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It's Fall Fair time Sunday

Round up your rabbits, corral your chickens and get your goats. Bring on your baking, harvest your best vegetables and don't forget your flowers. Yes, it's time for the Tlell Fall Fair, even if it does feel like summer hasn't yet arrived.There's still time to get your exhibits ready for fair day this Sunday (Aug. 5). Entries need to be at the fairgrounds between 3 pm and 6 pm on Saturday, except the challenges and animal entries, which should be brought to the fair Sunday morning between 8 am and 10 am. Check out the catalogs for exhibit categories - they're available at Isabel Creek, Home Hardware, Gas Plus and on the internet.Fall fair president Doug Louis asks that anyone bringing large livestock like pigs, llamas or emus - which he would welcome - just give him a quick call at 559-8975 so he can get an area ready for them.This year's fair will be the 25th Tlell fall fair, and Mr. Louis said it will be a great one. There will be at least eight food booths to feed the hungry fair-goers and top-notch entertainment, including children's entertainer Norm Foote and country music star Damian Marshall, who is coming to the islands straight from Grizfest in Tumbler Ridge and will be signing autographs after his show.Unfortunately the new stage isn't ready yet but Mr. Louis said the fair volunteers are setting up the old stage in a new location, with its back to the highway and facing the river. They're also making some changes to which exhibits are in which hall, with the little hall now reserved for the youth, children and young-at-heart entries.Also new this year is a scavenger hunt based on agricultural awareness. The hunt starts at 12:30 and goes on all afternoon (you can start any time), with great prizes to be awarded at the end of the day, Mr. Louis said.Admission to the fair is still only $5 for anyone 13 and over, and free for 12 and under, a price that hasn't changed for many years. There's some great gate prizes too, including a trip for two to Vancouver with two nights stay at the Chateau Granville, a trip for one to Prince Rupert on North Pacific Seaplanes and two nights at the Coast Prince Rupert, and gift certificates from local businesses.Mr. Louis encourages all islanders to enter something in the fair, and said it will be especially interesting to see what the garden exhibits look like this year. Some people say their plants are a month behind due to the cold, wet weather, but others say the weather hasn't affected their gardens at all, he said. Several people have already sent in their entry forms, he said, and so far there seems to be an unusually high number of flower entries.The gates open at 10 am Sunday. See you at the fair!

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