Creative Current – Music and laughs at the Fall Fair

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column of arts, music and entertainment in the area.

Coming soon..the Ashcroft Fall Fair…udderly amoozing

The Ashcroft & District Fall Fair signals the end of the summer harvest and is an opportunity for not only agriculturists to showcase the many products they have grown over the spring and summer, but it is also an occasion for families and friends to get together and celebrate their good fortune of the past few months while enjoying exhibitions and fun-filled activities. Everyone loves a fair. Sample a variety of food on the grounds, catch some of the live entertainment, visit with the animals on display or take a stroll through the various exhibits and entries. There is something for everyone.

This year’s volunteer-run Ashcroft Fall Fair will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 10 am – 5 pm at Drylands Arena. It will be the culmination of a year of planning and coordinating by the fair’s many organizers.

The theme for this year’s Fair is “Dairy – udderly amoozing”. With this theme in mind, you can still be thinking about food products or other items that you produce, or crafts that you can create for the Fair. The Fall Fair booklet can be viewed online ( to find out about the hundreds of submission categories this year.

The entertainment line up at the Fair (Sunday, Sept. 14) promises to be something for everyone. The Fair Stage runs from 10:30 am to 4 pm. Acts throughout the day include; Joe Charron Trio, Kamloops Old time Fiddlers and Filetta Fish.

This year’s Ashcroft Fall Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever, packed with all the frolic and merriment you would expect from a hometown event. Organizers encourage you to support your town in some good, old-fashioned fun.

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Ashcroft Plein Air Paint-out Sept 16-18

Between Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 18, many artists from around the region will come together to paint in Ashcroft’s natural beauty.

Once again Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society is delighted to host the Annual Ashcroft Plein Air Paint-out.”En plein air,” is French for “in open air” a type of art style used to describe the act of painting outdoors. The Society looks forward to welcoming those from near and far to celebrate the beauty of what is often described as a “stunning and unique landscape” where inspiring views and vistas abound. Artists of all levels of experience are welcome. Once again, the focus will be on gathering like minds to enjoy the sheer pleasure of painting. There will be plenty of opportunities to paint as well as gatherings for meals and conversation.

In keeping with Ashcroft’s community brand “Wellness Awaits You’, the Organizers believe creative expression is also a part of a healthy lifestyle. They are trying something a little different this year by holding the event in the Fall, as opposed to Spring. The thought was to allow artists the opportunity to view the Autumn colours and hues unique to our landscape. September weather is, we hope, a little more inviting as well!

They hope to once again attract artists of all levels of experience (that includes beginners) as our goal is always to simply share in the pleasure of painting! We are known for our wonderful vistas but also our hospitality, and they look forward to welcoming all artists to the 3rd Annual Paint-out.

After two full days of glorious painting, all Painters, Organizers and any curious Community members are most welcome to attend a Celebration of event for ‘Artists Choice’ at St Albans Hall on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be a Display and Sale of the freshly painted works.

Come and join in the fun – incomparable scenery, gracious hospitality and fellow artists await you! There is still time to register or for more info please visit or email or to register email

If you would like more information on this event or wish to register you can email them at call at 250-453-0073 or visit the website

Nadine Davenport