By Kevin Nimmock
Come one, come all. It is almost time for the fair.
The second annual Windermere District Farmers Institute (WDFI) Summer Fair is set to return to the Agri Park on July 26th for a day packed with family fun
We wanted to have an event that demonstrates the good will of the farmers and showcases agriculture, WDFI project co-ordinator Hedi Trescher said.
The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring information and demonstrations from WDFI members about what is produced on a daily basis by the Columbia Valleys agricultural farmers.
We are going to show what agriculture does, while using our fairgrounds to entertain people, Mrs. Trescher said.
Local not-for-profit organizations, gardeners, food producers, artists and craftsmen have all been invited to set up booths at the fair. There are 40 confirmed, including the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council, Invermere Public Library and Groundswell Network Society.
Horseback riders from across the valley will also get the chance to strut their stuff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants from Brisco Riding Club and Stoddart Creek Stables will showcase a variety of disciplines, including western dressage and parelli.
In between the riding demonstrations, young fairgoers will be able to go for thrilling pony rides around the fairgrounds.
The fair should give older attendees fond memories of ones that used to be held on the very same grounds between the 1950s and 1970s. Mrs. Trescher said the style will be similar, emphasizing a community atmosphere and a focus on celebrating what is being done here in the valley.
After the fair, the next big step for WDFI will be finalizing plans for their new abattoir, which is the culmination of years of planning and fundraising.
The abattoir will cost around $850,000, forcing the WDFI to reach out to many local and provincial agencies. Mrs. Trescher said she expects to make a final announcement on the status of the abattoir in October.
In the meantime, the Summer Fair will be a cannot-miss weekend attraction on Sunday, July 26th. For more information, check out www.wdfi.ca.