The first in-person Aldergrove Fair since the pandemic will be bigger and better, running longer and spread out throughout the community.
Fair president Robin McIntosh revealed plans to hold events for a full week, from July 11 to 17, beginning with community events throughout Aldergrove and Langley from Monday to Thursday, which will serve as a lead up to the main fair, which will take place from Friday to Sunday at the Aldergrove Athletic Park, for the first time in three years.
“We’ve already got Thursday nailed,” McIntosh told the Langley Advance Times.
“We’re adding in some wonderful twists,” he added, promising more will be revealed as the date draws closer.
Aldergrove Fair week represents a return to an in-person event after two years of the pandemic that saw one fair operate as a virtual event and another configured as a drive-up.
“Two years of reflection,” is how McIntosh viewed it.
“To think, ‘how can we make it better?’”
Interest has been high from prospective participants and sponsors, McIntosh reported.
“Calls have been flooding in – people are eager.”
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It’s theme this year is “Past and Future: We’re All Connected.”
“It’s a bit of a play on learning from our past so we can plan to build a better future once we realize we are all connected,” McIntosh said.
This year’s event will mark the fair’s 110th birthday.
As always, admission is by donation, “as we want everyone to be able to enjoy our summer festival.”
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Traditional favourites, like the fast draw demonstrations, antique tractor pull, main stage music, and a Kidz Zone will be returning.
Among the new additions, three local breweries, Locality, Trading Post and Farm Country Brewing, will be on tap.
And, next to the main stage for music, dancing and other acts, there will be a second stage with a 10’x16’ LED video wall inside the Township of Langley’s Spirit Stage.
“We have a great team of businesses, sponsors and organizations to support this unique event of world class fun but also a strong set of volunteers and board of directors to make it happen,” McIntosh said.
“It takes a year of planning and work behind the scenes to make this event but it’s all worth it, and we are thrilled to be back.”
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