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Abbotsford Agrifair celebrates 114 years of community this weekend

Three-day event includes live music, carving demos, animals shows and more
Professional carver Ryan Cook creates a bear at an event in 2020. (Black Press file photo)

The Abbotsford Agrifair is back, with a full lineup of concerts and activities from Aug. 4 to 6.

This is the 114th fair, and is planned throughout the year by a dedicated team of volunteer directors.

The backbone of the Agrifair is its agricultural components, like the 4-H displays and open horse shows, the Country Horse Classic and the amazing displays by the Fraser Valley Antique Farm Machinery Association.

Visitors to the fair will have a chance to learn more about farm life today and yesterday, through the displays and just by chatting with the participants in the fair.

This year’s attractions include the animals Cinemazoo and The Reptile Guy, which both are around all weekend. So are mini golf, magician Gary Savard, a Lego demonstration by an expert builder, and a chance to watch a tank crushing cars.

The Northern Lights Motorsports Demo Derby is also back, and will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Agrifair Thunderbowl Arena.

All Star Wrestling will be bringing all of the best professional wrestlers from B.C., including some incredible young talent from Vancouver Island to Abbotsford for eight shows over the three days. And the Trick Bike Show, including pictures and autographs with the athletes, is also running throughout the weekend.

Ryan Cook, a chainsaw carver and a judge on The Discovery Channel TV show A Cut Above, will be one not to miss. He’ll be carving throughout the weekend on site.

And no fair would be complete with the rides and games of a midway. Shooting Star Amusements will be on site, along with the food trucks.

Dave Hartney is one of this year’s performers at the Abbotsford Agrifair.
Dave Hartney is one of this year’s performers at the Abbotsford Agrifair.

When it’s time to rest, head to the ball diamonds with your blanket, lawn chairs or dancing shoes, for live entertainment.

On Friday, you’ll find Fleetwood Magic on stage at 8 p.m., and Reckless on stage at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, BANG! hits the stage at 8 p.m. and Ten Souljers performs at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday morning’s stage starts at 10:30 a.m. with Cowboy Church’s Jack Jackson. Then in the evening, Jackson Hollow performs at 8 p.m., and Dave Hartney closes the fair with his show at 9:30 p.m.

Abbotsford Agrifair gate are open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are free for children five and under, $8 for children ages six to 12, and $14 for everyone ages 13 and up. A three-day wristband is $14. Parking costs at $7 a day. Midway ride wristbands are $40 per day.

The Agrifair Exhibition Park is located at 32470 Haida Drive.

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Jessica Peters

About the Author: Jessica Peters

I began my career in 1999, covering communities across the Fraser Valley ever since.
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