A row of maple syrup and honey entries at last year’s fair, complete with Entry Tags and prize ribbons.

The countdown is on! The Bayfield Community Fair is now less than 2 weeks away – August 18-20. Fair organizers encourage everyone to get their exhibit entries ready for the Bayfield Fair. The opportunities for all ages to enter art and photography, baking and canning, flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, as well as handcrafted quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and woodworking are at the heart of the indoor Homecraft show. All entries are welcome and add to the wealth of exhibits that fairgoers have come to appreciate each year.

The exhibit categories and entry requirements can be viewed online in the 2023 Fair Book, and entries can be completed online. Here in Bayfield, printed copies of the Fair Book can be picked up at the Bayfield Library and the Bayfield Convenience Store. In Goderich, copies can be picked up at the Goderich Library, Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, N Sew On Custom Embroidery, and Peavey Mart as well as craft/quilt shops, garden centres, and other libraries in the area.

To avoid congestion, there are two time periods for dropping off exhibits prior to the Fair: Thursday, Aug 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, Aug 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. All exhibits for inside departments must be received at the Bayfield Arena before 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Aug 18.

Entry tags can be picked up at the next General Meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society, which will be held in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield on Monday, Aug 7 at 7:00 p.m. By picking them up ahead of time, entries can be delivered on the Thursday night (Aug 17) or Friday morning (Aug 18) drop-off times with their Entry Tags already attached, saving everyone a bit of time.

The parade, which will be held on Saturday, Aug 19, still has room for more participants. Members of the community are encouraged to enter a float or group to represent their organization, business, community group, or neighbourhood. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for a business or organization. Musicians, dance groups, classic cars, vintage tractors, campgrounds – all are welcome! Please visit 2023 Parade for details and contact information.

As with all community events, volunteers are very much needed to help make the Bayfield Fair a success. Fair organizers are still looking for extra volunteers to help with set up, take down, parade, and activities during the Fair. Whether it’s a few hours or a few days, volunteer help is always appreciated. High school students who need extra hours to complete their volunteer service requirements for graduation are most welcome. Anyone who is interested in volunteering and has not already been contacted can email: info@bayfieldfair.ca

Join in the fun – exhibit, participate, volunteer!

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