The title of Corn King was passed from Holger Schwichtenberg (right) to Nathan Hertgers from Cordine Farms on Cameron Road.

Another year in the books for Agassiz fall fair

Corn harvest timing to blame for slightly lower attendance

There was sunshine, good laughs and of course, plenty of corn, at the 109th Agassiz Fall Fair.

Fair president Victoria Brookes said attendance was down a little bit this year, by about four per cent from last year’s high turnout. But true to the essence of the fair, the reason is most likely due to corn — or rather, the need to harvest it.

“It was just the way the weather went this year,” she said. “The corn was being harvested earlier this year.”

That would have kept at least a few families and workers busy in the fields and away from the festivities that traditionally celebrate the harvest season. But those who managed to make their way enjoyed the annual rituals, from the parade to crowning of Corn King.

That honour was passed from last year’s royalty, Holger Schwichtenberg, to Nathan Hertgers from Cordine Farms on Cameron Road.

Runners up were Gord Peterson in second place and Kelmar Farms in third place.

Brookes said it was a tight race, with just half a point between the top three.

New additions to the fair included a pie-eating contest.

With the pies being baked and served up by the talented Kim Duncan, the pies were a hit and so was the contest, Brookes said. In total, Duncan baked 50 pies and most of them were consumed in the contest. Others were given as prizes. The BC Blueberry Council donated the berries — the theme of this year’s fair.