all. Don’t forget the candy hay toss, duck races and a performance from the Rosie Ribbonstar Show!

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Frequent fair-goers know to head to the Agricultural Hall throughout the fair to view inspiring entries including crafts, quilts, plants, vegetables, preserves, antiques, photography, baking and more! But that’s only one of the fair’s non-stop spectacles! Saturdays shows feature donkeys (in costume!), friesian horses and even llamas! Not to mention the “Laughing Loggers” show for a taste of lumberjack entertainment! There’s something for everyone!


Antique Tractor Pull, would it? Don’t miss this old-timey tradition in action!

4H Check out the hard work of 4H youth as they show off sheep, horses, poultry, calves, dogs and more. The Fall Fair is the perfect place to showcase the hard work of 4Hers who raised, prepped and trained their animals. Check the events schedule for times shows and judging.

• Who will reign the year of the corn? The outdoor stage will feature the annual crowning of the Corn King and Queen. So far, there’s been 18 entries for the coveted role! • The classic pie-eating contest returns. Messy, tasty fun sponsored by Cabin Fever Junction will take place on the outdoor stage. • Get your goats in gear! The Celebrity Goat Milking contest returns to the outdoor stage courtesy of Agassiz Goat Dairy. • On your mark, get set, HUSK! Corn donated by Sparkes Corn Barn will be husked during the yearly Corn Husking Contest! • It wouldn’t be a Fall Fair without the

Come finish off Fall Fair weekend and join the Agassiz Fire Department for the 2018 Terry Fox Run For Cancer Research. When: Sept 16, 2018. Registration 9am, Run start 10am Where: Cheam Village, 1525 MacKay Crescent, Agassiz Who: everyone! You can walk, push a stroller or wheelchair, ride, stroll, jog or run. There are 2km, 5km and 10km routes to choose from. Dogs (on leash) are very welcome. How much: there is no entry fee or minimum pledge Why: to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research. 84 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research. So far over $750 million has been raised in Runs across Canada and world-wide. And to have fun!! There will be music, warm-up, Terry Fox T-shirts for sale and a guaranteed great day!

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114TH AGASSIZ FALL FAIR & 70TH CORN FESTIVAL Year of the Corn - 2018

An A-Maize-ing Year Every year the Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association hand-picks a crop or flower to become the theme for the upcoming Fall Fair. The theme sets the tone for the parade, displays and educational opportunities. This year is non other than the beloved corn. “It’s very important to the history of this area,” said Agricultural and Horticultural Association president Victoria Brookes. “Corn has been so important to our area and celebrated with the Fall Fair for 70 years.” A favourite at barbecues, in Agassiz fields, and as alien land-

ing pads, corn is some of the most bountiful crops produced in the Fraser Valley. Motorists are tempted by corn sales as they drive from town to town and the yellow grain is sold in huge quantities over the summer. Did you know corn comes in a variety of colours including red, orange, blue, white, black and even purple!? Or, did you know the cob of corn that we gobble down at family functions or during a summer night’s meal is actually part of the plant’s flower and each kernel is an individual seed. In total, an ear of corn has about 800 kernels in 16 rows!

But corn is more than just a delicious side for a meal. Corn is also processed and used as a major component for many other food items like potato chips, marshmallows, baby food, cooking oil, salad dressing and even chewing gum! Not to mention it’s ever-present role as a movie watching staple in the form of popcorn! Corn is pretty amazing, and certainly deserving of its role as the theme for the 114th Agassiz Fall Fair! And this year, for the first time, the fair will feature corn car races. Specifications for making your own corn car are listed in the Fair book. “There will be a contest for who has the fastest corn car,” Brookes said. “There will be a quilt based on a corn theme, something made with corn meal, painting [and] different embroidery.”

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PARADE ROUTE Each year, to start Saturday’s fair off with a bang, floats made by families, businesses, and organizations are paraded through Agassiz.

•WHERE: The Parade route starts on Cheam Avenue, and heads west before turning onto Pioneer Avenue. The parade ends in the fairgrounds at 6800 Pioneer Avenue.

Back again for another year, Prospera Credit Union is providing shuttle services from the parking grounds to the fairgrounds and back. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the shuttle will run in a loop, from Agassiz Christian Reformed Church to the fair, also stopping at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and Agassiz

United Church. The parking at each church is also being provided free of charge from each of the local churches. Agassiz Christian Reformed Church is located at 7452 Morrow Rd; St. Anthony’s Catholic Church is located at 7237 Morrow Road; and Agassiz United Church is located at 6860 Lougheed Highway.

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