UFV marks 40th anniversary with community celebrations

Events taking place in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Hope, and Mission

The University of the Fraser Valley continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary year with several community events in September and October.  Everyone is welcome.

Since starting out as Fraser Valley College, holding classes in storefronts and church basements 40 years ago, UFV has grown into a multi-campus university serving more than 15,000 students annually.

The fall celebrations start on Friday, Sept 12 at the UFV Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park. The Bluegrass and BBQ-themed event will include live music, food vendors, a marketplace, kids play zone, and tours of the new Agriculture Centre of Excellence. The bluegrass and folk-themed band lineup includes Greenwood, Headwater, Viper Central, and The Paperboys. The party runs from 3 to 8 pm, and admission is free.

On Saturday, Sept 13, it’s UFV Day at the Chilliwack Corn Maze . UFV will be hosting a full day of family fun, festivity, and activities in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Admission to the maze on Sept 13 will be by donation, with all proceeds going to UFV’s Changing Lives, Building Communities Endowment Scholarship. The suggested donation is a minimum of $9 per person (free for children 3 and under).

Things get groovy on Wednesday, Sept 17, when UFV hosts a 1970s-inspired party on the campus green at the Abbotsford campus on King Road. There will be a retro costume contest, live music, marketplace, kids zone and more! The band lineup includes Taxmen (a Beatles tribute band), Lightning Dust, and the Boom Booms. This free event runs from 3 to 8 pm.

The festivities move to Hope on Friday, Sept 19 for a Family Fun Day running from 11 am to 3 pm at the UFV Hope Centre at 1250 Seventh Avenue. This free event includes face-painting, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, popcorn, cake, and a free book for every child in attendance.

UFV will also mark the 40th anniversary in Mission in October by teaming up with Mission Community Services for the annual Celebration of Light, at the Clarke Theatre at the UFV Mission campus at Heritage Park Centre on Tuesday, Oct 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The celebration will include delicious food, crafts, music, dance and lively entertainment from diverse cultures. Visit the UFV photo booth. There will be a giant birthday cake! This is a free event but donations of non-perishable items for Mission Community Services Food Centre are greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in a vendor booth or table at a party, visit www.ufv.ca/40/vendor or contact Caitlin.Gleboff@ufv.ca or Auriel.Heron@ufv.ca.

For more information, visit ufv.ca/40 .

Locations:

UFV Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park — 45190 Caen Avenue, Chilliwack UFV Abbotsford campus on King Road — 33844 King Road, Abbotsford

UFV Mission campus at Heritage Park Centre – 33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission

UFV Hope Centre — 1250 Seventh Avenue, Hope

Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch — 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack. info@chilliwackcornmaze.com