Chilliwack Fair seeks volunteers to board of directors

Get involved in B.C.’s third oldest fair helping bridge the gap between rural and urban living

The Chilliwack Fair is looking for a few new directors.

The 146th annual Fair was just held in August, but already the Board is hard at work planning for the 2019 event. A public event of this size and scope takes a whole year to plan and implement.

Directors do attend monthly board meetings of the Chilliwack Agricultural Society held on the fourth Thursday of each month and they each sit on one or more committees that report to the board. They make budgets, determine the focus of the event, plan new activities, meet with potential participants and are responsible for the whole event. This is a “working board” so in the weeks leading up to the Fair many are also actively planting, building, and creating things for their particular area.

• READ MORE: As old as B.C., the Chilliwack Fair turns 146 this year

The goal of the Ag Society is to include all aspects of the Chilliwack community and to provide opportunities for everyone to participate. The focus is on celebrating local entertainers, artists, heritage, and agriculture.

As the community grows it is becoming more urban, and the society works to bridge the gap between urban and rural by providing entertaining and educating opportunities for people to meet their agricultural neighbours.

With the increasing size of the event, help is needed. New directors could work in their field of interest with help particularly needed in a few areas.

The year starts with the Annual General Meeting to be held the end of November. There wouldn’t be a lot of work for new directors over the winter months, with most activity in the spring and summer. They should plan to be available during the Fair (Aug 9 to 11, 2019) as well as some hours before and after the event for set up and take down.

To be eligible to join the Board people must live in the area, be able to attend monthly meetings, sit on at least one committee, and should consider the good of the entire event ahead of one special interest area. The nomination committee will meet with interested people and can provide more information. Board members will be happy to “show you the ropes” as you learn about the event.

If you are interested please contact the Fair office by calling 604-824-8191 or email info@chilliwackfair.com. Information about the Fair can be found online at www.chilliwackfair.com


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