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Town hopes for 'sunny' Fair Days

A small but dedicated group of volunteers turned on Sunday morning for the Aldergrove downtown clean-up. The community spruce-up has prepared the town for the Aldergrove Fair Days weekend of family activities, July 22-24. - HARRY HUNT PHOTO
A small but dedicated group of volunteers turned on Sunday morning for the Aldergrove downtown clean-up. The community spruce-up has prepared the town for the Aldergrove Fair Days weekend of family activities, July 22-24.
— image credit: HARRY HUNT PHOTO

Aldergrove Fair Days is coming to town this weekend with a full schedule of events for families, and all that is needed is some glorious sunny weather from Mother Nature.

The Environment Canada forecast is not promising, with 30 to 40 percent chance of showers on Saturday and Sunday, although the temperatures will be warmer than forecast for mid-week.

However, the planning has been going on for months at the Aldergrove Festival Days committee meetings and they have prepared much to do and see over the three days. And there will be a number of shelters provided for fairgoers to escape either showers or sun.

"It's safe to say we have an amazing schedule of events that has been designed to entertain, educate and thrill family members of all ages," said president Robin McIntosh. "Each year we add a few events and our attendance has steadily risen so that last year we welcomed 7,000 visitors."

It begins on Friday evening with the Aldy Show and Shine Classic Car event at the high school parking lot, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The annual downtown parade is set for 10 a.m. and the opening ceremonies are at 12:45 p.m. at the fairgrounds mainstage. There will be music and entertainment all day long, along with the celebrity lawnmower race and chili cookoff, with the glo-works winding the day down at 7 to 9 p.m.

This year Aldergrove Fair Days will focus on July 24 as a Family Day that is designed to incorporate a wonderful medley of yesteryear and modern-day activities.

Start the day from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with a hearty pancake breakfast that is free for everyone, courtesy of Krause Berry Farms. There will be clowns, a ventriloquist and Cowboy Church to get things rolling.

At 11 a.m. the games begin. There will be old fashioned contests such as potato sack and 3-legged races and tugs of war, while bringing in a few new "sports" such as leafblower soccer and lawnmower races for the "older" kids and texting for the modern youth. Sunday is also the day of championships for the Antique Tractor Pull, Canadian Fast Draw, and Farmhand Challenge.

For the literary minded, the world famous author of the “Footprints” poem, Margaret Fishback Powers, will be available to sign her latest book, Footprints for Mothers and Daughters.

"Our goal for Sunday is simple," said McIntosh. "Let's put together a Family Fun Day that does exactly what it says, provide fun for the family all day long. The best part is that these are just a few of the events that are happening on this exciting day.

To see a list of all events for Friday, Saturday and Sunday visit the website at www.aldergrovefairdays.com or see the special section inside this issue of The Star.

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