Every Labour day weekend Saturday, Sunday and Monday of September the Saanich Fall Fair open from 9 a.m. -10 p.m. and Monday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. is western Canada's oldest continual Agricultural Fair with judging, midway, games and more.
Visit the Saanich Fair in Central Saanich, held every Labour Day weekend and still thriving after 137 years. What started out as 10 pioneer farmers back in 1868 has now grown to amazing proportions. Today, the Saanich Fair has three times more exhibits than the PNE, and more than 5,000 entries in 26 sections. For more information about activities at the Saanich Fair call 652-3314.
Rabbits are the special feature at this weekend’s Hop Along To The 138th Saanich Fair.The venerable celebration of agriculture and family fun at 1528 Stelly’s Cross Rd. in Saanichton is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
Horse shows, dog shows, 4-H activities, and the Farmers’ Market are at the heart of this annual fair that also includes midway rides and lots of good food.
“The fair is a real family-oriented event,” explained Gloria Dol, office manager. “This year we’ll have a costumed Alice lead people through the rabbit hole to our baking section, where there will be lots of samples from bake shops. Also new this year is the Star Lab Planetarium, a new milking parlour built by members of the Saanich Fair Society, a children’s’ ice cream eating contest, and a magician with a live rabbit.
“The children’s play zone from last year has been updated with an agricultural flair, too.”
There is a full schedule of live entertainment at the fair. Virtual Elvis is scheduled to perform Saturday night at 8 p.m. Sunday night’s performances by Bijoux du Bayou and The Trees promise to be exciting too. Skaky Ground bring their classic rock to the fair on Monday afternoon.
There is plenty of free parking at the fair, and the #75 bus stops right beside the fairground entrance.
Displays provided by community florists and horticulturists will be intertwined with livestock and exhibits around the grounds.
An added attraction The Ultimate BMX Stunt Show with exciting thrills three times on both Saturday and Sunday at the west end of the Fair. The Artifacts Society is returning with machinery and gadgets for all ages to enjoy. The midway has two new rides - Carousel and Drop Zone! Continuous stage shows daily. Usual events include livestock both inside and out, horse and dog shows, 4-H displays, judged exhibits, a growing Junior Section, Farmer's Market, Commercial Booths, model boat show, and much more!
Parking is free, but dogs are not allowed on the premises because of the livestock. Gates open at 8. For good parking, get there early!
Every year there is continuous entertainment on the mainstage. There is a great lineup booked already for this year’s Fair. The Saanich Artifacts will be among those special attractions returning to the Fair. You’ll get a close look at the Peninsula’s pioneering history and, with their old-time equipment displays, see how farming was done in days gone by.
For the thrill seekers, there is a full midway. A ride-all-day wristband will be available on Monday for $20. There will be Draft Horse show, dog shows, scarecrow and pumpkin contests, and model boat races, to name a few of the exciting events happening all weekend. You won’t want to miss the Direct Farm Market area, where you can buy fresh veggies and fruit, homemade breads, jams, jellies and ostrich products and much more, all available for sale during the three days of the Fair. Another shopping area is the 60 commercial booths.
Seniors and Youth $8
Free admission for children under 6
9:00 am to 10:00 pm Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday