The Fall Fair which runs alongside Golden City Days is quickly approaching. The event is scheduled for Saturday Sept. 8.
The Fall Fair Organizing Committee will be releasing a brochure highlighting the events of the fair this week.
The fair is known for its competitions in baking and vegetable growing, as well as great activities for the kids.
“I’d like to encourage people to enter things they’ve grown in their garden or crafts that they or their children have done,” said organizer Ursula Stephens. “It’s through everybody participating in our fair that we enjoy that sense of community that Rossland is known for.”
She said all the usual events will be there, with a few added things. Competitions, children’s events, the flowers, the vegetables and the baking and things.
They have also added some sewing categories for the kids, because of interest shown from kids last year. Kids knitting and crocheting were also added.
In the food and drink category, the beer and wine competition has been eliminated.
“We haven’t had a lot of entries over the last year and we have to arrange for judges and that kind of thing” she said. “We decided to forgo that section for this year.” She added that in the past they sometimes received only two entries, making the competition a bit lacking for depth.
This year they changed some of the quantities of the entries in the baking portion.
“We used to have that you had to have six cookies or six squares, but now we have it down to four,” she said. “So that things are more affordable for things to enter and they won’t have to be dismayed by having to have four perfect muffins. So we’re trying to make things more accessible for people.”
The fair will have a number of regular booths as well as some new information booths. The Rossland Museum, the 4H club, Kootenay Columbia Trails Society and Friends of the Rossland Range will all be represented at the Fall Fair.
Kootenay Association of Arts, Science and Technology (KAST) will be bringing in a display called Raptor’s Ridge Birds of Prey.
“It is making the tour of the Kootenays over the next little while,” she said. “They are stopping at the arena for the fall fair.”
The Golden City Railway Modelers Club will also be there with their historical reproduction of Rossland in the miniature.
An area of Spokane Street is closed off outside the arena outdoor activities.
“We’ve been able to purchase gazebo-type awnings thanks to a grant from the Columbia Basin Trust,” she said.
There will be a petting zoo outside and new this year there will be a hand washing station.
There is also face painting for kids.
“A lot of new things as well as a lot of the old standbys.
Entries will be taken on Friday Sept. 7 from noon until 7 p.m. Judging is Saturday morning. Doors are open to the public following the parade until 6 p.m.
Laurie Karn, who along with Stephens and Bobbi LaFond, organizes the fair noted the importance of the grant funding.
Karn said the committee wanted to acknowledge the contributions from the CBT and RDKB who have assisted through the communities initiative funding program.
Brochures can be found at various locations through out Rossland.