Labour Day weekend at Lighthouse fair

Lighthouse country will be filled with bubbles, giant hamster balls, bouncy buildings and music this Saturday for the 42nd annual fair.

Giant hamster balls are back this year at the 2012 Lighthouse Country Fall Fair on Saturday

Giant hamster balls are back this year at the 2012 Lighthouse Country Fall Fair on Saturday

Lighthouse country will be filled with pets, bubbles, giant hamster balls, bouncy buildings, and music this Saturday, among a slew of handmade items as the 42 annual Lighthouse Fair approaches.

Children enter free and will see no end to the fun with a petting zoo, pet and bike parade, pony rides and old fashion games like potato sack and egg-on-spoon races. There will be a chalk wall for kids to get artsy, a bubble pond, daisy the cow, hamster ball races, and kids can even play some music with local musician Gerry Barnum.

“He’s got a whole bag of tricks where he’s teaching kids how to play music on-site, it’s a great thing he’s doing there,” said president of the Bow-Horne-Bay Community Club, Sheena McCorquodale.

For parents there’s the Old English Car Club, an open-air market, information booths and returning to the fair after a long break, the nail driving competition.

The focus of the fair this year is on water, which McCorquodale said is our most precious resource, and luckily is excellent in Lighthouse Country.

“We’re flaunting Bow-Horne-Bay water because it’s excellent, it’s non-chlorinated and it tastes wonderful.”

There will be live entertainment throughout the day with Gerry Barnum, an African drumming group, a ukulele group, an excellent young fiddler, an up-and-coming vocalist, and “local legend” Peter Mason, McCorquodale said.

There will be $7,000 worth of silent auction items, 50-50 tickets and other draws.

And then there’s the backbone of the fair, the Fall Fair entries. McCorquodale encourages anyone who makes anything, even if they are not a resident of Lighthouse Country, to come and submit it in the fair Friday, Aug. 31 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Look online for an exhibit guide.

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Adults pay $5 for entry. For more information call 250-757-9991 or visit www.communityclub.ca.