Rustle up your wares for the Kootenay Country Fair

The Kootenay Country Fair is celebrating its 36th year Sunday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fort Steele Heritage Town.

The Kootenay Country Fair is celebrating its 36th year of bringing together crafters and harvesters in the autumn. The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the historic ambiance of Fort Steele Heritage Town.

The event will include a petting zoo, entertainers, strolling minstrels, wagon rides, children’s games, commercial tables and access to the entire heritage town.

There will also be demonstrations in wheat threshing, blacksmithing, gold panning, visual arts, carvers and other activities of yesteryear.

Fort Steele’s historic setting adds to the atmosphere of the country fair.

The main attraction of the day is of course the exhibition of crafts and produce that people have put their time into growing and creating.

There are various categories to enter into from best photograph to most unusual vegetable to best decorated cookie.

There is even a “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle” category where children and adults create artistic or utilitarian items out of recycled material.

Admission includes access to the heritage town as well as the many activities throughout the day.

In the morning, there will be a pancake breakfast, and at lunch a barbecue at the International Hotel.

There will also be snacks available from vendors throughout the day.

Entry forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, which can be mailed in, either online to or through the mail. Entry forms can also be dropped off at Top Crop’s Farm & Pet, Cranbrook Photo and Top Crop Too in Kimberley.

Late entries will be displayed but not eligible for judging. Entries need to be dropped at the Fort Steele Opera House on Saturday, Sept. 7 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  For more information go to