Trixie the Clown entertains fairgoers at the Ashcroft and District Fall Fair. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Ashcroft and District Fall Fair an a-MOO-zing success

From artwork to zucchinis (not to mention sheep), this year’s fair had something for everyone.

The Ashcroft and District Fall Fair has come and gone for another year, with just shy of 700 people at Drylands Arena on September 9 to enjoy the displays, entertainment, an a-MOO-zing race, vendors’ booths, zucchini races, and much more.

There were 400 items on display from more than 50 people, ranging from fruits and vegetables to photography, needlecraft, artwork, and baking. A 50/50 draw prize was announced at the close of the fair, the Ashcroft and District Lions Club and Rotary Club of Ashcroft-Cache Creek were on hand with concessions, and Tom Moe of Rolling Thunder Sound and Audio was there all day to provide music.

Attendees were greeted by some very special guests: five sheep who were there with their owners from the 4-H Club, who hoped to attract some new members. Fair organizer Kat Chatten says they were “the fluffiest, cutest, softest sheep. Hopefully this is a successful start to getting more fuzzy and feathered creatures involved in our yearly event.”

Chatten says that the Kamloops Old Time Fiddlers were a popular show. “As their club had just hosted a provincial competition the day before, we’re grateful they came out to perform for us! Medievents attended with an awesome display and set-up. I’ve wielded a sword, and quite enjoyed the potential of destruction.”

Trixie the Clown and Mr. Brown Knows did three separate performances, and Chatten says the session with squeaker and kazoos was definitely a crowd-pleaser. “I wielded a squeaker; not quite the same as a sword.”

Chatten says they had “amazing” volunteers to help with registration, judging, and set up/tear down of the event. “The biggest thank you to everyone who helped. Those hard-working people are the reason we have a Fall Fair.

“A huge shout-out to the Desert Mesa Lions Club for tackling this event. An excellent job was done by the members! And we have incredible sponsors to thank as well: the Village of Ashcroft, Teck Highland Valley Copper, the Red Cross, Rolling Thunder Sound and Audio, the Ashcroft and District Lions Club, Kal Tire in Cache Creek, and Flying Dirt Acres.”

Everyone who attended the fair is invited to fill out a short survey. Hard copies were available at the fair, but the survey can also be found online on the fair’s Facebook page (Ashcroft & District Fall Fair) or at

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