Fall fair gets a blue ribbon

THE REVITALIZED Skeena Valley Fall Fair went off without a hitch to the delight of organizers.

SUNSHINE SEPT. 8 brought out a large crowd for the revived Skeena Valley Fall Fair in Thornhill.

THE REVITALIZED Skeena Valley Fall Fair went off without a hitch to the delight of organizers.

And the weather didn’t dampen visitors’ spirits either; more than 100 people showed up despite the pouring rain Sept. 9, the second day of the fair, says fair committee member Jennifer Lewis.

“Super fantastic, super just super,” said Lewis, adding the two days were “unbelievably attended.”

There’s no final word on the number of people who attended as the gate keepers had to abandon counting on Sept. 8, the first day, and just let people in because there was so many people coming through, she said.

“There was so many that they were parked all the way down to the Chevron [gas station] on both sides of the road. It was insane how many people were there,” said Lewis, adding that was “beyond our wildest expectations.

The beekeeping demonstrations saw a crowd four people deep watching and listening to a talk about honey, said Lewis.

Beekeeper Rudi Peters said he registered 20 people who want the provincial government to hold a beekeeping course here, she said.

The dates were perfect according to feedback.

People were happy the dates were changed from the September long weekend to the weekend afterward, said Lewis.

Free pancake breakfasts both days drew people out early.

The first day, 400 breakfasts were serviced in two hours.

People were still being served until 11:20 when the food ran out, Lewis added.

“For us that was great,” she said.

Organizers are inviting the public and vendors to provide comments via email about how things went.

“The people with their feet on the ground, those are the ones that know, we were not everywhere at all times,” she said.

Organizers would love to talk to people who have worked on the fall fairs in the past for their expertise, she said.

Comments can be emailed to svff2012@gmail.com.

Fall fair results can be found on by going to www.terracestandard.com, clicking on the community news section and then clicking on “2012 fall fair results.”