News File Photo This freaky carrot won first place in the “Best Freak Vegetable” category at the Lighthouse County Fall Fair in Qualicum Bay. This year’s fair will run on Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

News File Photo This freaky carrot won first place in the “Best Freak Vegetable” category at the Lighthouse County Fall Fair in Qualicum Bay. This year’s fair will run on Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

45th Lighthouse County Fall Fair is back

Last year the fair saw more than 1000 people attend

CARLI BERRY

This year’s 45th annual Lighthouse County Fall Fair has a slick, 70s theme. On Sept. 5, kids and adults can join in for a day of activities, music and contests.

Last year had over 1000 people, Lynette Twigge, president of the Bow Horne Bay Community Club, said.

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be a variety of exhibits on display, free events for children, food, music with the fall fair’s three stages, and more.

At 10 a.m. the fair will start off with “a pet parade and bike parade with Zox of the Forest leading the participants throughout the hall and the crowd before their judging,” Twigge said.

Each year the fire departments from Deep Bay and Bow Horn Bay have a tug of war. “I think Deep Bay won last year,” Twigge said with a laugh. The fire trucks will be on display with the tug of war at 2:30 p.m..

“It’s all about the kids having lots of fun,” Twigge said.

Last year the fair had between 40 to 50 vendors, she said and this year will have over 40.

To sign up for contests one must enter on the Friday beforehand (Sept. 4) between 1-4 p.m. to be able to participate in the contests.

Judges will be presenting awards the following day. Categories include: fruits and vegetables, floral, needlecraft, photography, and arts and crafts with special contests giving out $25 cash prizes.

There are multiple categories for children and adults alike.

This year local artist Terri Bowen will be teaching painting on canvas for children, Twigge said.

The second annual frozen t-shirt contest will be happening this year as well, Twigge said, “you will need to try to put a frozen t-shirt on the fastest.”

This year Port Alberni star Lauren Spencer-Smith, the 11-year-old who sang with Keith Urban at Sunfest, will be performing, Twigge said, along with many other local musicians.

Winners of this year’s 50/50 draw will find a seven-day Holland American Cruise, Twigge said.

The fair is on Sept. 5 and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lighthouse Community Hall in Qualicum Bay. Entry into the fair is $5 and children 12 and younger get in free.