Aldergrove Fair Days returns this weekend

104th annual Aldergrove Fair Days, July 15-17

Presidents message and highlights of the Aldergrove Fair Days events this weekend

President’s Message

The 104th Aldergrove Fair’s theme for 2016 is “Garden Party” focusing on horticulture and celebrating gardens, gardening, fairy gardens, demonstrations and displays.

Our first guided Garden Tour featuring six local gardens along with two Master Gardeners in June was sold out and an amazing success!

The Aldergrove Fair kicks off Friday, July 15th with our annual Car Show from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your ‘pride and joy’ to show off or come stroll the parking lot of Aldergrove Community Secondary School and check out the entries and listen to some music on the Mainstage.

Saturday, July 16th begins with a Parade downtown Aldergrove at 10 a.m., then head down to the Fairgrounds at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre and Harry Hunt Park, 26770 – 29th Avenue.

We are grateful for the support of a local business, Rite Way Freight Systems, who have pulled out all the stops and are sponsoring the classic rock band Chilliwack along with two tribute bands, Evolution (Van Halen) and OCDC (ACDC) on Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

The Mainstage will have great entertainment Friday night, all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon we are featuring a Blues Festival with some pretty fantastic local musicians.

The World Fast Draw Championship is hosting the Celebrity Shoot at High Noon on Saturday and will definitely provide a great competition.

The Fraser Valley Antique Tractor Pullers will once again demonstrate the power of the tractors and fun with the Garden Tractor Pull.

Queen Elsa will be visiting the youngsters at Fairyland, and Mike the Reptile Guy in the Kidzone will give fairgoers the opportunity to touch and hold some squirming and slithery creatures, if you dare!

Save the Dates – July 15th to 17th — and visit our Facebook page and website often for updates on what we have planned.

There will definitely be something for everyone!

Our website is: www.AldergroveFair.ca

Thank you to the Township of Langley for their support and partnership.

See you at the Fair.

– Karen Long, President, Aldergrove Festival Days Society

 

Show n’ Shine Car Show

Hot Rods, Classics, Customs & More!

Come out to the Aldergrove Fair on Friday, July 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. for our seventh Annual Show ‘n Shine. See hot rods, classic and custom cars, military vehicles, and more – always a good time!

Any vehicle is welcome to participate. Pre-registration is not required. Dash plaques will be given to the first 75 drivers; there are no trophies handed out.

For more information, contact info@aldergrovefair.ca.

 

Fair Days 2016 Parade: Saturday, July 16 – 10 a.m.

The Fair Days Parade is a great way to kick off Fair weekend! Join us as colourful floats, antique cars, marching bands and more make their way through downtown Aldergrove.

The parade route will wind down Fraser Highway, starting at the Community Policing Office at 270th St. and ending at 273rd St. by the OAP Hall.

Judging Categories

1. Commercial Float (Home Built)

2. Commercial Float (Commercially Built)

3. Non–Profit Float (Home Built)

4. Non-Profit Float (Commercially Built)

5. Farm Vehicle

6. Decorated Car

7. Antique Vehicle

8. Band

9. Novelty/Comic Unit

10. Marching Drill Team

11. Mounted Drill Team

12. Horse Drawn Carriage

13. Show Horses

All entries will also be judged under a “Best Overall” category.

 

Classic ’80s Rockers Chilliwack live in concert at the Aldergrove Fair Saturday, July 16!

With special guests Eruption (Van Halen Tribute) and OC/DC (AC/DC Tribute)

Join us at the Aldergove Fair as we welcome quintessential ’80s Canadian band Chilliwack, on Saturday, July 16! Featuring two incredible opening act tribute bands, Eruption (Van Halen Tribute) and OC/DC (AC/DC Tribute), the night promises to be a high-energy celebration of great classic rock n’ roll. This concert is included in your admission to the fair, no extra charges. The concert starts at 4 p.m. – get ready to rock!

 

Sunday Afternoon Blues at The Fair!

Join us on Sunday, July 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Aldergrove Fair Mainstage for a great blues jam featuring top talent from the Fraser Valley! The fantastic lineup for this event includes: The James Thorhaug Band, Dave Quinn Horn Section and the RB Blues Band.

This super afternoon of free entertainment is included in your Fair admission. See you at the Fair!

Sponsored by Bob’s Bar n’ Grill

 

Fair Days Raffle Tickets Available Now!

Great prizes – tickets only $5! The draw will take place Sunday, July 17 at the Mainstage on the Fairgrounds (near the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, 26770 – 29 Ave.).

Tickets are available at the Aldergrove Legion (26670 Fraser Hwy.), Bob’s Bar & Grill (27083 Fraser Hwy.), and at various events throughout the community in the weeks leading up to the Fair.

BC Gaming License #1078348

Raffle Sponsors

1st Prize: Lawn Equipment (Value $1,000) Diamond Bar Equipment

2nd Prize – Hind Quarter of Beef (Value $750) Bonetti Meats

3rd Prize – Side of Pork (Value $150) Bonetti Meats

4th Prize Turkey Dinner with All the Fixins’ (Value $100) JD Farms

 

Canadian Fast Draw Championships & Celebrity Challenge

World’s event held at the Aldergrove Fair, July 16 and 17!

The sport of Fast Draw puts men and women of all ages up against modern electronic timers. All shooters, wearing western style attire, and using single-action six-shooters which are loaded with BLANKS only, must react from a light signal, then draw their guns from holsters and fire at random targets. Timers separate the winners of the various divisions.

This unique event is sponsored by the Township of Langley, sanctioned by the World Fast Draw Association, and set up by the Thunderbird Fast Draw Club of Langley.

The Aldergrove Fair is proud to be hosting a World’s Championship Fast Draw Event again this year on July 16 and 17.

Fast Draw Celebrity Challenge

A Celebrity Challenge event also takes place each year, featuring such regulars as MLA Mary Polak, Deputy Premier Rich Coleman, MLA Peter Fassbender, MP Mark Warawa and others. Defenders from last year are country entertainer Robyn Gillespie, and Jason Froese of JD Turkey Farms. To witness a one-of-a-kind event, come ride the Trigger Trail with us in July, 2016.

We look forward to meeting you, pardner!

Canadian Fast Draw Championships History

The sport itself began in the U.S. in the ’50’s due to popularity of westerns on TV and movies portraying the image of the ‘gunslinger’, and here has had a rugged history in spite of the fact that Canada has had its own roots in the ‘old west’.

The first Canadian Fast Draw Championships were held in 1968 in New Westminster, B.C., during their ‘Wild Westminster Days’ celebrations, and was hosted by the Thunderbird Fast Draw Club. Burnaby’s Karen Robinson was the first Canadian winner of the Championships. Several Canadian Championship title events have since taken place in such as Paterson Park Raceways, the PNE, and at the Langley Rod and Gun Club.

The Championships then moved to Alberta, where the Benedictson family there hosted them for years. Then it was back to B.C. and, thanks to sponsors like the Township of Langley for the last 8 years, and such donors as Kirkpatrick Leather Company, the NFA, Guns of The Old West, True West and Canadian Firearms Journal magazines, the contest has now been qualified as a World’s Championship Fast Draw Event, sanctioned by the World Fast Draw Association! The defending Champions from 2015 are Aldergrove’s own Nicole Franks, and Brian Colwell of Colorado. Last year brought in the largest amount of entries yet, with the World’s best- and fastest- among them!

More details and photos about the sport and history of Fast Draw can be found at www.thunderbirdfastdraw.com.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

We Need Your Help!

Interested in volunteering to build up your experience or resume, or just like to be involved in our community? The Aldergrove Fair could not run without the support of dozens of talented individuals from across Langley.

Four-hour shifts throughout the weekend.

Free t-shirt and volunteer meal provided.

Volunteer at one of BC’s oldest fairs.

Email our admin assistant your time availability at nguyen.hilt@gmail.com to help out!

 

Aldergrove Fair Vendors 2016

Fibromyalgia Well Spring Foundation

Tupperware Sales Representatives

Jamberry Nails

Rainbow Bee Design

Langley Weavers & Spinners Guild

Paradis Valley Honey Ltd.

Tanya Docksteader, Rita Cousins and Alex Aragon – Real Estate, mortgages & Financial Planning

Beads to Bling

Dajana Oragami Owl Jewelry – kate.fitzner@gmail.com

Aldergrove Skating Club

Langley Environmental Partners Society

Independent Scentsy Consultant

Walker Sales

Emotive the Electrical Experience

Alderbrook Health & Wellness Centre

Epicure

Find your Fit

Barkalicious

Homelife Glenayre Realty

It works Global

The Langley Rivermen