The End of Summer & Local Fairs

Sieffert's Farm Market

The end of summer is near which means it's time for local fairs and a celebration of the harvest.

When I was a kid our family went to the Armstrong Fair. I loved the agricultural and farming exhibits. I sought out the traditional homemaking displays like canning, preserves, and prized pies, along with the gardening and horticultural exhibits.

These days I'm looking forward to the Comox Valley Exhibition. It takes place at the end of August and is celebrating 147 years of agriculture. Fairs have been a long tradition in the Comox Valley with the first Comox Valley Fall Fair held back in the 1890s.

With mountains as a backdrop, Cumberland Village makes an idyllic, storybook setting for a classic street fair - the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair - in September. In the past, the event had a Cumberland Pie of the Year contest and an old fashioned apple press on the street. I'm willing to bet this year will be as lively with local vendors, arts, crafts and kids' activities. For more family fun and community celebrations in September, there is also the Black Creek Fall Fair which includes craft and food vendors, a kids' carnival and live entertainment.

Expect a harvest moon on September 20th to light up our gardens and pumpkin patches. Sieffert's Farm Market has an awesome pumpkin patch with enormous orange pumpkins and giant yellow sunflowers. The pumpkin patch is a treat to see every year at the end of the summer after a visit to their fantastic produce market.

Though I love the summer, I admit I'm glad we're nearing the end of this one as it has been a tough one for B.C. I'll gladly look ahead to the joys of fall. Celebrating the harvest at local fairs is a great start.

Thanks for reading!

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