This year’s theme for the annual Sooke Fall Fair is “Sooke Fall Fair – Year of the Salmon – Something’s Fishy in Sooke.”
However, there’s nothing fishy about this: BC Premier John Horgan will be at the official event opening on September 9 starting at 12:30 pm.
The Sooke Fall Fair is a long-standing community event, first held in 1913 and still going strong. This year, as mentioned above, celebrates the long fishing history of the area.
“This year the Sooke Fall Fair would like to celebrate Sooke as the Fishing Capital, where local fishermen, either sports or commercial compete with their smoked salmon recipes, baked salmon, salmon barbecues and more,” writes SFF President Ellen Lewers in her President’s Message. “The Sooke Community Association did the majority of their fundraising to build the Community Hall and to purchase lands for sports fields by having salmon barbecues and their famous oyster chowders sales. Our history is ingrained with our ocean and we, at the Sooke Fall Fair welcome the community to help us celebrate our heritage in this the 150th year of the Confederation of Upper and Lower Canada.”
The Fair is held yearly usually on the second weekend of September. This year, it is on September 9 and 10. The Fair is held at the Sooke Community Hall, Shields Road across from Mom’s Cafe. Some exhibits are also across the street at the Sooke branch of the Canadian Legion.
The hours of the Fair are as follows:
- Saturday Sept. 9 11–6 pm
- Sunday Sept. 10 9–5 pm
The full program schedule is posted at the bottom of this article.
NOTE: There are some important changes to the item drop off and late entry processes, which are as follows:
- Non-Perishable Items – Late entries and items can be dropped off on Thursday, Sepember 7, between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
- Perishable Items – Late entries and items can be dropped off on Friday, September 8 between 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.
Perishable items include all classes relating to Produce, Growing Things, Flowers, Flower Arranging, Kitchencraft and Jr Kitchencraft; excepting Canning classes.
Drop-offs are at the Sooke Community Hall, located at 2037 Shields Rd.