By Jen Peddlesden Red Ribbon Coordinator
Although the Chestermere Country Fair is the longest running event in the Chestermere community, some of you may not know what opportunities abound to become involved in this stellar event. First, you can mark the date and be a participant and spectator on September 7th and 8th 2012 at the Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre. Friday night watch the accredited judges pore over the many pies, cakes, buns, cookies, jams and jellies, wines and beer. Believe it or not, they taste EVERY one! Scrutinize this and other judging from the curling rink lounge at “View From the Top Wine and Cheese Tasting” 7-9pm. Adults only this evening! Early Saturday morning come back with the family for the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast feast starting at 9am. If you sleep in, pancakes are still available until 11am. At 10am the fun really begins with the curling rink exhibit hall open to find out who won the most ribbons ( and money!). Those kids who did not enter will be sorry! First prize gets $3, 2nd prize $2 and third prize $1 in ALL kid categories–plus other cash prizes for selected entries. And the adults who don’t enter will miss out on the chance for cash prizes and one of FIVE new trophies donated by local citizens for Baking, Jams Jellies Preserves, Pickles Sauces Eggs and Honey, Handicrafts, and Photography. Kid Zone is on all day with twelve different activities including wagon rides, Beer Garden with entertainment from 11am, Slo Pitch Tourney (September 7th, 8th and 9th) and the Market Place to spend that prize money–if you enter! At 2:30 pm pull out your cheque book to buy a pie in aid of STARS when pies made by celebrities and locals, baked on site, will be auctioned by Graham Auctions ( with surprise guest auctioneer.)
The Country Fair event booklets are now in locations all around town, stop in and pick one up at the CRCA office, or the Chestermere Public Library. Booklets will soon be dropped at all schools in this area. Check out what you can enter! Colouring pages are now available for all Preschool and Kindergarten kids–pick one up and get practicing for a big prize on September 8th.
Now that you have marked the calendar your participation is one way for the whole family to be part of the historic Chestermere Country Fair. With all these interesting events there is also an opportunity to participate behind the scenes –one hour or many hours–whatever you can give makes a difference. If you would like to help in a general way with the Chestermere Country Fair contact Vicki at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would like to volunteer with the Red Ribbon Competition contact Carol at email@example.com.