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Salt Spring Fall Fair
 
   

A long standing tradition on Salt Spring, the Fall Fair is an event that everyone looks forward to. Often described as a "real" country fair, the event holds up well to this description. Equestrians show their prowess on horseback, 4H members groom and proudly exhibit their charges, while sheep dogs demonstrate their finely honed skills. A row of food stands, a beer garden, a small midway with games and rides along with an outdoor stage for the areas musicians round out the offerings. Of course what would a country fair be without some produce and baked goods vying for a judges attention and hoping for a best in category ribbon. All this makes up what a country fair should be but something soon strikes you as you stroll through the barns and outbuildings looking at the locally crafted work... the amazing quality. This is one of the things that makes this island fair stand out, the exceptional design and craftsmanship of the artwork.

 
 

Exquisite pottery, finely woven tapestry, delicately turned wood with twisted multi-coloured grain, intricate and unique basketry, with all manner of shapes and purposes. A country fair married to fine art, a strange combination, that non the less works.

The second thing that stands out about the fair is the sense of community that shines through from everyone involved, from the proud volunteer,s which dedicate such a great amount of their time and work to ensure the fairs' success, to the islanders who wouldn't miss the fair for anything. This is evident from the time you reach the island, where people enthusiastically give you directions, along with an unsolicited list of what you just can't miss. This festive pride almost overflows as you board the shuttle bus and the whole crowd spontaneously starts singing along to the current tune on the buses sound system.

The Fair is held each year in September, so make a point of setting aside the day to enjoy yourself. Oh, and don't forget to line up early (because they just might sell out) for a slice of heaven, baked by one of the Salt Spring pie ladies.

 
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Salt Spring Island Fall Fair
 
 

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Getting Here

Salt Spring Island is accessible only by water or air. Regular scheduled ferry service is available from Swartz Bay (Victoria) or Crofton (Duncan) on Vancouver Island as well as from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) on the lower mainland of British Columbia. A short hop in a small plane will also take you to the island from Victoria, Vancouver or even Seattle. Many people access the area (particularly in the summer) by private boat as well. Victoria can be accessed from Washington State via regularly scheduled ferry service.

 
 

From any of the ferry terminals head into Ganges (the islands centre) and follow the main road through the village, Lower Ganges Road. Watch for the signal light at Rainbow Road and take a right. Park (if you can) when you reach the very crowded area surrounding the Farmers Institute. Better still find a parking spot as close to the centre of Ganges as you can and take one of the Bio-diesel fueled shuttle buses from in front of the Visitors Centre.

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