Harvest season brings fall fair

The sixth annual Fall Fair is on Saturday from 10 to 2 p.m. at Cottonwood Community Market at Cottonwood Falls Park in Nelson

With harvest season here again, it is time to get ready for the sixth annual Fall Fair on Saturday from 10 to 2 p.m. at Cottonwood Community Market at Cottonwood Falls Park in Nelson.

In the true spirit of an agricultural fair, there will be a contest for best locally grown fruits and vegetables, home preserves, home baked pies and more. Additionally, there will be live Bluegrass music provided by Steve Garth and Friends.

From the early 20th century through 1966, Nelson hosted a big and busy fall fair every year. Longtime Nelson residents remember the event with fondness and some still have their prize ribbons stashed away in their basements.

After a 40-plus year hiatus, the Eco Society decided to revive the fall fair in 2008. Since the benefits of locally produced food are now commonly understood and since there are so many excellent products grown here in the West Kootenay, it was decided that all the contest categories would focus on locally produced and prepped food. This means that for the home preserves and home baking categories, contestants will be asked to use as many locally produced ingredients as possible and include an ingredient list with each entry.

For specific information on Fall Fair rules and categories please visit ecosociety.ca/markets/fall-fair.

There is no entry fee and no limit to the number of categories an individual can enter. All entries must be dropped off between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Judging will take place late morning and the prizes will be awarded at noon.

Even if you don’t think you’ll be entering anything in the Fall Fair please still come on down to Cottonwood Market and enjoy everything that this wonderful weekly event has to offer.

West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit organization. Through education, outreach, community building, research, and advocacy, the EcoSociety works to protect the natural environment while building a just and sustainable post-carbon world.