Mel Todhunter of Chilliwack gives her Nigerian dwarf goat, Pokey, a piece of her peanut butter cookie during last year’s Chilliwack Fair. “Everything I’m having, she’s having,” says Todhunter. Pokey’s favourite snack is salt and vinegar potato chips. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

Diesel drags, rodeo and pig races at Chilliwack Fair

Families, 4H and more at Heritage Park, Aug. 11-13

This year’s Chilliwack Fair has all the fan favourites, along with a few new surprises.

It all gets started on Friday night, with agricultural events, a multitude of displays, activities, food and entertainment planned throughout the weekend at Chilliwack Heritage Park.

The biggest addition this year is something that should get every truck lover’s motor running. BD Diesel will be hosting Diesel Dirt Drag Races on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s an exciting new feature, with space for 60 trucks to join in the fun and plenty of cash to be won.

The races will take place in the back field, and there are different categories depending on your type of vehicle. There will be barriers in place, and food and beer available. The racers’ participation fees will go toward payouts, with all of the surplus being donated to BC Children’s Hospital.

To learn more about how to enter, visit the Chilliwack Fair online.

The 145th Annual Chilliwack Fair officially opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, with the Home and Garden building opening at 10 a.m. The livestock and 4-H shows start right away with dairy and sheep showmanship, a llama demonstration, sheep shearing, calf placing, mini-horse driving and a light horse show.

Other highlights of the day include a full “Creation Station” for kids, performances by Freestyle Skateboarders, a First Nations carver, a Lego building station, Chilliwack Dance School, Spindle Whorl Dancers, and a full line of entertainment on multiple stages throughout the fairgrounds.

And everyone will want find their seats in time for Richard’s Racers. Yes, the pig races are back, and they’ll be running at noon and 5 p.m. on Friday.

Most of the activity wraps up in time for the BCRA Rodeo, followed by a performance by Atlantic Crossing on the mainstage outside.

On Saturday and Sunday, the excitement continues. Kids will love the chance to meet and greet the “Pawlicious Pups,” the “Ever After Princesses” and the Chilliwack Chiefs. Home chefs and food lovers will want to catch hunter and local celebrity chef Tammy Wood as she prepares tasty dishes throughout the weekend.

And on Saturday night, the crowds will move to the Chances stage to enjoy AC/DC tribute band, Thunderstruck.

The fair closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For a full listing of events, including a map and more details, see this newspaper or visit


Mackenzie Payton of Maple Ridge competes in the breakaway roping event at the Chilliwack Rodeo during last year’s Chilliwack Fair. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

Amanda Gilliland of Langley prepares her Charollais sheep, Sharon, to be shown in the 4-H sheep show during last year’s Chilliwack Fair. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

Cowboys prepare for the rodeo during last year’s Chilliwack Fair. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

The Spindle Whorl Dancers perform during last year’s Chilliwack Fair. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

A calf has a snooze at last year’s Chilliwack Fair. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)