An annual event in Campbell Valley Regional Park is celebrating 35 years of putting the country in Country Celebration.
This weekend, Sept. 14 and 15, the event will be back with animals, cow milking demonstrations, face painting, and more.
"It celebrates the history of the area," said Jeremy Plotkin, who coordinates community events for Metro Vancouver Parks. "It's got a real kind of community feel." For some, the animals will be the big draw.
While it isn't a petting zoo, people will be able to see horses and miniature horses, cattle, llamas and alpacas, ducks, rabbits, and cavies. Cavies are South American rodents related to guinea pigs, and resembling long-legged rabbits.
There will also be hawks and falcons on display, and farrier will be demonstrating how to shoe horses.
A handful of the activities will require a fee for materials, including painting and firing raku pottery, but almost everything is free.
That includes face painting, a big pile of hay for kids to play in, stilt walking and hula hooping opportunities, and kite making.
The music and entertainment on the main stage, which includes country dancing and two main bands for the weekend, Blackberry Wood and High Society.
The stage itself is special - or rather, its power supply is.
The stage will be powered by a mixture of wind and solar power, along with four stationary bikes hooked up to a power generator.
There will also be a free cellphone charging station hooked up to another bike, and available to anyone who wants to pedal to power their phone.
There will be circus performers and stilt walkers wandering the crowd, 12 food trucks gathered to feed everyone, and a host of vendors.
All the vendors are local and make their own items, said Plotkin. A lot of effort goes into making sure they aren't just giving space to people importing mass produced goods.
Alongside the local crafters will be a dozen community organizations promoting their work, including local environmental and stream keeping groups, equestrians, and the Fraser Valley Regional Library.
Plotkin said one of the reasons the fair has been able to keep going for so long is that it has a huge contingent of volunteers who keep it running every year. There are about 50 people setting up and operating the event this year.
That also keeps costs down. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for seven to 12 year olds, and free for anyone under six, over 65, or wearing a pioneer costume.
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