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Fall Fair returns to Hudson's Hope

Fair organizers pivot for a larger 2023 event
Kiki, the Eco Elf
Kids entertainer Kiki the Eco Elf performs at the Hudson's Hope Fall Fair, Aug. 27, 2022

After being shelved by the pandemic, Hudson’s Hope’s fall fair returned Aug. 27.

Except for a 30-minute rain delay over the lunch hour, it was a dry affair with almost all of the activities taking place away from shelter.

“We had a couple of really good fairs up here in 2018 and 2019,” said committee president Caitlin Vince, describing the first two years the event was moved back to the community’s rodeo grounds.

“Before 2018, we were inside the hockey arena. The farmer’s market you see here was outside, but it didn’t have that agricultural feel that fall fairs usually do.”

“People love the agricultural aspect of it. We’re able to have a petting zoo here,” explained Vince.

“We can’t do that down at the hockey arena. The logger sports, we would have to clean up any sawdust. It’s perfectly fine in the (rodeo) arena. It’s just a different feel up here, for sure.”

“I grew up in Hudson’s Hope. We always had the fall fair and rodeo up here,” added Vince.

“In ’18 and ’19, we had the horsemanship exhibition show up here. It would have been nice to have it back but post-Covid, post-everything, it was hard to get it organized.”

However, Vince agreed, it’s not an entirely a bad thing to be on a smaller scale the first year back.

“We have our annual general meeting in October. We want everyone who’s excited about today to join and make it an even bigger and better fall fair.”

She concedes most of their volunteers actually commit the day of the event.

Now in its 28th year, Vince is hoping to see the fair return to a full weekend celebration – a small rodeo or gymkhana, two of the ideas she hopes are considered.

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