Local entertainment also a highlight of the event
Whether you regularly visit St Mark’s Fair or are a first time visitor to Qualicum Beach, you will find an especially warm welcome at the 41st annual St. Mark’s Fair on Saturday, July 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Some of that warmth will come from the people, but some of it will be generated by the small fleet of electric vehicles that will shuttle shoppers to and from parking areas around the community.
The Town of Qualicum Beach is coordinating the free shuttle transportation and four electric vehicles will run from Ravensong to the Fern and Memorial lot to Veterans Way. A free shuttle will run between the Kwalikum Secondary School lot and the fair site all through the day.
Over 140 vendors will offer goods ranging from handmade soap, to hand-knitted sweaters. Skilled hands have created the pottery, wood turning, jewelry and other crafts throughout the fair grounds.
The Holy Rollers have promised 250 pies this year and early shoppers will get their choice of apple, berry, rhubarb or pecan. However, people should know there’s a limit of two. Choice goods and unique gifts at great prices will also to be found at the White Elephant stall.
Saintly Temptations, the 40th anniversary cookbook compiled by St. Mark’s bakers is available for only $10 in the Country Market, along with locally made Christmas puddings, chutneys, jams and jellies.
Local entertainment continues to be a highlight at the event and musicians, dancers and variety acts will be featured throughout the day.
Meanwhile, the Curling Club will be serving up great food and a beverage garden will be available on the Legion grounds, located near the Information desk. Activities in the children’s area include music and games, face painting and environmental experiences.
Community partners this year include the Qualicum Beach Curling Club and, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76. Proceeds from the fair raised by St. Mark’s stay in the area and help to support local programs for seniors and youth.
— Submitted by St. Mark’s