The weather was fine and there was lots to see and do at the Williams Lake Harvest Fair over the weekend.
There were wonderfully colourful exhibits of flowers, garden produce, canning, baking, photographs, a major quilt exhibit, crafts and arts for all ages, wine, small and large animal exhibits.
There was musical entertainment all weekend, craft activities for children, a ring of commercial vendors featuring demonstrations on activities such as weaving and cake decoration, a Little Britches Rodeo, provincial bull riding finals, dog agility classes, a gymkhana, horse-drawn wagon rides and so much more.
Attendance and entries in the Curling Rink exhibit hall were both up by 20 per cent over last year, says fair president Tammy Tugnum.
More than 200 people entered items in the Curling Rink exhibit hall, and that doesn’t include all those who brought in animal exhibits in the other venues and special events such as dog agility, Little Britches Rodeo, provincial bull riding finals, and gymkhana.
Tugnum says there was a record number of entries in the children’s section this year and 120 quilts in the quilt show, which is also phenomenal.
She says cut flower entries were down a bit this year which is likely due to the major hail storm that hit the city a week or so before the fair.
She says there were lots of new entertainers and vendors, and the children’s wild horse race at the bull riding intermission was a huge hit.
The craft activities supplied by Success By Six and Wise Owl Toys were also a big hit with children.
“We are really pleased,” Tugnum says.
The grand aggregate winner this year was Mary Telfer, who also took high-point wins in the potted plants and canning sections and has been a hard-working fall fair committee member all year and during the fair, Tugnum says.
High point winners (totals of combined entries and wins) in the various categories were as follows:
Cut flowers: Cheryl Procter.
Floral art: Patti Wyborn.
Potted plants: Mary Telfer.
Vegetables: Gwen Phillips.
Canning: Mary Telfer.
Baking: Darline Pauselius.
Needlework: Darline Pauselius.
Quilting: Shirley Pascas.
Knitting/Crochet: Darline Pauselius.
Seniors: Darline Pauselius.
Arts and crafts: Darlene Rogers.
Pre-junior children: Payton Destree.
Junior Children: Madigan Riplinger.
Intermediate children: Laine Grace.
Wine: Sid Breckenridge.
Photography adult: Krista Clarke.
Photography youth: Laine Grace.