Learn about farming at historic fair

Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival has something for everyone

Cotton candy, the carnival and copious amounts of corn on the cob. There are a few of

our favourite things, and they’ll all be a part of this year’s Agassiz Fall Fair.

This will be the 107th Fall Fair and 63rd Corn Festival, reminding us all that there is a long agricultural history in this area.

So, in between all the rides, entertainment and delicious food, take some of your weekend to learn a little about the local farming community.

For example, the crowning of Corn King is not just about the crown. This is an honour handed out each year, and it’s one based on science and thorough judging by a panel of professionals. The past list of Corn Kings is virtually a list of local corn royalty.

Then there are the farmers of the future — the kids in 4H. These kids have what it takes, and taking the time to talk to them during the fair could be the the highlight five minutes of your trip to the fair. In addition to learning something new about farm animals, your support will be helping the kids boost their own scrapbooks, and help them earn awards and even scholarships.

But when you’re ready to get back out and enjoy the festivities, here are a few highlights of the 107th Agassiz Fall Fair and 63rd Corn Festival.

Gates open at 4 p.m. today, along with the agricultural hall and midway. The beer gardens open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m.

Blendurz will perform on the outdoor stage at 6 p.m.

New this year is a continental breakfast instead of the pancake breakfast. That runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and is offered for free.

The parade makes its way through town at 10 a.m., and O’ Canada will be sung at 11 a.m. at the fairgrounds.

The goat milking contest gets underway at 3 p.m. on the outdoor stage, and will feature dignitaries from the area.

Entertainment runs all day on stage, including Darryl Weyman’s tribute to Johnny Cash and local singer/songwriter Adam Briscoe.

Admission to the fair is $2 on Friday night, $8 on Saturday. Children pay $3 and children under age five get in free.

There is free parking, or take advantage of the free shuttle.