Dal Richards swinging his way to Aldergrove Fair

Dal Richards and his fabulous orchestra are coming to Aldergrove for the very first time, July 21 at Aldergrove Fair Days

Dal Richards

Dal Richards

The Aldergrove Fair Days committee is excited to announce that they have found their headliner for the fair’s 100th anniversary celebration.

Robin McIntosh, president of Aldergrove Festival Days Society, says that “the legendary Dal Richards and his fabulous orchestra are coming to Aldergrove for the very first time!”

A muscial icon, Dal Richards continues to swing and is one of the busiest musicians in Vancouver, leading his orchestra of talented musicians in a blend of unique sounds that capture the best of the big band era, along with jazz, rock and pop standards from the 1930s to today.

Approaching his 80th year in the music business, Dal is not one to sit back and bask in the memory of magical days gone by… instead he’s looking ahead to the next gig which McIntosh confirms, “will be at the Aldergrove Fair Days on July 21, a Saturday evening from 6:30 to 8:30. We are ecstatic to have such a high calibre show perform in what is sure to be a great evening of entertainment for all fair goers. So bring your dancing shoes, your happy feet, or just a comfortable pair of loafers and relax beneath a canopy of early evening stars.”

You can also enjoy free admission to the fair and other benefits by offering to volunteer for a four-hour shift at the fair. Volunteer coordinator Mary Power has already rounded up two dozen helpers but could use two dozen more.

“We are very flexible about the jobs you could choose to do,” says Power. “Volunteers get free meal tickets and a T-shirt, free admission to the fair where they can hang out and have fun, plus we have a wind-up barbecue for the volunteers after the fair closes.”

Volunteers can help with set-up and tear-down, as cashiers and at the information booth, or supervise events such as the Family Day on the Sunday, the KidZone or Farmyard Challenge.

Organizations can also volunteer as a group, such as sports teams, 4H clubs or dance troupes and they will be recognized at the fair with their names on a placard. Prospective volunteers can call Mary Power at 604-607-7781 or email aldergrovevolunteers@gmail.com

“Why not make a day of it or a weekend?” McIntosh says. “Every day is unique and admission is by a “reasonable” donation which opens the door to a day full of rooting tooting cowboys, cows and chickens galore, daredevil tricks on the Euro Bugee ride, Re/Max hot air balloon rides, staggering remote control car stunts and the first 500 guests on Sunday will enjoy from the Sunday morning pancake breakfast.”

To see a list of all events and time, visit the Fair’s website at www.aldergrovefairdays.com

Mark it on your calendar: July 20-22. See you at the Fair!