Fall Fair Coordinators stepping down after 30 years

Rossland Telegraph
By Rossland Telegraph
November 22nd, 2017

On September 9th,  2017, the Rossland Arena was filled with colour and bustle:  a wide variety of vendors, information and educational booths and non-stop live entertainment.  Free face-painting delighted the children and the outdoor Petting Zoo and Fish pond attracted a large crowd.  The Rossland Mountain Market greeted fair-goers outside the entrance to the Fair with an enticing array of fresh produce as well as numerous outdoor market vendors and more entertainment.

The 2017 Aggregate Trophy was presented to Sharon Lussier of Rossland who entered a total of 41 exhibits, winning 35 first place, 4 second place and 1 third place ribbons.  Sharon was also the winner of the “People’s Choice Award” in the photography section.  Marlene Bojechko of Rossland won the door prize.

At a recent volunteer appreciation event, Rossland Fall Fair coordinators, Ursula Stephens and Laurie Karn, reported that this year’s Fall Fair, celebrating the Canada 150 theme, was very successful with over 1200 people in attendance. They would like to thank all of the other volunteers whose time and effort was vital to the success of the fair. Special thanks go out to the Columbia Basin Trust for their contribution through the Community Initiatives Program, as well as the assistance of the RDKB and the City of Rossland.

After each having served on the committee for over 30 years, Stephens and Karn announced that they have decided to step down as the coordinators.  It is not an easy decision to make, as both have been passionate about bringing the community together for this wonderful, old-fashioned event and they have worked hard to continue the tradition each year.  They expressed what a rich and rewarding experience this has been, and pointed out that this could be an opportunity for the Fall Fair to evolve with new people and new ideas.

The Fall Fair committee is looking for one or two volunteers who would like to take over  as the coordinator(s).  Any persons or community groups who are interested in planning and implementing the Fall Fair are asked to email rosslandbc.fallfair@gmail.com for more information.


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