With the end of the summer at hand, it’s nice to know that there are still a few events where the whole family can get outdoors, take in some tasty treats and celebrate the richness of the Pemberton area.
The 10th annual Pemberton Country Fair, which is hosted by the Pemberton Women’s Institute, will be taking place at the Pemberton and District Museum and Archives Society (PDMAS) on Sunday (Sept. 8) between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Showcasing produce from the Spud Valley, and with plenty of family friendly entertainment, the four-hour extravaganza should have something for everyone.
George Henry, president of the PDMAS, has seen the event grow by leaps and bounds over the last decade, and he’s excited to help host the community fair once again.
Henry looks forward to the fair as a great stand-alone event, but also as an opportunity to display the museum grounds and showcase the rich local history.
“I think the fair is great and we put the facilities up for the stage and music and everything else,” Henry said.“We look forward to the many visitors that we have and we are also selling raffle tickets and a lot of people come to see what the museum is doing, and it’s great for our attendance. It’s a good thing.”
Originally taking place in the now burnt down Pemberton High School before it officially became the country fair, the event has been rooted on the museum property for all of its existence.
Henry sees the location of the museum as being beneficial to a fun, family-based atmosphere.
“The museum is close to town and it has lots of parking so it was a logical choice,” Henry added.
“It’s a good thing. They can get upwards of 800 of 900 people during the day and that’s a considerable amount.”
Linda Welsh, president of the Pemberton Womens Institute (PWI), is looking forward to the many facets of the fair and hopes that the communities of Whistler and Pemberton are ready to have a good time.
In the midst of scrambling to fill a few last minute holes, Welsh hopes that they can secure some form of musical talent.
“This is our 10th annual event; we don’t have it down to a science - and we are still hoping to get some music going because we have a full PA system,” Welsh said.
“We now have a sound system but we have lots of things - we have music, kids activities, baking, vegetables – there are crafts, knitted goods, concessions and glitter tattoos and lots of good things and there’s something for everyone.”
Teaming with many local businesses and benefactors, The Pemberton Library will be one of many contributors providing children’s entertainment.
The fair will also feature some of the best locally farmed ingredients the Spud Valley has to offer.
“There will be all kinds of local produce,” Welsh said. “There will be corn and carrots and beets and squash and lots of other things. You won’t want to miss it.”
As a no-admission event, the 10th annual fair promises to be a lively one.
Welsh and the rest of the PWI see the multi-tiered event as something that has grown and adapted with the ages.
“It used to be the fall fair, but with any fall fair, there are specific rules so it became the country fair after a while. We really just hope that it shows off the heart of the valley, and what the people are all about, and that it showcases the museum grounds and provides a fun day for families.”
Welsh has been happy to partner with the museum, and has seen the relationship between them and other local organizations as very fruitful. “We were organizing the whole thing, completely, and then the library and the museum stepped in to help us,” she said.
For more information, please visit www.pembertonmuseum.org/events.