Old-fashioned fair at the Fort

Kootenay Country Fair celebrates its 35th year with event at Fort Steele on Sunday.

Produce displays are among the highlights of the Kootenay Country Fair

The old-fashioned Kootenay Country Fair will be held this weekend at Fort Steele.

Now in its 35th year, the fair will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The fair includes growers’ exhibits, wagon rides, music, horsemanship demonstrations, a pancake breakfast and much more.

“It’s kind of like a big farmers market,” said organizer Trudy Larsen.

Since the event has been held at Fort Steele, around 3,000 people come out to take in the fair.

Vendors are still being accepted, and are expected to sell goods including antiques, craft, art, baking and needlework.

At 1 p.m., children’s games will be held, including a sack race, a three-legged race, an egg toss and a pie eating contest.

“We have a lot of little kids wanting to do the pie eating contest but we keep it to the older ones. We don’t want little ones getting sick on us!” said Larsen.

Fort Steele will be bustling with gold panners and blacksmiths at work, as well as wagon and train rides and a petting zoo with donkeys, pigs, goats and sheep.

“It’s very family oriented. That’s the whole idea,” said Larsen.

Tickets include entry to the Fort and cost $4.50 for an adult, $13.50 for a family, and $3.50 for seniors and children aged 6-13. Children under 6 are free.

Vendors can call 250-421-4215 to reserve a space.