Peachland Fall Fair

 

Did you know the Peachland Fall Fair is 103 years old? It’s happening this Sept 10 and 11 – and first-timers are encouraged to enter!

Here are the categories:

Baking and Preserves

Flowers

Needlework

Fruit and Nuts

Vegetables, Eggs and Honey

Handicrafts

Flower Arranging 

Photography / Junior Photography

Juniors – everything from Lego, to jewelry, collections, cards, painting and more.

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If you’ve never entered / think your stuff isn’t good enough – you’ll be surprised at your odds of winning one of those ribbons! Why not give it a try this year? The fall fair committee is happy to answer any questions. You can find all the contact info on their website or by picking up the official Fall Fair booklet at these places:

Peachland Museum

Peachland visitors Centre

Peachland Community Centre

Peachland Library

Peachland Ave Hardware

Peachland Pharmacy

Westbank Visitors Centre

Buckerfields

Westbank Library

Byland’s Garden Centre

Dogwood Nursery

Home Hardware West Kelowna

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What a great parade float! The fall fair committee was out and about on Canada Day in Peachland:

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Yes, it’s June and the 103rd Peachland Fall Fair is September 10 & 11 – but there are flowers and veggies to grow, handicrafts to start, and maybe some baking to plan!

For volunteers putting the fair together, it’s getting busier, too. The Fall Fair booklet is coming out soon – there’s new categories / items to enter this year. Pretty much anything you can think of, you can enter – (biscuits, pies, preserves, bouquets of flowers, knitting, felting, big pumpkins, perfect apples, nuts, eggs, carrots, herbs, beadwork, stained glass, adult colouring, painting, photography, fun collections…I really could go on!) Look over the book (we’ll let you know how to get your hands on one!) and the section heads are happy to answer any of your questions. New entries are definitely welcome!

On June 4, the fall fair set up a booth at the 50+ Centre. It was part of the Car Boot / Trunk sale and Hub open house! It takes a small army to make this fair happen, and here are a few longtime volunteers!

Would you like to help out this year? Info below ⬇️

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It’s official – the Fall Fair is a go! It’s a tradition 103 years’ young, and president Tami Theriault says the committee wanted to wait til May to decide whether this year’s fair is a go. She has a great team of longtime volunteers who really know the ins and outs of everything – and they’re always looking for help! Whether you want to volunteer for the days of the fair, help plan in advance – or anything really, chances are there’s a job for you! Email the committee, check out the Fall Fair Facebook page or their website!

I met Tami in 2019, when she and then-president Martha Jenkins paid me a visit at the old Peachland View house on 3rd St. Gardening is my favourite thing to do, so by the end of the visit, Tami had convinced me to enter and I was happy to write articles leading up to the fair.

 

…and the fair was so fun! I entered some flowers, the kids entered Lego and a seashell collection and we all left with ribbons. The community centre was a friendly beehive of activity, and there was just something about wandering around, looking at the results of what people like to do in their spare time. Scroll on for some photos! (Thanks for these, Paula McLaughlin!)

 

 

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Here’s some pics I took during the 2019 fair:

 

 

 

Third place for flower arranging, woohoo!

 

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THIS WAS PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER, 2021:

It’s a bummer, but not unexpected: The Peachland Fall Fair that was planned for Sept. 11 and 12, 2021 has been cancelled.

Fall Fair president Tami Theriault – who has been at the helm the past two years, is obviously disappointed, but the decision was for the best.

“After the cancellation of the 2020 Fair, we had been hopeful that we would go ahead this year,” she said.

“But as the months passed we realized that due to the stringent Covid-19 protocol that would be required in order for us to hold a public event, as well with the Covid situation being unknown and unpredictable, we have made the decision to cancel the Fair for this year.

As well, we do not feel it is appropriate to approach businesses for sponsorship during these difficult times and will look forward to the community involvement once again next year.”

So, the Fall Fair will be virtual again – give their Facebook page a follow, because they’ll be letting you know how you can post your crafts, consumables and other fall fair items. It’ll still be fun!

Theriault said this year’s volunteer crew is 20 strong, and they’re always looking for more help. We joked that the 2022 fair will be the BEST EVER! 🙂

“How do we feel about the fall fair being cancelled? We are saddened and disappointed but we are excited to get to work planning the 2022 Peachland Fall Fair. See you at the Fair,” Theriault says.

 

The 2019 edition was so fun!

 

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The best part of Peachland’s Fall Fair is seeing all the projects people have been up to. For the 2020 edition of the fair, volunteers decided on a virtual version, by encouraging everyone to sharing pictures of their baking, handicrafts and garden bounties.

As The Phoenix reported back in April, the 2020 version (the 101st edition, which was set for Sept 11-13) was cancelled due to COVID.

“So, what we thought because a lot of it is visual, people can share on our Facebook page what they would have entered in the fair,” said Theriault, who served her first year as Fall Fair President in 2020.

If you go to the Fall Fair’s website, you can get an idea of all the categories – From baking, to photography, handicrafts, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Kids can enter too!

“Basically, we just want people to share,” said Theriault.

“We want to keep interest in the fair going. We don’t want people to forget about us!”

Visit the Fall Fair website for more info, check out their Facebook page or you can email

Peachland’s 100th Fall Fair was in 2019.

info@peachlandfallfair.ca if you have any questions.

Written by Kristen Friesen

August 5, 2022

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