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Sooke Harbour: Sooke Fall Fair

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Saturday Sept. 11 and Sunday Sept. 12, 2004
Sooke Community Hall
Eustace Road, Sooke
Telephone: 250-642-3473

Back-to-roots theme at Sooke fair

By Robin Wark
Sooke News Mirror
September 01, 2004

Each summer Candace Linde teaches her children a variety of "life" skills. In the fall they show off what they learn at the Sooke Fall Fair.
Over the past couple summers, Linde's lessons have included canning, weaving and spinning.

"I teach them how to do that and they just run with it. ... Our cupboards are now full for the winter," the mother said.

After the Fall Fair, which will be held Sept. 11-12, her children also usually have some cash and maybe a trophy to show for their efforts. Last year Robert, now 12, had the best canned fruit in the junior section of the fair, while Sarah's successes included best pickle or relish, most points in fibre art, most points in sewing, best sewn article and outstanding entry in fibre art.

Sarah, 10, said it's nice to win and earn some money. However, she enjoys the skills her mother teaches her for other reasons.

"You don't get a lot of stress," she said of weaving, which she started doing about two years ago.

Lately her mother has been teaching her spinning.

"It doesn't matter what child comes into our home, they gravitate to the spinning wheel and they always get it spinning," Candace said.

The Linde children's interest in the Fall Fair has benefited more than just themselves - especially when it comes to kitchen skills.

"When relatives come, they get to taste test everything," Candace said.

Sarah will have the opportunity at the fair to exhibit the weaving skills she has acquired. This year the organizers of the junior section have arranged for demonstrations to be put on by young participants. Among the skills slated to be demonstrated are sketching, origami and jewellery making.

"We have so many creative kids here," said Lynda Slater, who coordinates the junior section along with Trish Branson and Janice Coles. "I think the kids should show off what they can do."

The demonstrations are also a way of trying to get other young people involved, Slater said. Organizers are always striving to make the fair more inclusive for the juniors.

"It is their fair," Slater said. "I really want to give it to them."

Children under five can enter the fair in pre-junior categories, while the junior section is for ages six to 14. The categories for the juniors run the gamut from Lego creations to produce to pies.

"We have a huge variety," Slater said.
There are also plenty of categories for adults to enter as well. Catalogues, featuring a blue cover, for the fair can be picked up at various businesses in the Sooke area.

Slater is looking for more junior participants to show off their skills at the fair. Any interested junior competitors can call her at 642-4638. Also, the Sooke Fall Fair needs adult volunteers for a variety of tasks. Anyone interested can also call Slater.

The Fall Fair was established in 1913. The event is sponsored by the Sooke Community Association, is held annually at the Sooke Community Hall and the Legion Auditorium.

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