10th annual Richmond Delta Regional Heritage Fair returns

Canada's rich history and heritage will be explored and displayed through the eyes of the city's youth when the 10th annual Richmond Delta Regional Heritage Fair takes place next week.

Almost 200 students from across Richmond and Delta have been selected to showcase their project displays at the popular fair at the Richmond Cultural Centre on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The Heritage Fairs program is a bilingual educational initiative, encouraging students to explore Canadian history and heritage in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment.

The fair, which is free to enter, invites students, schools, heritage organizations, businesses and community groups to actively get involved in a "contemporary celebration of traditions and events."

Last year, thousands of students from coast-to-coast-to-coast participated in the nation-wide Heritage Fairs program.

Through the medium of their choice, students display stories that portray Canadian heroes, legends, milestones and achievements. Projects are to be presented not only to the general public, but also to a panel of judges.

Of the fair's 22 judges, those representing Richmond include Britney Quail (Heritage Fair Student Alumnus); Christine McGilvray (Friends of the Richmond Archives president); Eric Fiss (City of Richmond public art planner); Linda Eversole (Steveston Museum, museum coordinator); Lorenda Calvert (Richmond Museum intern); Michele Haapamaki and Ray Holme (Richmond Heritage Commission) and Rebecca Forrest (Richmond Museum & Heritage Services curator).

In addition to the Delta schools, Richmond students participating in the fair represent a number of schools - Cornerstone Christian Academy, Kingswood elementary, McKay elementary, McNeely elementary and Whiteside elementary.

The Richmond Delta Heritage Fair is sponsored in part by the BC Heritage Fairs Society, Richmond School District, Delta School District, Richmond Heritage Commission, and Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.

For more information on the Richmond-Delta Heritage Fair, visit www.richmonddelta.heritagefair.ca.

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