The fall fair is always the biggest annual event in our town. You can feel the buzz here in the weeks leading up as the exhibitors arrive and the rides start to go up! We’ve been going to the fair every year since I was small. Of course we had to take Bea to her first fall fair (and get her first cowgirl hat)!
When I was little, the main draw of the fair was the midway. We loved seeing which rides we were tall enough to go on each year. After I left high school, the main draw was the rodeo. Our fall fair is the last stop on the pro rodeo circuit, so it’s usually quite a good show. Now that we’re a little older, the exhibits are my favourite. My hubby and I love checking out our friends’ entries.
The hay from my aunt’s farm took third prize this year in the “quality hay” class. My friend Robyn also did well with her dill pickles taking the top prize in the class!
Kyle and I failed completed by forgetting the entry deadline (#newbornlife). Usually we enter our grapes (which my dad planted years ago) and our Italian plums from the backyard. Kyle won first prize with the grapes last year! Despite entering something every year since I was a child, I’ve never won a single class. Maybe next year lol 😉
One day I will enter some flowers. The floral classes have some pretty stiff competition…some of the competitors win lots of classes each year. I’m honestly a bit nervous to enter anything in the floral classes! Again…maybe next year 😉
This year I was pretty focussed on the food. I always look forward to the “haystacks” that are made by a local church. They’re like a taco salad, with nacho chips on the bottom topped with baked beans, tomatoes, pickles, jalapeños, sour cream, et cetera. I’ve tried to re-create it at home and it’s not quite the same.
Our family always has so much fun hanging out together at the fall fair. My mom, my aunts, and I always end up at the alpaca booth buying way to many woolen items. My dad used to judge the youth talent competition but now he heads to the rodeo with us most nights.
We also have lots of big family dinners and hangouts during the fair. This year we had a lovely salmon meal with some fish that my brother and his girlfriend caught off the coast. We also had a homemade poutine night and a Sip & See for Bea. It was a busy Labour Day weekend!
Of course we did have to get Bea’s first cowgirl hat. It is pretty much the cutest newborn hat ever. We got it a bit big so that it will fit next year too.
The cowboy at the hat booth blocked it from a blank hat into a cowboy hat right in the booth which was very cool to see! I ordered my cowboy hat online (it’s a Smithbilt…I was totally copying Duchess Kate), so it was fun to see a cowboy hat blocked by hand in person.
Now we had better start thinking about what to enter in the fall fair next year! Grapes? Plums? Flowers? Photos? What do you enter in your local fall fair?
Thank you to Jane Thomson for the family photos and midway photos in this post 🙂 Check her out on Instagram!