Sooke Fall Fair won Community Engagement Award at BC Fairs Conference last weekend, which was held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Victoria (and will be again next year).
Sooke Home Hardware won the best supporting business award at the conference
The following submission was a part of the application process for this award, prepared by Fall Fair President Ellen Lewers.
BC Fairs 2017
Community Engagement Achievement
Sooke Fall Fair
This year the Sooke Fall Fair Committee in addition to the Fair held a Classic Car Show that involved many more community members, within and outside our community, in order to bring about successful events.
For our Car Show and Sooke Fall Fair we involved the following:
- Quality Foods- Langford
- Western Foods-Sooke
- Village Foods-Sooke
- RCU car parts
- 4-M Bobcat
- Planet Organics
- Sooke Harbourside Lions
- Sooke Lions
- Sooke Community Association
- Sooke Food Bank
- Sooke Soccer Club,
- Canadian Blood Services
- Carol Cave Dancers
- Sooke Car Club
- Sooke Music Festival
- 4-H BC
- Local Food Trucks
- Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society
- Jack Brooks Hatchery
- Sherringham Pt. Society
- Sooke Country Market
- T’Souke Nation
- West Shore Quilter’s Guild
- Sooke Quilter’s Guild
- Sea Cadets
- Bahai Church
- Large Property Holdings
- Highbury Assets Management
- District of Sooke
- Kathy’s Corner Café
- Jenny’s Pies
- Sooke Fastball League
- Sooke News Mirror
- Sooke Pocket News
- Sooke Rotary
- Sooke Region Museum
- Dumont Tire
- Butler Bros
- Bob’s Repair Clinic
- Sooke Total Auto Recycling
- A & W
- Drivers welding
- Silver Streak Aluminum Boats
- WestCoast Vintage Steel
- West Shack Automotive
- Tri-City Auto
- Old Style Repair Limited
- Little Vienna Bakery
- Sooke’s West Coast Collision and Glass
- Otter Point Collision
- Sooke Center Auto
- Sunny Shores Resort & Marina
- Rock Auto
- Sooke Midway
- Kal Tire
- Cherry Lane Equinine & Co-Op Ent.
- Defiance Car group
- Vile Car group
- Thrifty Stores
- The Market on Millstream
- Glenwood Meats
- Langford A Battery
- Rock Auto
- Butler Bros.
- Everything Wine Store,
- Sassenos Veteranary Services,
- and the over 75 advertisers in our catalogue and all the many individual and company sponsors for our prizes too numerous to list.
Food Stores supported the Car Show by supplying gift baskets, prizes, and various foods for the breakfast and lunch meals served by the Sooke Lions at the Car show and for food and water for volunteers.
Garages, auto shops, car groups, a local bakery, and Butler Bros. provided sponsorship for trophies and prizes that were given out at the car show.
Sooke Soccer Club, Sooke Food Bank, Sooke Music Festival, Canadian Blood Bank, all benefited as non-profits at the Car show in the Vendor section for their individual causes.
Sherringham Pt. , a non-profit organization, did fundraising and handed out information to preserve the Sherringham Lighthouse in the Juan de Fuca Region at the Fair.
Sooke Quilter’s Guild provided information about the Guild and sold Sooke Fall Fair raffle tickets at the Car Show and Fair. Prizes for the raffle included a of a lovely quilt, donated to the Sooke Fall Fair by the Guild.
Westshore Quilters Guild provided a workshop on quilting and a lovely display of an over 150 year old quilt along with some other articles from Manitoba. They also displayed a game comprised of over 20 quilt blocks depicting things about Canada which formed a lovely Canada 150 display.
Sooke Girls Soccer Club, sold popcorn at the Car show and ran the games at the Fair earning monies for their group. This year the Juan De Fuca Capital Region provided monies for prizes for the games.
The Bahai Church organized some of their youth to come and volunteer in the Youth Section. They were very helpful and had a wonderful time working with our Junior and Youth Section heads.
The Sooke Food Bank, ran a candy floss booth at the Car show and realized a great profit for their organization and also provided a wonderful opportunity for this fun filled , family event.
Rock Auto, an on line store provided gifts for our Car Show swag bags as did, Lordco and Sooke Midway Supplies.
Cherry Lane Equinine, provided their road front access to put our Car show sign and advertise our fair and as well provided substantial prizes for large animal entries and themselves brought a significant amount of animals to enhance the Fair experience.
The Sooke Harbourside Lions provided an excellent concession of breakfast and lunch and fish chowder for the judges that matched our “Something’s Fishy in Sooke” theme.
4H BC Club entertained us with amazing presentations, during their Speak and Show demonstration. Very knowledgable, young folks made a variety of presentations, from an organic weed killer alternative to how to care for your sheep.
Saseenos Veterinary Services, again provided an excellent Pet parade, from judging to organization of the animals – sort of like herding cats! There were animals from, lizards to cats and dogs, to miniature horses, a calf and donkeys. An excellent parade!
The Sooke Country Market was an excellent addition to the Sooke Fall fair as many farmers brought their excellent, organic produce to be sold to fair goers. Their tents and market goods brought a wonderful flair to our Big, Little Fall Fair. Sooke Country Market on one side and the wide variety of animals on the other side, with cows, sheep, miniature horses and donkeys, goats, turkeys, chickens and ducks.
The Local Real Estate company, gave up their parking lot to the Fair as well for handicapped parking and overnight camper parking for our wonderful volunteer, Alison Widmere who watched over the flock and the animals on Saturday night and generally took good care of the animals.
It is wonderful to be able to engage so much of the public in our Local Fair. It truly is a fair engaged with the community and Vice-Versa.
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