Keith McFee, 11, decorates the Chilliwack Schools Garden Program display in one of the barns at Chilliwack Heritage Park in 2017. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

Good things will be growing at Chilliwack’s 147th fair

New competitions, including pie-eating contest, in the works for August event

The 147th Chilliwack Fair is just a month away, and it’s time to consider what to enter.

This year’s theme is Good Things Growing, and it’s not just the top pumpkins and peas that could earn prizes in horticulture this year.

Young writers are invited to submit 200 words on the theme “I Grow With My Garden.” There are two age categories, seven to 12, and 13 to 18. As always, the entry fee is small (50 cents) and the cash prizes are available at $2, $3 and $5.

The information for this and other ways to enter the Chilliwack Fair’s competitions (Aug. 9-11) is all included in the annual prize book, available online or at The Progress office. The book includes entry costs, prize amounts, rules, deadlines and more.

There are entries for just about every craft, kitchen art or gardening splendours, for all ages and abilities. You don’t need to belong to a group or a club, either.

There are a few new competitions added this year to take note of, including a pie-eating contest.

“Bring your appetite and special skills to this no-hands, cream pie eating contest,” the prize book announces. There’s a limit to 10 entries per age group, one for ages seven to 13, and one for people 14 and older. That’s taking place Sunday, Aug. 11.

But for the traditional pie makers, don’t worry. There will still be the competition with judges who will be taking the time to taste your treats.

Other new features this year are a Traditional First Nations Art Competition. It will be judged by Rocky Larock, and the convener for the competition is Yvette John (P’eq sq’oyes Slha’:li’), and there are classes for beading, painting, Salish weaving, cedar art, clothing designers, regalia, drum painting, carving and dream catchers.

Also new this year, is the artists’ table. Anyone can pop by the table in the arts department throughout the fair to add their own drawings and sign them. There is no registration or fee to join.

The Good Things Growing theme can be incorporated into several categories, from needle arts and photography, from floral to Jr. Horticulture.

For a full list of all the categories available to enter, visit

Do you have a garden growing, or a project on the go, that’s worthy of coverage? Email with photos and details and you could be featured in an upcoming edition of The Progress.


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