Richmond church returns with 60th annual Country Fair

Hay rides, a quilting display and a massive garage sale, the staples of South Arm United Church’s annual fair, will be back for the 60th year on Sept. 21.

For the past six decades, the fair has been held on the third Saturday in September, and this year is no exception.

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The free, family-friendly event will also feature a bouncy bus, crafts, home baking, a silent auction, entertainment, food, including it legendary strawberry shortcake.

“There will be lots of displays where kids get to see how hand quilting is fun and other booths which are quite educational for the younger generation who haven’t been exposed to that,” said Olwen Walker, one of the organizers of the fair.

Balloon creations are a new addition to the country fair this year thanks to the church’s new minister’s wife, Fanli Lai.

As well as the carnival activities, South Arm United Church will hold a garage sale. Proceeds from the sale will be divided among, First United (an outreach group for people experiencing poverty, mental health and other issues in Vancouver), the Heart of Richmond AIDS Society, global relief funds and the church.

South Arm United offers graduation credits for high school students who want to volunteer before or during the event.

Visitors who wish to make a donation to the garage sale, can drop off their donations Tues-Thurs from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

The fair will be held on Sept. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the South Arm United Church.

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