The Grand Forks and District Fall Fair is gearing up for another year and will take place between Friday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 9 at Grand Forks’ curling rink and Dick Bartlett Park.
The three-day event begins on Friday at 4 p.m. with ATV demonstrations, pony rides and a bounce castle for children, along with live entertainment and an appearance from Raptors Ridge’s Birds of Prey.
“There will be lots of music, lots of kids’ events, such as the watermelon eating contest and a hula hoop contest, and the main feature is the chuckwagon races,” said Les Braden, president of the Grand Forks and District Fall Fair Association.
Mini-chuckwagon races are returning for a second year, with the addition of “Chickwagon” races for the ladies, starting on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m., and continuing each evening during the fair, at Dick Bartlett Park.
New events to this year’s fair include the 4-H achievement awards and the crowning of a mini queen and king open for children four to eight years old.
Deadline for entries is this Thursday before noon. There will be displays from local vendors and artisans selling items from handcrafted jewelry to delicious cultural foods.
Braden pointed out that this year, there would be a lot of different things that they haven’t seen before and as well, there would be a larger Show & Shine from the local car club.
Live performances from local bands include Carson Hwy, Isabel Anderson & the Blues Band, and Undercover.
“There will be bikes given away each day, we have a computer as well and some awesome prizes,” noted Braden. “People should come out and participate and win something.”
The award ceremonies will conclude the fall fair at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, though there will still be live music and entertainment until 4 p.m.