A two-day festival in south Langley escaped raindrops over the weekend.
Even so, a blanket of cloud was the suspected reason why attendance was down from previous years at the annual Country Celebration at Campbell Valley Regional Park.
There were an estimated 3,000 visitors to the fair Saturday and roughly the same number Sunday.
This marked the fifth year that Jeremy Plotkin, who coordinates community events for Metro Vancouver Parks, has organized the celebration.
“I’m still learning the ropes,” he said.
“Everybody that I’ve talked to has really enjoyed themselves, and had a great time,” Plotkin told the Langley Advance Sunday afternoon.
Plotkin called the event, now in its 35th year, “an old time country fair that’s really community based and community driven. We’ve got lots of animals for the kids to see and lots of activities for the kids to do with face-painting, kite making, and Nylon Zoo storytelling.”
Last year included a 20-metre high ferris wheel, but it wasn’t on the park grounds over the weekend.
Plotkin is considering bringing the carnival ride to the celebration every second year, so it doesn’t lose its novelty.
“If we do it every year, it loses the excitement,” he said.
Highlights for Plotkin were talking to all of the exhibitors, vendors, visitors, and entertainers, and “after about nine months of planning, seeing everything come together and seeing lots of smiles on people’s faces.”
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