All contest categories at Saturday’s Fall Fair in Nelson focus on locally produced and prepared food.

All contest categories at Saturday’s Fall Fair in Nelson focus on locally produced and prepared food.

Nelson Fall Fair returns to Cottonwood Market

With harvest season here again, it is time to get ready for the eighth annual Fall Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

In the 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 music provided by Fist After the Fire and Motes & Oats.

From the early 20th century through 1966, Nelson hosted a big and busy fall fair every year. Long-time 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 EcoSociety 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 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 that Fall Fair rules and categories, visit ecosociety.ca/markets/fall-fair.

There is no entry fee and no limit to the number of categories you 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.