Gabriel Sorenson, 3, hugs one of the goats at the petting zoo at the Skeena Valley Fall Fair on Saturday, Sept. 8. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Skeena Valley Fall Fair returns to Thornhill

Volunteers needed to expand fair next year

The leaves may not have changed colour yet, but the fall season was in full swing for crowds at the 48th annual Skeena Valley Fall Fair this year.

Locals flocked to the Thornhill Community Grounds on Sept. 8 for a day full of events, including a petting zoo, car show, booths and several contests. This year’s theme was ‘sow it, grow it and show it’, highlighting the local produce showcased inside the Thornhill Community Centre during the exhibition.

The rain didn’t stop crowds from gathering for the Totem Saddle Club fall fair shows, 4-H barn and exhibits, or check out the zucchini race at the tennis courts and while throwing in their guesses for this year’s goat drop results, a farmer’s version of a 50-50 draw.

The decision to cut back on some events was because a lot of the volunteers were out of town, according to volunteer Diana Wood. While the fair’s core group of eight has the event planned “down to a science,” they need more people to help out with next year if they want to expand.

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“We’re trying to make it for next year to have a two day fair and possibly a talent contest on the Friday night. It will be on the long weekend if we’re going to do a two or three day fair, so we’d be kind of competing with Smithers,” she said.

Currently, the organizing is done by “very few people” for the one day fair. And what they need is some new, fresh ideas, Wood said.

“The more people that we have involved on the committee level, the easier it’s going to be to make a decision on what to have for next year.”

The first monthly meeting is scheduled for this October. If you want more information, contact Diana Wood at 250-615-8582.

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Ellis Leblond, 4, climbs over the barn stalls in to get a better look at the goats in the petting zoo at the Skeena Valley Fall Fair on Saturday, Sept. 8. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Danielle Weary, 10, and her friend Olivia Potter-Pratt, 5, feed the barn’s cow at the petting zoo on Saturday. (Brittany Gervais photo)

After being fed by kids all afternoon, this goat was well prepared for this year’s goat drop, a 50-50 competition that hinges on where the goat drops a patty in the field. Organizers then map out the location and the winner who best guesses the spot wins the pot. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Lucian Tait, 4, runs for cover during a nerf-gun battle at the 48th annual Skeena Fall Fair. Kids ducked, dived and aimed at their opponents on the Thornhill Community Grounds during the rainy afternoon. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Sisters May Cadden and Leona Muchowski check out the green swiss chard at the exhibition during the Skeena Valley Fall Fair, where farmers, crafters and artists showed off their prizes creations throughout the day. (Brittany Gervais photo)

There were a lot of gigantic zucchini submissions for judges to choose from this year. (Brittany Gervais photo)

The hot summer made for a good season to grow sunflowers. This submission won first place in the competition. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Local woodcarver Joerg Jung did live-carving demonstrations at the Thornhill Community Grounds all afternoon for the fall fair. (Brittany Gervais photo)

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