Pender Island Fall Fair
Location Pender Islands Recreation and Agricultural Hall, Pender Island
Contact Barbara Johnstone
Pender Islands’ first Fall Fair was held in 1932 when the population was about 400; the fair’s budget was $100 with 50 cents as the admission fee for a family. There were over 600 entries that year and prizes included 48 pounds of flour, a side of bacon and a gallon of paint. In 1942 the Fair was discontinued, and operating monies invested in War Savings Certificates. It was revived in 1962 when a renewed interest emerged in returning to the land. Originally sponsored by the Farmers’ Institute and Women’ Institute, recent fairs have also been supported by many Island groups and businesses. The Fair still retains its rural atmosphere and continues to be a good example of the community cooperation and enterprise established by our elders 85 years ago. This year's fair will harken back to the simpler times of 1932, before Pender Island had ferry service, electricity or Magic Lake. A slower, simpler time.