Mini-Fest family fun in Aldergrove, Saturday

The annual soap box derby returns to the Aldergrove Fair Days Mini-Fest this Saturday in downtown Aldergrove. - Submitted photo
The annual soap box derby returns to the Aldergrove Fair Days Mini-Fest this Saturday in downtown Aldergrove.
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A unique day of family fun is coming to downtown Aldergrove. The Aldergrove Festival Days Society and the Aldergrove Merchants are putting on a family friendly Mini-Fest in the heart of Aldergrove between 10 a.m. and  4:00 p.m. this Saturday, June 9.

Live music, soap box derby, and a return of last year’s surprise hit the “Crazy Wheel Cup” will be just some of the events that will take place in the block between 271 and 272 Streets, immediately north of Fraser Highway.

Aldergrove Festival Days president Robin McIntosh is looking forward to bringing fun, families and community together into the business district of Aldergrove.

"We feel that hosting the event in the downtown core on a Saturday benefits everyone. The location is easy to find, businesses are open, and families can be assured of a great day of celebration and fun.

"We have brought together a fantastic venue of events and entertainment that will generate a festive atmosphere in a safe environment," said McIntosh.

Aldergrove Festival Days is calling for volunteers to help ensure the block party's success as they build toward Aldergrove Fair Days, which are coming to Aldergrove on July 20-22. McIntosh encourages people to check out their website at and get involved.

Aldergrove Festival Days Society meets every Wednesday at Coghlan Hall from 7-9 p.m., from now until the end of July.

For event details or to help out on the day of the event, call Annette at 604-626-4505 or Robin at 604-539-0149. You can also contact them via email at


“Now is the time to enter!” according to Fair Days chairman Robin McIntosh.

Younger children – the soap box derby is for you. (OK, it’s for dads too). Just put together a soapbox racer by following the rules found on — basically it requires four wheels, steering and brakes.

Organizer Kenny Gemarkis reports that the Aldergrove Soap Box Derby is well known for being the safest, gentlest hill and so is ideal for novices and the very young. He asks anyone with any questions to call him at 778-772-7417.

For older children and adults, the objective is to travel down the hill in style, with lots of points for the imagination, and little concern for anything else.

Last year Suzanne Robinson received lots of encouragement for her armchair mounted on a pallet jack – and many wanted to try it out. Last year’s winner, Grant Bennet, produced a racer made from four bike wheels and lots of paint and cardboard.

Organizer Mike Robinson encourages Aldergrovians to get creative and come to the race hill with their creation on Saturday at about 11:30 a.m. Got an old lawnmower, refrigerator or kids' trolley? Well, this is your chance to see what you can dream up. Remember, lots of points for style, not many for speed. (Any questions, call Mike Robinson at 604-351-1175).

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