Tlell Fall Fair prepping for Aug. 2 kickoff-rain or shine

  • Jul. 17, 2015 11:00 a.m.

By Stacey MarpleHaida Gwaii ObserverGrown Locally, Rain or Shine, is the theme of the 33rd Annual Tlell Fall Fair, set to begin Aug. 2 … rain or shine. Children’s entertainers,The Kerplunks, who have performed at the fair before are back by popular demand, while the remainder of the entertainment will all be conducted by local bands and performers. “[The Kerplunks] were enjoyable for the whole family,” Linda Louis, the entry secretary for the Fall Fair said. “That and the fact the members of the band are very interested in our local agriculture here on Haida Gwaii.” said. Organizers say vendor spots are filling up fast, so anyone wanting to take part must apply soon. Applications are available on the Tlell Fall Fair website, as is a link for food vendors to Northern Health’s Temporary Food Permit application, which food vendors must obtain. “I usually have to call vendors to remind them to have their food permits,” Ms. Louis said. The fair is a member of the British Columbia Association of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions, (BCAAFE) and therefore maintains strict provincial standards at the fair. All judging of exhibits follow the guidelines set down by the BCAAFE and anyone is welcome to exhibit their Livestock, Poultry, Garden Produce, Flowers, House Plants, Handicrafts, Baking and much more. The last day for submissions for the exhibitions is August 1. Forms for submissions can be filled out online and dropped off, emailed or faxed to Linda Louis beforehand to avoid the lengthy line-up at the fair itself. Tlell Fall Fair is put on by dedicated volunteers to inform locals and visitors about the Agriculture and Aquaculture of  Haida Gwaii as well to encourage people to grow and enjoy their own produce and where possible their own livestock. There is always a need for volunteers for the event “Volunteers are very important, this is a volunteer driven fair,” Ms. Louis said. Anyone who wishes to volunteer is welcome to call Linda Louis at 250-559-8975.

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