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Save the Fair meeting tonight

Influx of volunteers needed to keep annual exhibition alive for another 75 years
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Paden Sheldon shows his Caterpillar Model 20 at the 2022 North Peace Fall Fair tractor pull.

The North Peace Fall Fair isn’t just a weekend event, it’s a summer event.

And it's taken countless volunteers to keep the annual tradition and farmer's holiday alive for the past 75 years.

But without more helping hands, the fair is at risk of shutting down — fall fair president Bruce Christensen says volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed to keep the fair going strong for another 75 years.

An information session is being held tonight, Thursday, Sept. 22, at the fairgrounds in North Pine. A tour of the grounds starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by a supper and meeting at 6 p.m.

Long-time fair volunteer Cliff Forster answered a similar call in the 1990s when the fair was in jeopardy at that time due to a lack of volunteers.

He later served on the board, was named volunteer of the year in 2004, and continues today to keep the grounds in shape and ready for opening.

“At the time when I decided to volunteer, I had no idea they were short volunteers out here. It had to be brought to my attention,” he said.

“I felt that if all it took was volunteers to keep it going, then I’ll volunteer. If something’s going to be cancelled because there’s no volunteers, it’s time for people to step up.”

The fall fair traces its roots to the 1920s, with the first agricultural fair held in 1929, where the Robert Ogilvie School now stands. 

The fall fair society officially formed in 1947 following the Second World War, and events began to be held regularly in North Pine after Albert Germaine leased 10 acres for use at fair grounds in 1954.

Over the decades the grounds have been expanded and built up with the help of the regional district. The fair remains there today and draws up to 6,000 visitors every year.

Christensen says he received a positive response and interest in volunteering from those who attended this year's fair in August.

"If everybody follows through we should be able to go for another 75 years," he said.

For more info, call Christensen at 250-262-9521, or email npff.secretary@gmail.com.


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