Sooke Fall Fair
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Saturday Sept. 11 and
Sunday Sept. 12, 2004
Sooke Community Hall
Eustace Road, Sooke
Back-to-roots theme at Sooke fair
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
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
"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
"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
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