Volunteers step forward for Fall Fair

Despite earlier concerns about a shortage of volunteer directors, the Summerland Fall Fair will continue for the 104th year in 2013.

Despite earlier concerns about a shortage of volunteer directors, the Summerland Fall Fair will continue for the 104th year in 2013.

Earlier, past president Connie Davis said the fair was in dire need of new board members. There were just five volunteer directors on the board. She said at least nine and ideally 12 were needed.

At a meeting on Nov. 21, volunteers stepped forward and there are now 10 board members for the coming year.

“Summerland made it quite clear that they would like the fair to continue,” Davis said. “The 104th year will go ahead.”

She added that the board represents a variety of ages, from seniors to parents of younger children.

“We’ve got quite a varied age group represented.”

The new board president is Cindy Nelson and the vice-president is Lisa Jaager. Frank Belden is treasurer and Angela Sielmann is secretary. Directors are Connie Davis, Ray Davis, Henry Sielmann, Ashley Selwood, Ken Roberge and Bill Austin.

Board members are on for two-year terms.

Davis described the new board as “eager and feisty” and said the members are ready to work on the next fair.

The board will hold its next meeting in December. There are numerous tasks which must be completed by spring in order to hold the fair in fall.

For next year, the fair board is considering a move to a different weekend of the fall.

The wineries will also play a more significant role in the next fair. For the past two years, a wine competition has been held in conjunction with the Fall Fair.

Other events are being considered to ensure the fair has a strong component to appeal to families.

 

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