By James Rose

Special to the Pioneer

On Saturday October 24th there is an exciting new event taking place in Canal Flats that will be fun for the whole family. The first annual Fall Fair and Artisan Market will take place from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Canal Flats Community Centre and is being sponsored by the municipal Community Pride and Celebrations Committee.

Karen Flowers, one of eight event organizers, said the impetus for putting on the inaugural event was in the spirit of doing things for the community, and to give a reason for people to come out and have a good time. There will be twenty-two vendors at the market showcasing a wide variety of artisan oriented products and crafts. Visitors can expect to see plenty of arts, crafts, and delectable baking. Entrance to the event is two dollars, with chile and hot dogs served from the community centre kitchen.

Throughout the day, there will also be a number of games and activities taking place that will offer something for everybody. A scavenger hunt will take place that will have participants searching throughout Canal Flats with a $50 prize awarded at 4 p.m. A bike raffle featuring bikes donated by Calgary based BP Cycle will also take place. The winner of the draw can choose between a BMX and a Dirt Jumper. For the scarecrow contest, people are encouraged to make a one-of-a-kind scarecrow and bring it to display at the community centre. Cash prizes range from $25 to $75 for this event. Pie lovers can rejoice as well with a pie contest that will be taking place throughout the day. There will also be an adult only obstacle course, house decorating contest and best carved pumpkin contest. Plenty of contests! With winter fast approaching, what better way to celebrate the unique fall flavours, colours, and artisans so prevalent throughout Canal Flats and the Columbia Valley than to attend this first annual fair.

There really hasnt been anything like this before in Canal Flats commented Flowers.

For more information, be sure to look for the fairs advertisement in next weeks Pioneer.