Rossland Fall Fair co-organizers Ursula Stephens and Laurie Karn organized a volunteer appreciation night at the Rossland Curling Rink last Wednesday. During the event, Stephens and Karn announced that they would be stepping down as co-organizers and looking for someone else to take on the role. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)

Rossland Fall Fair co-organizers stepping down

The coordinators of the Rossland Fall Fair have announced they’re stepping down.

The coordinators of the Rossland Fall Fair have announced they’re stepping down.

At a recent volunteer appreciation event, Rossland Fall Fair coordinators Ursula Stephens and Laurie Karn reported that this year’s Fall Fair, celebrating the Canada 150 theme, was very successful with over 1,200 people in attendance.

On Sept. 9 the Rossland Arena was filled with a wide variety of vendors, information and educational booths and non-stop live entertainment. Free face-painting delighted the children and the outdoor petting zoo and fish pond attracted a large crowd. The Rossland Mountain Market greeted fair-goers outside the entrance to the Fair with an enticing array of fresh produce as well as numerous outdoor market vendors and entertainment.

The 2017 Aggregate Trophy was presented to Sharon Lussier of Rossland who entered a total of 41 exhibits, winning 35 first place ribbons, four second-place ribbons and one third-place ribbon. Sharon was also the winner of the “People’s Choice Award” in the photography section. The winner of the door prize was Marlene Bojechko of Rossland.

Stephens and Karn want to thank all of the volunteers whose time and effort was instrumental to the success of the fair. Special thanks go out to the Columbia Basin Trust for their contribution through the Community Initiatives Program, as well as the assistance of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and the City of Rossland.

Stephens and Karn also both announced that they would be stepping down from their coordinator positions.

After has served on the committee for over 30 years. Stephens and Karn announced that they have decided to step down as the coordinators. It was not an easy decision for them to make, as both have been passionate about bringing the community together for this wonderful, old-fashioned event and they have worked hard to continue the tradition each year. They expressed what a rich and rewarding experience this has been and that this could be an opportunity for the Fall Fair to evolve with new people and new ideas.

The Fall Fair committee is looking for one or two volunteers who would like to take over the coordinator positions. Any persons or community groups who are interested in planning and implementing the Fall Fair are asked to email rosslandbc.fallfair@gmail.com for more information.

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