Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

City Hall News

A Fair Review

A look back at one of the most successful fairs yet

Submitted by Desmond Devnich, Voice photo


Cathy Oss, President and VP Desmond Devnich (above) from the Chilliwack and District Agriculture Society gave City Hall an overview of the event Tuesday.


s everyone knows, the Chilliwack & District Agricultural Society was incorporated in 1873 and the organization has continuously produced the Fair on an annual basis ever since. This makes the Chilliwack Fair the second-oldest in British Columbia.


The poultry show continues to be the largest in the lower mainland with over 200 chickens, ducks and geese. Open Horse was hosted by the Chilliwack Riding Club and miniature horses entered a wide variety of classes including conformation, showmanship, driving, roadster and jumping.

And of course, who can forget the always popular BCRA rodeo? Hosted by the Chilliwack Rodeo Association, the BCRA rodeo provides two hours of great entertainment every day.

We also celebrated the anniversary of 100 years of 4-H in British Columbia. 195 youth from 19 4-H clubs took part in the 2014 Fair. The 4-H members always have informative and well-kept displays of animals and projects, and we are so grateful to the Chilliwack District 4-H Senior Council for working with us for the past 100 years.

The 2014 gate revenue shows an increase of 10% over 2013 and has set a new record. We estimate an attendance of 35,000 people. So, how do we make it all happen?

The City of Chilliwack provides financial assistance, as well as the use of Heritage Park and janitorial services. We also receive a community access grant from the provincial government, and a Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage grant from the Government of Canada.

We also benefit from the support of numerous local businesses who step up in support of the promotion of local heritage and culture. And itís because of our volunteers that we are successful. The Chilliwack Fair is on by the people of Chilliwack for the people of Chilliwack to benefit Chilliwack.

It is our policy to hire people, businesses, and organizations from within our community whenever possible so that the people of Chilliwack will benefit. And this is just a short list of the many organizations we partner with to present the Fair. Itís family fun, with an emphasis on local culture, local heritage, and local agriculture.

On behalf of the Chilliwack & District Agricultural Society, I want to express our sincere appreciation to the City of Chilliwack for their support of one of the highlights of the summer in Chilliwack.

Thank you Your Worship and Councillor Attrill for visiting us on Opening Night. And a special thanks to the many City staff who work with us throughout the year Ė from Operations to Recreation & Culture to the CAPE Committee. Thank you for helping us present A Blue Ribbon Affair, Celebrating 142 Years of Excellence at the Chilliwack Fair.



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