Ellie Knox made friends with a calf at last year’s Rossland Fall Fair. (File photo)

Ellie Knox made friends with a calf at last year’s Rossland Fall Fair. (File photo)

Rossland Fall Fair to celebrate Canada 150

This year’s Rossland Fall Fair will celebrate Canada 150.

This year’s Rossland Fall Fair will celebrate Canada 150.

Organizers have introduced 14 new categories — six for kids and eight for adults — to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. Last year’s new category — themed table setting for two — has also gotten the Canada 150 treatment.

“We wanted the table setting to reflect that theme,” says Laurie Karn, one of the fair’s organizers. “We only had two entries, I believe, last year, so we’re really hoping that we get a few more people interested in that category.”

For kids, the new Canada 150 categories are:

• Collection of Canada-themed items

• Lego — red and white only;

• Canadian Veggie Critter;

• Drawing, any medium — Canada theme;

• Collage — Canada theme;

• Any other Canada theme not listed.

For adults:

• Canada 150 Cake;

• Knitted/Crocheted item — red and white;

• Needlework item — red and white;

• 5×7 photo of any Canada Day activities/celebrations;

• Flower arrangement — red and white design;

• Canadian Veggie Critter;

• Maple fudge;

• Any other Canada theme not listed.

Organizers also invite attendees to dress in Canadian colours for the fair.

The other big news this year is that the Rossland Fall Fair website is launching. The new site will launch at www.rosslandfallfair.ca within the week.

Anyone interested in exhibiting or learning more about the fair can check out the website once it’s live, but you can also pick up Rossland Fall Fair brochures at the Rossland Public Library, City Hall, the Alpine Grind, Bear Country Kitchen, the Nelson &District Credit Union and Alpine Drug Mart IDA.

The fair has hundreds of categories, whether you bake, craft or grow, and there are fun categories for kids as well.

“We’re really hoping that people will look at our brochure and find one or two items that pique their interest, that they will put in,” says Karn. “Because over the last few years we’ve noticed that the exhibits have been dropping off. We don’t have as many coming in as we use to and we’d really love to see more people come out and support the fair in that respect.”

Entry fees are 50 cents (unless otherwise stated) and winners receive prize money — $3 for first, $2 for second and $1 for third — as well as ribbons and bragging rights.

There are also sponsored prizes provided for select categories by Bernardin (pectin), Crisco (shortening) and Robin Hood (flour).

Whether you participate or not, there’s still lots to do at the fair.

You can check out the exhibits and start planning for next year, visit vendor booths and get a jump on your Christmas shopping, catch some live entertainment and check out the petting zoo.

“We’re going to have info booths, vendor booths — we’ve got new vendors this year that we’ve never had before, trying to add some different things to the fair. We’re going to have our petting zoo again and fish pond — that’s always a big hit with kids. We’re hoping to have a bit more children’s entertainment outside this year,” says Karn.

Main stage entertainment will include the Golden City Fiddlers and a special performance of “O Canada” by the young Brian Chan, as well as new entertainment.

The Rossland Mountain Market will be set up outside and the Golden City Railway Modellers will have models on display inside.

The fair begins following the Golden City Days Parade and runs until 5 p.m. at the Rossland Arena. Entry is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for children under six.

Anyone interested in having a vendor booth at the fair can contact organizers at rosslandbc.fallfair@gmail.com.

The Rossland Fall Fair is supported through the Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives program and the assistance of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and the City of Rossland, but also relies on the help of volunteers.

If you’d like to help out at the fair — even if you only have an hour or two to offer — contact organizers at the above email address.

“It’s a great way to meet other people and contribute to a valuable community event,” says Karn.