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Abbotsford Agrifair
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A Writer's "Haydays"

The sping-summer of 2013 and 2015 were exciting times for me as Staff Writer for the Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Hay was definitely in abundance, but were these my heydays? Yes, I had writing success, but I’m counting on many more writing opportunities to come!

From interviewing entertainers, quizzing event managers and writing news articles and press releases to attending events and photographing the action, I got involved in the nitty-gritty of fair and rodeo life. It was fun. It was memorable. It was “the best little country fair” and I got my writing start here.

“Battle of the Bands” to Light Up Agrifair
Community Stage Friday Night!

Agrifair grounds will be rockin’ Friday night on the August long weekend as The Battle of the Bands lights up the A & D Music Community Stage beginning at 7pm.

Abbotsford Agrifair is proud to provide a platform for emerging musical talent to help increase public awareness and opportunity in the challenging music industry.

Come out and listen as eight young rock bands battle it out for the title of Best Band and to ultimately win a recording session from Studio Down Under. Cash and prizes, provided by Tom Lee Music, will also be awarded to the best guitarist, best singer, best bassist, best drummer and best keyboard or horn player. The bands will be judged by music industry professionals.

If you are a new band and want to get in on the battle send a live YouTube video to asger@ad-music.ca. Only the top eight bands will be chosen to perform Friday night at Agrifair. There is no entrance fee. Visit www.agrifair.ca for rules and regulations. The deadline to apply is July 15th, 2015.

The A & D Music Community Stage will be set up on the grass beside Richards Racers Pigs and Ducks and near the food court where you can dine on some delicious mouth-watering delights like farmer sausage or hamburger poutine made with fresh hand-cut fries and authentic cheese curds.

Come early for some good classic rock entertainment as Whisky Priest takes the stage at 5pm.

“These guys are really good,” exclaims Asger Hansen from A & D Music. “They are a garage band out of the 70’s, a bunch of older guys that never quit playing.”

Also lined up on the A & D Music Community Stage throughout the weekend are the high-energy X-Corps Drumline, the popular and hilarious magician Gary Savard, local country singer Nicole Sutherland, Abbotsford Idol finalist Danielle Severinski, piano musician Paul Snider as well as local dance groups, Sun Hang Do martial arts demonstrations and worship in the park with Jack Jackson Saturday and Sunday mornings. Also, Above and Beyond Ministries will be videotaping their show Sunday morning for a segment on Joy TV.

Visit www.agrifair.ca and follow us on Facebook to stay current on all the up-to-the-minute announcements.

A different show every day! It’s more than you think! Join us July 31 – August 3, 2015!

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“Carz and More” and “Brickville Design Works”
give Agrifair patrons an opportunity to
show off their stuff!

Calling all car builders, car enthusiasts, LEGO builders and people of all ages with imaginations who want to create! Whether you want to show off your handiwork and finished project or you want to have fun and discover your creative side, the Abbotsford Agrifair is providing opportunities to ‘show off and compete’ and ‘create and play’ with the “Carz and More” car show and the “LEGO Mania” show between August 2nd and 5th! No matter what your age, there will be lots of fun things to do and cool things to see!

Car enthusiasts will be revving up in anticipation of the ‘Carz and More’ show scheduled to roll into Abbotsford Agrifair grounds on August 2nd for four days of ‘everything to do with cars’ excitement.

“We’re pretty excited!” exclaimed Don Curtis, a Director of the Agrifair. “This will be a marquee event for the Agrifair. I expect it to be as big a draw as the rodeo and music concerts.”

Patrons can expect to see some pretty cool stuff all weekend long.

First out of the gate on August 2nd is ‘Vintage Day’, a showcase of non-modified, pre-1973 cars and trucks, followed by ‘SOS: Services on Safety’ on August 3rd, featuring current and vintage emergency vehicles. The August 4th show, ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Anything with Wheels’, will exhibit a variety of wheeled and winged machines, and finally on August 5th, ‘Hot Rods, Sports Cars and Super Cars’ will present a collection of expensive and luxurious cars.

Fans and enthusiasts will have an opportunity to be a judge and cast a ballot for their favourite vehicle in three of the above four categories throughout the weekend. The top vehicle at the end of each show day will receive a five hundred dollar cash prize based on the most number of votes entered in the ballot box.

If you own a cool car or a cool ‘thing on wheels’ and want to get in on the five hundred dollar jackpot plus an opportunity to show off your “baby”, call 604-852-6674 or visit www.agrifair.ca to get your entry form.

A giant LEGO creation will be in the works throughout the long weekend! Brickville DesignWorks, an interactive company that creates giant sculptures and custom creations out of LEGO, is planning a “Big Build” among other creative fun for people of all ages!

What can patrons expect?

“It will be fun, big and interesting for people to see and take pictures of!” describes Robin Sather, one of thirteen LEGO Certified Professionals in the world and co-founder of Brickville DesignWorks. Robin adds, “It will be a bit of a mystery!” The only hint given is that it will be something in-line with this year’s Agrifair theme, “The Wild Wild West”.

Construction will begin on August 2nd and continue through to the end of the fair, so be sure to keep checking in to witness the various stages of progress. Return Sunday afternoon to see the final creation!

The competition stacks up at the LEGO Mania show, so gather up your bricks, studs, tiles, plates and baseplates and build something cool or simply register a prized piece from your home collection. Expect to see entries from the King Traditional School’s LEGO Club. Entries must be original! Creations will be displayed and prizes will be given. See www.agrifair.ca for registration details.

Younger inspired patrons will have an opportunity to explore their creativity through building their own LEGO composition. Younger children will use big blocks and older children will use small blocks. Space will be provided to exhibit each masterpiece!

There is so much to see all weekend long at a daily price of $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and FREE for children 10-years-old and under! Four-day weekend passes are also available at a price of $15. Rodeo and event seating, due to the generosity of Phantom Screens and Chances Playtime Abbotsford Casino, is included in the price of gate admission.

Visit www.agrifair.ca and follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on all the up-to-the-minute announcements.

Become Part of the Tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair! Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZone with endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family.

Affordable family fun – you won’t want to miss a moment at “the best little country fair”!!

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Learn to cook “Wild, Wild West”
style with Chef Dez!

Don’t settle for regular ol’ chuck-wagon grub. Instead, impress your family and guests with some amazing “Wild, Wild West” themed gourmet dishes! Learn how to make Cajun Chicken with Black Bean Succotash, World’s Best Cornbread, Grilled Vegetable Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette, Pear and Blueberry Cobbler, South Western Steak Diane and South Western Steak Salad.

Chef Dez, a certified Red Seal chef, is passionate about food and will be cooking up a storm with another fun, informative and high-energy series of 15 mouth-watering cooking shows over the long weekend.

“Three of the recipes are even gluten-free and diabetic friendly,” says Chef Dez, who is also a national food columnist and a culinary Instructor at five locations across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, including Lepp Farm Market here in Abbotsford.

This is Chef Dez’s 10th year at Agrifair. His passion for people and food makes his shows entertaining, enjoyable and educational.

Chef Dez will be putting on four shows daily Friday, Saturday and Sunday and three shows on Monday. Make sure you stop by and see what’s cookin’! Look for him on the upper level between the Tradeshow building and Pioneer Corner.

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Hot BC-Born Country Artist Headlining Saturday Night at Abbotsford Agrifair

Abbotsford will be rockin’ country style at the Agrifair on the evening of Saturday, August 3rd with Langley-born rocker-turned-country, Dallas Smith. Expected to draw between 2,000 – 3,000 fans, Agrifair grounds will be brimming with onlookers as this Juno-nominated country singer-songwriter takes the stage at 9:30 pm.

Dallas Smith is new to the country scene, but no stranger to success in the music business. Formerly the lead vocalist of alternative rock band, “Default”, Smith released four albums, selling over a million copies. Success has stuck with Smith as he ‘jumped right in’ to the country music scene. The natural twang in his voice made his transition from alternative rock to country easy.

“I am having the time of my life, to be honest,” says Dallas as he describes how blessed he feels having made the transition. “The support from the country community has been mind-blowing. Also, I’m in the driver’s seat with this project and that helps me create a good balance in my life,” Dallas adds.

When asked how Smith feels about performing locally at Agrifair, he says, “It’s great to be able to see so many familiar faces. It’s not very often I can get all my friends and family together in one place.”

Dallas has teamed up with Rodney Clawson, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, and Chris Tompkins (Carrie Underwood) to create a new album which is expected to be released in early 2014.

“With this record, I tried to put together a collection of the best songs I could get my hands on. There are some outside songs from writers I am a huge fan of and also co-writes I had with them. The ‘Nashville’ style of writing was very foreign to me compared to my past. With Default, it would just be the guys and I hanging out and hopefully, we’d have ideas. With this record, I was sitting down with guys who do this as a nine-to-five job. It is quite different from what I was used to.” says Dallas as he describes the process of creating his new album.

Eager fans may have an opportunity to hear material from the new album Saturday evening! Dallas discloses, “We actually might be trying out one or two new songs. I am excited for that as well. I love watching the reaction of fans to new material. Crowds don’t lie.”

His latest single, “Nothing But Summer”, released just in time for a promising summer, is all about enjoying carefree summer days and evenings. Come out to Abbotsford Agrifair to do just that! Enjoy a full carefree summer day, snag your spot in the beer gardens early and kick back for a rockin’ country style summer evening with Dallas Smith.

Opening for Dallas Smith Saturday night will be the winner of Friday’s Valley Voices competition. The new-found star will perform three or four songs starting at approximately 8:30 pm.

Be sure to stay tuned to Country 107 for priority seating ticket giveaways and your chance to win a meet-and-greet with Dallas.

Along with rodeo, midway, animals and musical entertainment, there is so much to see all weekend long at a daily price of $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and FREE for children 10-years-old and under! Save $2 on individual tickets by purchasing them in advance. Four-day weekend passes are also available for $36. Presale locations have not yet been announced. Rodeo and event seating, due to the generosity of Phantom Screens and Chances Abbotsford, is included in the price of gate admission. Visit www.agrifair.ca and follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on all the up-to-the-minute announcements.

Become part of the tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair! Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZone with endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family.

Join in on the experience at “the best little country fair!”

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West Coast Lumberjacks and Demolition Derby Returning to Abbotsford Agrifair this August!

Grab a corn dog, a plate of deep-fried pickles or those mini donuts and snag a seat in the stands before they’re gone! Who’s returning to Abbotsford’s Agrifair between August 2nd and 5th? They are the peoples’ favourites: The West Coast Lumberjack Show and The Demolition Derby!

The West Coast Lumberjack Show, featuring big, brawny lumberjacks facing off against each other in a test of strength, speed, accuracy, balance, and skill, represents the thrilling and dangerous forest industry in British Columbia. Roaring crowds cheer on the lumberjacks as they battle each other through a gauntlet of climbing, sawing, chopping and balancing matches.

“We are awesome,” affirms Darren Dean, owner of the West Coast Lumberjack Show. Returning to Agrifair after three seasons away, Darren has planned an action-packed 45-minute long extravaganza to be showcased three times a day throughout the Agrifair long weekend.

Making their presence known around the world, “Our lumberjacks were featured on ‘Canada’s Got Talent’ and ‘Bachelor Canada’ last year,” remarks Dean. “They also appeared in ‘The Amazing Race Australia’.”

It’s been six years since the Demolition Derby unleashed its automotive carnage on Agrifair grounds and due to popular demand, they are back for more car-on-car combat to thrill crowds once again!

“This is a live-action family event that people of all ages like to come and see,” exclaims Ross Edwards, a 45 year plus veteran of the Demolition Derby. “Spectators cheer on their favourite car and see how long it can last.”

This year the Demolition Derby, a full-contact motorsport, has something special planned. “We’re bringing out mini-vans to the death,” announces Ross. “There will be half a dozen mini-vans stripped out for a figure 8 race.” Whether driving forward, backwards or sideways, contestants must out-drive and out-manoeuvre one another to win this race.

The Demolition Derby, sponsored by Chances Abbotsford, is scheduled to roar into action on August 5th for an adrenaline-pumping hour of excitement and the West Coast Lumberjacks face off daily throughout the long weekend. Watch for show times and mark them on your calendar! They are family-friendly action-packed shows popular among people of all ages.

Fireworks are back Friday night at 10:30 pm for a dazzling display you won’t want to miss. It has been 3 years since they last lit up the night sky in Abbotsford and due to popular demand, they are back for another year.

Along with rodeo, Midway, animals and musical entertainment, there is so much to see all weekend long at a daily price of $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and FREE for children 10-years-old and under! Save $2 on individual tickets by purchasing them in advance. Four-day weekend passes are also available at a price of $36. Pre-sale locations have not yet been announced. Rodeo and event seating, due to the generosity of
Phantom Screens and Chances Abbotsford are included in the price of gate admission.

Visit www.agrifair.ca and follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on all the up-to-the-minute announcements.

Become Part of the Tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair! Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZone with endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family. Join in on the experience at “the best little country fair”!

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Something for everyone at
the Abbotsford Agrifair

Escape to the Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo July 31 – August 3 for some hoot-hollering live entertainment and good old fashioned family fun.

The thrilling car-crunching demolition derby releases its automotive carnage on Agrifair grounds once again. This crowd pleaser will have patrons “putting the pedal to the metal” in an effort to snag a good seat in the stands early before the frenzy of four-wheeled gladiators fire-up their engines for the final combat of their exhausted lives.

The big and brawny West Coast Lumberjacks are back with their highly entertaining, action-packed and competitive show. A huge attraction for people of all ages, you’ll want to cheer these guys on as they test their strength, speed and agility against other logging professionals in a series of forestry challenges.

Young fans will go hog-wild as Richard’s racing ducks and pigs ham it up in the racing ring. Not only are the pigs fast, they are smart! They do tricks, jump through hoops and respond to voice commands.

New to the fair this summer are the furiously fast and fun mini chuckwagon races. Although these horses are small, under 36 inches, they have huge competitive hearts and love to run. “Do not tell them they are little because they really believe they are race horses!” says the Alberta Miniature Chuckwagon Racing Association. Come out and cheer on your favourite team as they race around barrels in an effort to beat their opponents.

Send your children on a culinary adventure with Chef Pamela E in the Kids Kitchen and inspire them to cook for you! It’s a great way to teach your children the fun science behind healthy cooking with recipes along with basic food preparation and safety in the kitchen.

The Reptile Guy will stop by with a few of his reptilian friends and a gaming/PlayStation area will keep the kids happy and entertained while you relax.

In concert on Sunday will be Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, Laura Story who co-wrote the worship favourite Indescribable. Also appearing will be local artist Mike Barton and Awake O Sleeper, from Chilliwack.

Other confirmed fun for 2015 includes Valley Voices Vocal Competition, EECW/ICW Wrestling, Vendor Village, Draft Horse Demos, Pro Rodeo with JJ Harrison rodeo clown, 4-H livestock shows and competitions, educational agriculture displays and demos and LEGO with Brick Games.

Visit agrifair.ca and follow on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on all the up-to-the-minute announcements.

A different show everyday! It’s more than you think! Join us July 31st to August 3rd, 2015!

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Higher Stakes Means Stiffer
Competition at Agrifair!

Prize money is up and that means more competition and top-notch quality animal stock at the open shows and 4-H competitions at Abbotsford Agrifair this year.

“Our big attraction this year is our ‘All-Breed Open Beef Pen Show’,” said Naylene Beirnes, Agriculture Coordinator. “It is for pure bred and commercial breeds. Contestants can bring in a cow which will be judged in a pen. The key thing is that the prize money has jumped up huge!”

“The Grand Champion bull and the Grand Champion female prize is $500 each!” exclaimed Beirnes. “The majority of classes have upped the prize money. First place wins $100, second is $75 and third prize is $50 per class.” For more information on the show and how to enter find the prize book online at www.agrifair.ca.

Agriland, an interactive area where kids can be up close and personal with animals they wouldn’t get to see every day, is expanding this year.  “We’re adding more animals,” Naylene continued. “Nancy the Bison is returning again. She was a big hit last year. Other animals include miniature horses, different breeds of beef cows, goats, llamas, alpacas, bunnies and more.”

Agrifair will be awarding one hard-working 4-H Club member, a scholarship grand prize of $500. To be eligible contestants must be at least 17 years old. The winner will be announced during the 4-H Closing Ceremonies. Please go online to the prize book to find out how to apply.

Other 4-H competitions include 4-H Dairy, 4-H Beef, 4-H Horse, 4-H Goat and 4-H Dog categories as well as 4-H Sewing, Crafts and Photography and 4-H Educational Displays. The 4-H Dairy and 4-H Beef shows will be a split-show this year, two days each. As in previous years, Buckerfields’ is sponsoring the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Grand Champion of the 4-H Dairy and 4-H Beef shows with belt buckles.

The Country Horse Classic will be running all four days of the fair.

The popular Six Horse Hitch Competition demonstrates how three pairs of horses work together as one fluid team to pull a wagon. Each pair has a different job from setting the pace and rounding corners to steering the wagon. The teams will be judged on the horses, harness, wagon, driver and overall performance and eye-appeal.  

The Draft Horse Pull Competition will give you a whole new appreciation for the term “horse power”. Witness the extraordinary strength of the tall and extremely muscular heavy draft horse teams as they compete against each other to pull the most weight over a short distance.

In addition, some new acts may be added to the show (yet to be announced).

Visit www.agrifair.ca and follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on all the up-to-the-minute announcements.

A different show every day! It’s more than you think! Join us July 31 – August 3, 2015!

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Grammy award-winning Christian rock band
to perform at Abbotsford Agrifair

Abbotsford onlookers will be all ears as chart-topping, three-time Grammy award-winning Christian rock band, Jars of Clay take the stage under the night sky at the Abbotsford Agrifair on August 4th. Bring your family, friends and blanket and find a spot in the stands or on the grass early. This concert is going to draw many!

Inspired by musical artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Sarah McLachlan, Brent Bourgeois, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Seal, the Jars of Clay sound is a blend of alternative rock, folk, acoustic and R & B that is enjoyed by both the secular world and Christian community. Lyrics, based on the personal beliefs of the band members, inspire without being overly laden with biblical scripture.

“This is big for the Agrifair,” exclaims Pamela Brenner, Agrifair General Manager. “We expect Agrifair grounds will be packed Sunday evening.”

Don’t let this worry you! There is an opportunity to snag a priority entry to see this highly acclaimed band up close! Just show up at the FREE pancake breakfast being put on by Psalm 23 Transition Society at 8:00 am Sunday morning. One-thousand priority tickets are set to be dished out to hungry fans.

The generosity of Agrifair’s major partners is what ultimately put Jars of Clay on the programme Sunday evening.

“We are extremely grateful to Columbia Kitchen Cabinets Ltd. and Fraserway RV for their very generous donation which has made this Jars of Clay concert possible.” expressed Pamela Brenner.

Agrifair President, Ernie Silveri, adds, “Meyers Norris Penny, Clearway Car and Truck Rental, and Praise 106.5 also contributed so we could bring Jars of Clay to Agrifair.”

After the pancake breakfast, round the family up and attend church ‘cowboy, cowgirl or little-wrangler-style’ with Jack Jackson at his evangelistic “Cowboy Church Service” or hear praise and worship fromAbbotsford’s various church youth groups.

Agrifair will be chock-full of entertainment, food and fun for everyone all weekend long. Be on the look-out for KidZone, featuring chuck-wagon-loads of free activities for youngins of all ages. Check out the “Wild, Wild West” Agrifair themed Lego creation and behold the “Creation Museum”, including an interactive dinosaur exhibit.

Animal lovers can observe the wide variety of farm animals at the 4H shows and competitions and car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Variety Car Show. The West Coast Lumberjack Show is set to entertain crowds three times daily and the Demolition Derby roars into action on Monday, August 5th.

All of this entertainment, and so much more, is available at a daily price of $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and FREE for children 10-years-old and under! Save $2 on each ticket by purchasing them in advance. Pre-sale locations have not yet been announced.

Visit the Agrifair website at www.agrifair.ca and follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on all the
up-to-the-minute announcements.

Become Part of the Tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair!Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZone with endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family.

Join in on the experience at “the best little country fair”!

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Step right up! Drop someone in
the Dunk Tank at KidZone

Here’s your chance to show off your muscle, test your aim and participate in all sorts of family fun activities at KidZone, located in the grassy area near the A & D Music community stage. This is the place to cool off and have fun at the same time.

Whether you are an observer or want to get in on the action, PLAYABBY is putting out some fun cool-down water challenges for patrons of all ages. Test your aim and drop your favourite, or least favourite person, in the ice-cold dunk tank or be the fastest water gun in the wild, wild west in the Downpour Derby. Be sure to fill up the bucket over your opponent’s head before they fill up yours or prepared to be doused! There is lots of water fun to be had for all ages.

Even if you don’t plan on getting wet at the fair, KidZone is offering a slew of free, fun and interactive activities for all ages in a safe, family friendly environment. Even parents will have a chance to enjoy a game of mini-golf while the children play and dig in the giant sandbox with toys, or take a ride on the ponies.

For those big and strong patrons, or those best friends who just want to see who’s the strongest, test your muscle in the High Striker Game and ring that bell! Or give it all you got and attempt to break a board or learn some martial arts moves with Sun Hang Do.

Younger kids can take part in the Horsey Hop obstacle course races, the Bouncy Castle and the Penguin Toss.

If you ever wondered how it would feel to run in a hamster ball, here is your chance! GAMES 2 U will also be bringing their mobile entertainment, including their inflatable, human-sized hamster balls!

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Mighty Fraser Pro Rodeo brings in one of
the world’s best rodeo clowns!

JJ Harrison, this year’s rodeo clown, is one of the world’s best, and was recently the official clown of the Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada! You will not want to miss the hilarious entertainment and promise of high energy rodeo events, so be sure to find a seat in the grandstand in well enough time!

Originally a public school teacher at Walla Walla in Washington State, this clown with a Masters degree, is a kid magnet and a popular performer at many top rodeos. Come out with your kids, enjoy lots of laughs and cheer on your favourite cowboys and cowgirls! Whether you’re an old hat or trying out a new pair of cowboy boots,
you’re bound to have fun!

This year’s Mighty Fraser Pro Rodeo promises to be entertaining and exciting as gutsy cowboys fight to stay atop a raging bull or bucking bronc for eight seconds in the bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding events and as fearless cowgirls race their steeds in a cloverleaf pattern around barrels at top speed in the barrel racing competition. You will also see team roping, steer wrestling and calf roping!

“This is a dual sanctioned event,” says Don Curtis, a director of the Agrifair. This means patrons can expect to see top professional cowboys and cowgirls from all over Canada and the United States competing for fast times, big scores and good prize money.

“We’ve got the coolest show planned for Saturday!” exclaims Don. An undisclosed, “crowd-wowing” show is scheduled to take place during the rodeo and you’re not going to want to miss it! It’s all under wraps and if curiosity has got the better of you, make sure you’re there! The only hint given is it will have something to do with “Services on Safety” and the Police, Fire and Military.

Big name actor, Graham Wardle, from the hit TV series “Heartland” will also be making an appearance on Saturday! There will be a scheduled autograph and photo session with him before the rodeo.

“It’s all by donation in an effort to raise money for the High River Flood Relief fund,” says Don. Wardle will also make an appearance at the rodeo to talk about the relief efforts.

No rodeo would be complete without an enthusiastic, entertaining and professional rodeo announcer and this year Agrifair is excited to bring on former professional cowboy, Al Parsons! With his extensive rodeo experience, knowledge of the sport and humour, Parsons will bring crowds to their feet!

You won’t want to miss the high energy rodeo events at this year’s Mighty Fraser Pro Rodeo as well as the surprise show and a guest appearance by Graham Wardle on Saturday! Bring your kids and family and be prepared to be entertained!

Become Part of the Tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair! Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZonewith endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family.

Join in on the experience at “the best little country fair!”

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Rugby teams to battle it out on Abbotsford Agrifair grounds Saturday, Aug. 3

Over 20 men’s and women’s teams in three divisions will compete in the Abbotsford Kukri Sevens Abbotsford Rugby Club tournament on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Exhibition Park.

This year the annual tournament is ecstatic to piggyback on the crowds attracted annually by Abbotsford’s renowned Agrifair, drawing a new audience to the fair and sport alike.

If you haven’t heard the terms ruck, maul, scrum or lineout, here is your chance to find out what it’s all about. Rugby Sevens, a fast-paced game played around the world, debuts in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Dating back to the 1800s, Sevens is adapted from the original Fifteen’s format (15 players on the field). Although only being accepted by the IOC in 2009, Rugby Sevens is already one of the world’s fastest growing sports, simply because it is one of the fastest sports in the world. The real appeal is that it is spectator-friendly, demanding no prior knowledge of the sport to feel the sheer excitement and gratification a 15-minute game can provide. This format gives new spectators and seasoned professionals a chance to appreciate different teams, divisions and skill levels, in a one-day, action-packed tournament.

“The tournament will be great entertainment,” said Anthony Hirschman, tournament coordinator.  “It will be good for both kids and adults.”

Sports fanatics and curious on-lookers should be sure to come out and enjoy the sun and festivities. Cheer teams on from the beer garden or observe from the sidelines for a high-speed, thrilling and totally entertaining display of athleticism.

Three matches will be scheduled simultaneously at various times throughout the day Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. until approximately 6 pm.  If you are a team that wants to get in on the competition, please email rugbyhead@telus.netto register or visit www.abbotsfordrugby.comfor more information. There is stiff competition to beat and prizes to be won!

Become Part of the Tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair! Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZonewith endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family.

Join in on the experience at “the best little country fair!”

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Jaws of Life, Roll-Over Simulator and
Teddy Bear Hospital coming to Agrifair!

What cuts steel like a hot knife through butter? It’s a tool that rescue services would not be without when it comes to saving lives! It’s called the “Jaws of Life” and Agrifair patrons will have an opportunity to witness live on Saturday, August 3rd just how this amazing tool works! Not only that but the “Services on Safety” show is jammed-packed with all sorts of other mind-blowing and engaging demonstrations for the whole family to see all weekend long!

“The Services on Safety show is big this year!” exclaims Melanie Kish, Agrifair Office Manager. “We have the Jaws of Life coming in, the Roll-Over Simulator and also a Teddy Bear Hospital!” Patrons can also expect to see a Search & Rescue helicopter and to meet ‘Jamie Davis Motor Truck Heavy Recovery & Rescue’ from the popular A & E Series, “Highway Thru Hell”.

A Jaws of Life extrication demonstration, coordinated with Abbotsford Fire Rescue, will be held at 2:00 pm each day throughout the weekend. They will use the “Jaws of Life” to cut a car apart and free a ‘live’ volunteer. Extrication will be done with Fire Rescue devices. The patient will be carefully removed from the wreck and secured onto a stretcher as they would be in a real-life situation.

Bring your family and watch as the “Roll-Over Simulator” demonstrates just what can happen to vehicle occupants who are not wearing seatbelts! This demonstration, hosted by “The Fraser Valley Integrated Road Safety Unit, an integrated unit comprised of the Abbotsford PD, Delta PD and RCMP members, provides both real-time compelling evidence of the security provided by seatbelts as well as the devastating consequences vehicle occupants are subjected to after being ejected from a vehicle during a roll-over crash!

The “Roll-Over Simulator” is the front end of a car mounted on a trailer that spins around on a vertical axis. During the demonstration crash dummies representing vehicle occupants will be placed inside in both belted
and unbelted scenarios. The vehicle will simulate what happens at speeds of thirty to fifty kilometres per hour during a rollover crash! With windows closed the unbelted dummies bounce around like clothes in a dryer and when the windows are open the dummies are ejected from the vehicle.

Patrons will have an opportunity to practice their own CPR skills during the CPR demonstration. There will be other static displays to check out as well! If you have little ones, be sure to pick up some information on proper child restraints to appropriately and safely belt your child into your vehicle.

Children, don’t forget to bring your favourite teddy bear or stuffy that needs first aid treatment! Nurses and doctors will be standing by at the “Teddy Bear Hospital” to take good care of your special friend! Also, there will be a special 911 kids phone to practice just what to say to the 911 operator during an emergency situation.

There is so much to see all weekend long at a daily price of $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and FREE for children 10-years-old and under! Four-day weekend passes are also available at a price of $15. Rodeo and event seating, due to the generosity of Phantom Screens and Chances Playtime Abbotsford Casino, is included in the price of gate admission.

Visit www.agrifair.ca and follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on all the up-to-the-minute announcements.

Become Part of the Tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair!Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZone with endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family.

Affordable family fun – you won’t want to miss a moment at “the best little country fair”!!

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Strathcona Mounted Troops, a musical and active display of our Canadian Military History!

Come and witness an important part of Canadian history and enjoy a colourful, musical, and active display of equestrian skill and military tradition by the “Strathcona Mounted Troops.”

Comprised of twenty horses and twenty-five Royal Canadian soldiers dressed in period uniform, the troops will perform a thirty-five minute “Musical Ride,” including a tent-pegging demonstration, each day throughout the long weekend to commemorate their national military heritage and cavalry traditions. They will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Thunderbowl and on Monday in the Agrifair Arena.

The Strathcona Mounted Troops, originally formed by Donald Smith (Lord Strathcona and Mounted Royal) in the year 1900 during the “Wild, Wild West” era, was a regiment of cavalry consisting of Canadian cowboys and frontiersmen as well as members of the North West Mounted Police.

This regiment of cowboys and frontiersmen fought bravely on horseback in several small and bloody battles throughout the South African “Boer War,” many members hired as scouts due to their background as cowboys and frontiersmen. As the Second World War approached in 1939, however, the Strathcona Mounted Troops were disbanded and replaced by heavy armoured cavalry.

In order to preserve its history and keep tradition alive, the current ceremonial Strathcona Mounted Troops (formed in 1977) perform at various fairs and rodeos throughout the country each year.

Twenty-five soldiers proudly volunteer their time for up to two years caring for their mounts and equipment as well as taking part in training and cavalry drills. During this time they must also carry out active military duties. Horse maintenance, uniforms and equipment are paid for through the “Strathcona Mounted Troop Foundation” which relies on the generous donations and honorariums received by its members, service clubs, private individuals, as well as cities and other organizations.

Don’t miss your opportunity to observe this historical event and help keep our “living history” alive!

Become Part of the Tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair! Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZonewith endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family.

Join in on the experience at “the best little country fair!”

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The Kids Pedal Tractor Pull tests kids’ horsepower at Pioneer Corner!

There are ribbons to be won and prizes to be had at the Pioneer Corner as the ‘Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull’ competition gets underway twice daily throughout the long weekend! It isn’t horsing around that will win your kids a prize or ribbon, but instead, they will have to generate as much ‘horsepower’ as they can to win against their rival competition!

“I am in the process of building two weight transfer sleds for the fair this year,” says Tom Oostenbeurg, who has been involved with the Tractor Club for eighteen years.

Two heats will compete against each other daily. Contestants will have to use raw muscle strength to drive a pedal tractor down a track while at the same time pulling a weight transfer sled upon which escalated weight will be added. Whoever can pull the sled the farthest is the winner!

Be sure to check out the big tractors! The Local Tractor Club will be exhibiting restored heritage tractors as well as antique household items. See a 1930’s antique diesel powered sawmill in action as it cuts raw logs into boards the old fashioned way! You will also see some antique gasoline engines.

Have you ever gazed down the dairy aisle of your local grocery store and wondered how just how skim milk, 2% milk or your coffee cream was produced? Or have you ever wondered what went into making a rope? Or even
how grain was separated from the stock and husks of wheatgrass? Well here’s your chance to find out! Cream separating, rope making and thrashing machine demonstrations will be shown twice daily! This is a great educational and eye-opening experience for those of us who simply head over to the local convenience or hardware store to buy what we need.

Back in 1889, Abbotsford began as a small farming community and now has grown to produce over 70% of B.C.’s dairy, berries, vegetables, poultry, eggs, pork, greenhouse vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture and nursery products. Agriculture was what gave Abbotsford its kick-start and it continues to be a big business that keeps Abbotsford flourishing.

Pioneer Corner will take you back in time to when “good old-fashioned” farming techniques and machinery helped deliver and sustain agriculture in our city. Be sure to check it out!

Become Part of the Tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair! Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZonewith endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family.

Join in on the experience at “the best little country fair!”

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FREE Agrifair Admission for
UFV Students and Faculty!

What better way to say thank you to UFV for partnering up with Agrifair than to ‘pony-up’ FREE ‘Friday after 5pm’ fair passes for UFV students and faculty? All you need to do is show your valid UFV ID card. If you are not a UFV student or faculty member don’t worry, there are more opportunities to win prizes, cash and free passes to the fair.

Twenty-five UFV Business 320 students worked hard conducting market research on the Abbotsford Agrifair. They gathered feedback from five focus groups consisting of 15 – 20 participants and 402 completed online surveys and determined that Agrifair is an important part of this community.

After reviewing the hard work and survey results, Agrifair Board of Directors feels that the experience and partnership with UFV have been valuable. Not only do they wish to show their gratitude to UFV through free Friday after 5:00 pm admission they are taking the results seriously and gearing up to deliver the peak fair experience that the public wants.

Fairgoers can expect to see lots of new action like the miniature chuckwagon races and midget wrestling. The Cone Zone has expanded. Battle of the Bands will crank up the community stage with lots of musical talent beginning Friday. The interACTIVE venue is jam-packed with FREE to affordable interactive fun including minigolf.

We are excited to bring in three new popular food trucks including Dougie Dog (featured on Dragan’s Den) and more than five new food vendors. Indulge in a gourmet ‘Bacon Bomb’ or ‘Cheese’s Steak’ sandwich at Cheese’s Crust Food Truck or sink your teeth into a ‘Flameboyant’ rotisserie pork sandwich. Take the family out for breakfast Agrifair-style and experience Hurricane Potato’s version of poached eggs over potato hash. If you have a weakness for poutine, detour to Big Red’s Poutine food truck and choose from an assortment of saucy poutine delights. Or simply snack on a bag of ‘extreme’ kettle corn from Canadian Kettle Corn Extreme while you cruise the action on the fairgrounds.

For ample opportunities to win prizes, cash and free passes to the fair and to stay current on all the up-to-the-minute announcements visit www.agrifair.ca and follow us on Facebook.

A different show every day! It’s more than you think! Join us July 31 – August 3, 2015!

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Celebrity Judges Seek “Valley Voice”
at Abbotsford Agrifair

A sing-off to a professional live band will set the stage as four celebrity judges crown this year’s winner of the “Valley Voices Vocal Competition” at the Abbotsford Agrifair on the evening of Friday, August 2nd. But don’t worry! You can get in on the voting action on-line beginning July 5th and during the live performances on August 2nd.

“The winner of this competition will be a star for a year!” exclaimed Darcy D, founder of the Valley Voices Vocal Competition (VVVC), which has helped facilitate the development of numerous music careers. “The grand prize winner will receive voice sessions with world-famous voice coaches such as Dave Stroud (Natasha Beddingfield, Cee Lo Green and Adam Lambert) and RAab Stevenson (Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Kelly Rowland).”

Young amateur voice talent from all over B.C. are busy honing their vocal techniques in hopes of becoming one of fifteen finalists in the Valley Voice Vocal Competition and ultimately being crowned the “Valley Voice” of 2013. Auditions have already begun! The last one takes place on June 29th. Fifteen finalists, selected from two categories, Junior (7 – 12 years) and Senior (13 – 18 years), will be announced July 2nd.

All finalists will be showcased on Facebook where fans can view video performances and cast their vote by ‘Liking’ their favourite artist. “Contestants will gather ‘Likes’ which will become part of the voting statistics,” explains Darcy. “The live audience (at Agrifair on August 2nd) can also vote. All of the votes will be added to the panel votes.”

This will be the fifth season Valley Voices has entertained at Agrifair. “The entertainment and showcase of talent Valley Voices brings to our community’s fair is absolutely amazing! We are looking forward to another great year,” expresses Ernie Silveri, Agrifair President.

The fifteen aspiring finalists will contend for the title of “Valley Voice 2013” throughout the day beginning at 11:00 am on Agrifair’s community stage until the top three finalists from each category are selected at 6:30 pm.

A special performance by last year’s winner, Bailey Alexis, will kick off the final show at 8:30 pm on the main stage where the remaining contenders will sing off to a live band to win their category. Out of these, only one will be crowned 2013’s “Valley Voice”. The winner will be announced at 10:30 pm.

The four celebrity judges include Kenny Jones of SONiC Nation and Troy Samson, producer of Snoop Dog and Canadian Idol. The two remaining judges are yet to be announced.

Along with rodeo, Midway, animals and musical entertainment, there is so much to see all weekend long at a daily price of $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and FREE for children 10-years-old and under! Save $2
on individual tickets by purchasing them in advance. Four-day weekend passes are also available at a price of $36. Pre-sale locations have not yet been announced. Rodeo and event seating, due to the generosity of Phantom Screens and Chances Abbotsford, is included in the price of gate admission.

Visit www.agrifair.ca and follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on all the up-to-the-minute announcements.

Become Part of the Tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair!Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZone with endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family.

Join in on the experience at “the best little country fair”!

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Professional wrestling stars to put on a great show in Abbotsford Agrifair’s wrestling ring

Big name professional wrestlers including Canadian heavyweight champion, Scotty Mac, as well as “Streetfighter” Tim Flowers, “Dastardly” Danni Deeds, Andy “The Dreadful” Bird, “Ravenous” Randy Myers, “Bishop” and many more are waiting to face off against each other in the ring inside Agrifair’s Cadet Building over the August long weekend!

Be sure to come by and claim your spot in the audience and watch the exciting and dramatic good versus bad combat action as wrestlers use various techniques such as arm bars, lock-ups, throws and other grappling holds in order to take down, pin their opponent and gain victory.

“There are professional wrestlers coming from Washington state, Alberta, Ontario, Oregon and BC,” says Mike Democrat, ICW commissioner.

“The shows are similar to WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.). Female wrestlers Nicole Matthews, Canadian ladies champion, and KC Spinelli will also be there.”

Wrestling fans, don’t miss your opportunity for autographs and a meet and greet with WWE Hall of Famer, “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. He will be making an appearance during the first two shows on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4. You can also expect to see him ring-side during the last show of the day cheering on a specific wrestler, who he will be managing. Be sure to come by and find out who it is.

Shows will take place three times daily throughout the weekend.

Become Part of the Tradition! There’s something for everyone at Abbotsford Agrifair! Don’t miss the excitement of the Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Explore the KidZone with endless kids’ activities. Learn about agriculture and livestock at Agriland. Experience the unstoppable thrill of the Midway with games and rides for all ages. Enjoy live shows and entertainment for the whole family.

Join in on the experience at “the best little country fair”!

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Event Photography

Although it wasn’t expected of me, I photographed many of the events with my Nikon D300 SLR.