Aldergrove Fair Days 2016, the oldest community fair in the province, enjoyed excellent weather and crowds all weekend.
Thanks to corporate support of Craig Nicholson of Rite Way Freight Systems in Aldergrove and a grant from Langley Township, and generous donations from the thousands of visitors, the fair is soundly in the black and will be back next year even bigger and better.
“We’re on a very good footing financially and already set for next year’s fair,” said Karen Long, president of the Aldergrove Festival Days Society.
Bill Henderson and his classic rock band Chilliwack were a massive draw for the 104th Aldergrove Fair Days on Saturday, pulling in a record 2,000 or more fans. Chilliwack’s concert was a highlight of the event and capped off a busy day of popular attractions that included tribute bands Eruption and OCDC, all sponsored by Rite Way Freight Systems.
The planned carnival midway pulled out at the last minute on Friday, but there were plenty of activities for the younger set such as the bungee trampoline and slide, a Fairy Land and more.
The fun continued on Sunday with a Chili Cook-off, Pet Parade, Blues Bands on the main stage and more. Chili Cook-off contest winners were Wild Thing and Ella Woods.
Elsie Beggs, (in photo below, at centre) was awarded the Hilda Reddick trophy for the outstanding community volunteer in Aldergrove. Beggs has been involved in numerous community activities since the 1960s with her late husband Trevor and now in her 97th year she continues to contribute to the Aldergrove Seniors Network. The presentation was made by local dignitaries at the Aldergrove Fair Days opening ceremonies on Saturday afternoon.
Aldergrove was also treated to Disney royalty at the Fair Days on Saturday, with a song performed by Alyssa Neilsen as Queen Elsa of “Frozen” fame (photo below).
The winner of garden and lawn equipment from Diamond Bar Equipment at the Aldergrove Fair Days was Ray Deneault. The second prize of a hind quarter of beef from Bonetti Meats went to “Jack & Diane.” Third prize of a side of pork from Bonetti Meats went to Jorry Jacobson. Fourth prize of a turkey dinner with all the fixin’s from JD Farms went to Andrew Olmr.