The 141st annual Saanich Fair will get off to a grand start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 30th, with a spectacular horse show. The fair is held every Labour Day weekend and is western Canada’s oldest continual agricultural fair. In addition to horse shows, there are dog shows, 4-H activities, and the Farmers’ Market are at the heart of this annual fair that also includes midway rides and lots of good food.
There will be a Draft Horse show, dog shows, scarecrow and pumpkin contests, and model boat races, to name a few of the exciting events happening all weekend. You won’t want to miss the Direct Farm Market area, where you can buy fresh veggies and fruit, homemade breads, jams, jellies and ostrich products and much more, all available for sale during the three days of the Fair. Another shopping area is the 60 commercial booths.
Tickets to the fair are $8, $5 for seniors and youth seven to 13 years old, and children under six free on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, tickets are $7, $4 for seniors and youth, and children under six free. All-day wrist bands for the midway rides are $25 on Saturday and Sunday, $20 on Monday.
There is plenty of free parking at the fair, and the #75 bus stops right beside the fairground entrance. The fairgrounds are located at 1528 Stelly’s Cross Road in Saanichton, about 20 minutes north of Victoria on Highway 17.