The Knox Fall Fair is back this year on Sept. 16 with its huge garage sale, entertainment, silent auction and more. Here, a pair of shoppers score a rocking “horse” carved as a motorcycle in the silent auction from the 2015 fair. — File

Knox’s big fall fair back for 13th time

Parksville church’s largest fundraiser of the year features food, items for sale, and entertainment

Knox United Church’s biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up on Sept. 16, with everything from pancakes and sausages to clothing, collectibles and sporting goods available, and even some live music and dancing to entertain the masses.

The Knox 13th Annual Fall Fair will include a huge garage sale inside and outside the church, a silent auction, a breakfast and lunch concession, entertainment by local groups and more.

The event has had more than 100 volunteers take part in the planning phases to get the fair ready for Saturday, Sept. 16, according to a Knox press release.

Every available space is being used.

Organizers expect thousands to attend the event, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Parksville A.M. will be running the breakfast and lunch concession booth this year, with pancakes, sausages, juice and fair-trade coffee available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., hamburgers, hot dogs and vegetarian chili will be for sale for lunch.

The Outdoor Shortcake Booth will also be serving muffins and blueberry shortcake for breakfast and lunch.

As for the garage sale, friends, neighbours and families have been gathering and donating items for months.

The sale will include items such as small furniture, sports equipment, women’s clothing, jewelery, books, kid’s clothing, toys, Christmas decorations, crafts and much more.

There will also be a silent auction, a plant sale, fresh produce, home-baking and more.

There will also be several performers from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Knox Retro Ringers handbell choir will start the day, with the Rainbow Stew Cloggers, The Ramblers band, The Scottish Country Dancers and other groups also taking part.

A kid zone will offer a bouncy castle, a craft corner and other activities.

Admission to the fair is free, and there will be free shuttle service from Ballenas Secondary School.

Free on-site parking will be available for those with handicapped parking signs and parents with children requiring car seats.

Those who park on the street are asked to be considerate of neighbours.

All the funds raised at the fair go to help Knox provide low cost or free rental of the church facility to community groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Rainbows, as well as providing programs like the Care Home Worship Service, Grief Support Group.

The funds also help Knox support groups like First United Church (Vancouver), Manna Homeless Society, the Salvation Army and SOS.

Garage sale donations are still welcome. For pick-ups, call 250-752-2787.

For more information about the fair, contact the church office at 250-248-3927, email office@kucparksville.ca or go to kucparksville.ca.

— The NEWS, submitted by Beth Brown