Knox United Church is back with its biggest fundraiser of the year, its Fall Fair, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The festivities kick off at 7 a.m., starting with a pancake and sausage breakfast. Muffins, coffee, tea, and juice will also be available.
The fair itself runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature a huge garage sale inside and outside the church. Items for sale will be household, small furniture, collectibles, sporting goods, clothing for adults and children, accessories, books, linens, decorations, crafts items, plants and more.
There will also be a silent auction, a healing ministry featuring mini healing sessions, home baking, farm fresh produce and popcorn.
The event is a kid-friendly affair, featuring a zone for children including a bouncy castle and a basketball hoop for children ages 2-5.
Local entertainment is scheduled all day, starting at 8:30 a.m. The musical lineup includes Eileen and Trevor Wicks doing “singalong” karaoke, the Rainbow Stew Cloggers, The Ramblers, Drum Buds, and PlayPianoBytheSea performances.
Admission is free for the whole family.
Free parking is available at Ballenas Secondary School, with a free shuttle service being offered to Knox. Parking is available on-site as well for those with handicapped parking signs as well as for parents with children in car seats.
Organizers ask that those parking on the street be respectful of parking restrictions. No family pets will be allowed, however service dogs are welcome. Organizers also ask that patrons be environmentally conscious, and bring their own shopping bags. Bottled water will not be available. The church also strives to operate a scent-free facility and appreciates the public’s cooperation.
The fair is Knox United church’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the fair go towards responding to the needs of the local and global community. Some of the programs helped by Knox are Alcoholic Anonymous, the Island Crisis Care Society and Kairos.
The church also donates goods and funds to groups in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area such as Manna Homeless Society, the Salvation Army, Forward House, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Society of Organized Services (SOS).
Donations will be accepted from the community. To arrange for pick up of donations, call 250-752-2787. Donations can also be dropped off directly at the church from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.