Lighthouse fall fair expands for 2014
The mornings are getting cooler and the leaves are contemplating their decent, what better time for a fall fair in Lighthouse Country.
It’s the 44th annual Lighthouse Country Fall Fair in Qualicum Bay Saturday, Aug. 30 and this year there will be top-notch music and even more activities than last year for the young ones.
Brodie Dawson will be playing at one of two stages at the fair this year. She took Vocalist of the Year at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards and she recently played the main stage at Duncan’s Sunfest, where she warmed up with super stars like George Canyon and Jake Owen.
Well-loved local musician Gerry Barnum will be playing his soulful originals with some slide guitar and harmonica, The Jagsters will entertain with its distinctive R&B style featuring Pete Swan and Jamie Morgan and Bruce and Judy Wing, who won the 2014 VIMA Roots Song of the Year, will also perform. Joanna Finch will be performing along with BlackCatz, Peter Mason and the Ton of Fun Gang, Hayley Williams, the Dusty Hand Reggae Band, Peter Pringle and more. The stage located indoors will also have activities.
The children will enjoy the usual pony rides, petting zoo and bouncy castles, but there are also some new games like a frozen T-shirt contest, an obstacle course, zorba balls and more. The Pet Parade will take place at 10:15 a.m. and it will be led by the popular Daisy the Cow and Farmer Vicky. The British Car Club will certainly be attracting people to that corner of the fair, while others may be interested in watching local carver Oscar Moria show what can be done with a cedar log.
There are some wonderful raffle prizes this year including WestJet tickets for two anywhere the airline travels.
“A representative from WestJest will be there to draw it,” said Pat McLean, president of the Bow Horne Bay Community Club which is hosting the fair. “ I don’t think we’ll be able to top that one,” she laughed.
Other prizes include two nights at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria with high tea, tickets to Victoria’s Butchart Gardens and even a guitar which comes with a lesson. Buy your tickets at the fair and the draw will be done around 2:45 at the main stage outside.
The Indoor Artisan Hall will feature 18 local artists selling everything from skincare to artisan bread to paintings. Bardo the Owl will be on-site for a visit from the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, and there will be a dog agility show while model airplanes fly overhead.
And then there’s the exhibits. Check out the baking, the best freak vegetables, needlecraft, photography and much more. People can bring their entries on Aug. 29 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to the Lighthouse Community Hall.
The fair takes place Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and entry is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.
For more information visit www.communityclub.ca.