11 year old farmer Mac is the Aldergrove Fair Days' official photographer.

11 year old farmer Mac is the Aldergrove Fair Days' official photographer.

It’s going to be a garden party at Aldergrove Fair

The Aldergrove Fair celebrates its 104th year with a ‘Garden Party’ on the weekend of July 15-17, 2016.

The Aldergrove Fair celebrates its 104th year with a ‘Garden Party’ on the weekend of July 15-17, 2016.

”The Aldergrove Fair is just around the corner and we are looking forward to the best fair yet”, said Karen Long, president of the fair days society.

This award-winning fair surprises visitors every year with innovative new events and world class features. For 2016, many of the new events focus on the Garden Party theme.

The Garden Party started early with a Guided Garden Tour of six local private gardens on Sunday, June 12, a month before the actual fair.

At the fair itself on July 15-17 there are several new garden-related features. Ever wanted to see several brands of lawnmowers actually cutting side by side? Come to the fair and make a truly informed decision on your next purchase of garden equipment.

You will be amazed at the Display Gardens with practical ideas and advice for gardens of every size.

Also featured will be a crowd favourite from last year – Fairy Gardens. Fairyland features storytelling, fairy wands and knight’s shields and a visit by Queen Elsa on Saturday, following the 10 a.m. parade.

“Although we no longer have West Coast Amusements attending the fair we do have some new games that will be equally entertaining, such as Walk on Water, Laser Tag Battle Cruiser and Euro Bungee,” said Long. “The Remax balloon will offer tethered rides and there will be kids interactive games and fun in Fairyland, the Kidzone, Langley Art’s Council’s tent and the Langley Centennial Museum’s area.”

The Exhibit Hall has set some new challenges in keeping with the theme. This year’s B.C. Fairs Member’s Choice Categories are a hand-painted garden trowel, a mini scarecrow, and a colour photo with the theme of “Farming in B.C.” The items will be judged separately at the Aldergrove Fair and the winners in each category will be judged at the B.C. Fairs Conference in the fall.

This year the fair has two stages, the Mainstage and the Demonstration stage.

Mainstage entertainment starts at 6 p.m. Friday along with the annual Car Show and continues through Saturday evening with a pair of AC/DC and Van Halen tribute bands and a special appearance by headliner, Chilliwack.

On Sunday, following Cowboy Church, some highly talented local musicians will treat fairgoers with an afternoon of blues.

Whether it’s the Parade in downtown Aldergrove at 10 a.m. on Saturday or the World Fast Draw, the Antique Tractor Pull, the 200-foot Zucchini Luge, Chili Cook Off, checking out the many vendors or having a beverage and people watching, there is something for everyone at the 104th Aldergrove Fair, July 15 to 17 at the Kinsmen Centre and Harry Hunt Park.

Farm animals will be provided by Fat Chance Ranch and on Sunday there is the ever popular Pet Parade along with Dog Agility demonstrations and Oodles of Poodles.

Find out all about chickens in the Poultry in Motion display and give Wheel-A-Meal a try — spin the wheel for a chance at a gift card to some amazing Aldergrove restaurants. Every spin is a winner.

Does everyone tell you that you make the best banana bread? Enter your winning recipe in the Banana Bread Challenge and take home a $50 Otter Co-op gift card.

The Exhibit Hall is accepting entries for photography, baking, canned foods, woodwork and lots more. Entries are open to all ages. Judges will award ribbons on Saturday.

Mac Dykeman entered her photo in the Fair exhibit hall last year and won the People’s Choice and has been selected as this year’s Official Fair Photographer — pretty good for an 11 year old.

Fair Days is also looking for teams to enter the Sunday, July 17 Chili Cook Off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  If interested can contact Janice at The Aldergrove Star, 604-856-8303, for contest details.

Lastly, do you know someone who is a volunteer and deserves recognition for the commitment they make to our community? The fair has two very special awards that are presented each year, the Hilda Reddick Community Service Award for adults, and the Bev Gold Youth Award.

If you would like to nominate someone, please send your submission to the email address: info@AldergroveFair.ca

For further information check out the website: www.AldergroveFair.ca or call Karen, 604-418-9507.

See you at the Fair!