Time to cowboy up as the BCRA professional rodeo circuit comes to Chilliwack this weekend as part of the 138th Chilliwack Fair.

Get agri-cultured this weekend

Chilliwack Fair is Aug. 5-7 at Heritage Park with all the most-loved elements, from the horse show, and rodeo, to those cute animals and famous little doughnuts.

The ‘Wack is about to get “cultured.”

Agri-cultured, that is.

Chilliwack Fair runs Aug. 5-7 at Heritage Park with all the most-loved elements, from the horse show, and rodeo, to those cute animals and famous little doughnuts.

The weekend long event offers a snapshot of today’s modern agriculture, while drawing strength from its rich and proud history in the region, explains event coordinator Nancy Spratt.

“There’s just so much going on,” she says.

The official name of the 129-year-old event has been shortened to simply “Chilliwack Fair” this year. But the “exhibition” aspect of the event has been maintained, with a splendid slate of 4H open livestock classes, horse show and gymkhana.

Although there’s a new name and a new logo brand, the heart of the event is being kept as it has always been — purposely.

“We didn’t want to mess with it, or restructure just make a few key changes.”

As always there will be scads of cute kids with lamb, rabbits, cows and more, but also a thoughtful showcase of 4H culture and other ag-related displays.

University of the Fraser Valley Agriculture officials will be setting up a large installation at the fair. They’ll be unfurling educational offerings, from horticulture or livestock, to agri-business, and on-farm food safety and security.

Chilliwack Kiwanis are launching a dog show for mutts, or mixed breeds, which should be entertaining. The 4-H barns will be packed and the smell of fresh popcorn and cotton candy will be wafting through the air.

Take a walk through Atchelitz Threshermen’s Heritage Village, and you might think you’ve taken a trip back in time.

Wonderfully creative offerings of crafters and artists await the curious in Building 1, which will be packed with home and garden displays from photography, to recycled art, and hobbies.

Peruse the garden produce, floral arrangements, home baking and preserves. There’s intricate needlework, crocheting and quilting offerings, and many hobby classes. Many will feature live demonstrations to get folks involved, Spratt says.

“Browse through the Lifestyles lanes for a wide variety of new products and services,” she says. “For fun-seekers there’s the colourful midway, exciting rodeo and live music performance stage.”

The focus is always on the fun to be had by families, and kids of all ages will enjoy the Country Kids Adventure building. They’ll have a ball in the petting zoo, baby chicks display, or gold panning with Yukon Dan.

“We support young and developing artists and endeavour to include music students, dance groups and school groups on our entertainment program,” she says.

Hawk Radio and Tractorgrease are presenting the live music stage on Friday and Saturday nights, and from noon to 5, it’s family-oriented entertainment on stage.

The fair always means chances for local youth to be exhibitors, volunteer to help with production, or attend just for the sheer fun of it.

For the history buffs, it’s interesting to note that in 1873, the non-profit Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society incorporated and began producing the Chilliwack Exhibition and Fair. The fair has run ever since in Chilliwack and is the second-oldest fair in B.C. to do so.

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

twitter.com/CHWKjourno

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Pikeminnow derby brings families together at Cultus Lake

The annual Lions Pikeminnow Derby takes place on Father’s Day weekend in Chilliwack

UPDATE: Incident along train tracks shuts down Eagle Landing Parkway for several hours

The Chilliwack Progress has reached out to RCMP for further details

VIDEO: Fire destroys Chilliwack home on Bearstone Place

RCMP comfirm everyone got out of the house safely during Saturday morning fire

PHOTOS: Sasquatch Days about ‘being proud of being Sts’ailes’

The joint event between Harrison and Sts’ailes returned to the village for its eighth year

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopened after crash near Prest Road

The early morning incident involved a semi and a flagging truck

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Pride flag taken down by Township of Langley

Woman said she was told it was removed from her front yard because of a complaint

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read