It has been 165 years since the first Beaverton Fall Fair and the annual event returns once again in less than two weeks.
On Sept. 14 and 15, the Beaverton Agricultural Society presents the 165th annual Beaverton Fall Fair, with the theme of “Homegrown, Handmade and Farm Fresh”.
The fairgrounds open at noon on the Friday, launching the eagerly anticipated event. Throughout the two days, attendees can expect live music, food, vendors and an alpaca display and spinning demonstrations. The petting zoo runs for the duration of the fair on both days.
On the first day, the parade is expected to start at 12:15 p.m. before arriving at the fairgrounds at 12:45 p.m. in time for the opening ceremonies. Balloons with a Twist can be found in the curling club from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., while Farmers in the Making (in the arena) and the Interschool Tug of War (on the grounds) start at 1:15 p.m., followed by the 1:30 p.m. Beaverton 4-H Dairy Calf Show in the arena.
The Harold Lodwick Memorial Cross Country Run starts on the grounds at 1:45 p.m., just 15 minutes before the Fun Zone opens (continuing until 8 p.m.).
Amazing Max starts in the Curling Club at 2 p.m., followed by an arena performance at 4 p.m.. Dog shows start in the Curling Club at 6 p.m. before the Family Movie Night starts at 7 p.m. upstairs in the arena.
Also at 7 p.m., for families or individuals not interested in the movie, Demo Cross, Durham West 4-H Championship Show, and the opening of the beer garden, which closes at 11 p.m.
Day two of the fair starts bright at early at 9 a.m. with the opening of the petting zoo, followed by the 9:30 a.m. start of Junior Gymkhana and the 10 a.m. opening of the Fun Zone, which runs until 8 p.m..
The Car Show also opens at 10 a.m. on the Saturday, as does Balloons with a Twist in the Curling Club and Arena.
Kate Mark will offer a Farrier Demonstration at the grandstands from 11:30 a.m. until noon, when the Durham West 4-H Beef Show starts in the arena and the Line Dancers perform in the Curling Club.
The Heavy Horse Demonstration runs from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the grandstands, while the Line Dancers perform again at 1:15 p.m. in the arena.
At 1:30 p.m. the Open Horse Show starts in the horse ring while the Baby Show starts at 2 p.m. in the Curling Club. Amazing Max can be found in the arena at 2:30 p.m. before appearing in the Curling Club at 4 p.m., at which point Beaverton Has Talent takes place in the arena.
The second night of the fair includes an all-ages dance upstairs in the arena, as well as the 7 p.m. opening of the beer garden and the Power Wheels, Demolition Derby at the grandstands.
Advance Weekend Packages, available at Davis Hardware during regular work hours until Sept. 8, cost $18 while admission for adults and children over the age of four costs $10. Preschoolers get in for free. Parking across the road from the fairgrounds costs $2.
For more information about the fair, visit www.beavertonfallfair.ca