September 10 and 11
The Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair is an annual event that has brought North Island communities together for more than 50 years. The North Island encompasses a vast area, nearly 1/3 of Vancouver Island. The fair is held in one of the three largest communities, each in turn, each year. Consequently the highly anticipated fall fair is an opportunity to visit and share between communities and celebrates our unique lifestyle. Like any traditional fall fair there are the agricultural, food and craft exhibits that wow and inspire. Business and non-profit booths are informative and help connect the many communities. Logging is also celebrated with a large forestry display with activities for kids and adults as the fair falls just before National Forest Week. Other great activities from the past include a coffee house, chili cook-off, kid’s zone and pet show.
The Mount Waddington Fall Fair was started in 1955 by the local Parent Teachers Association (PTA) along with a Bingo to raise funds. In 1968, the PTA dissolved and the fair wasn't held for two years. In 1971 it was resurrected by the Port Hardy Centennial Committee.
Since then it has been held every year in one of the three larger communities: Port Hardy, Port McNeill or Port Alice. Over the years, the committees have successfully passed the baton and maintained the tradition of holding the fair and growing it each year. It is the only time in a year when the entire North Island comes together to celebrate their creativity and ingenuity.
The Mount Waddington Fall Fair is open to everyone in the community and the committee works hard to make sure everyone has the opportunity to take part. Advertising and media promotion via newspaper and posters starts in spring encouraging people to plan ahead, especially for exhibiting. Schools are visited and invited to submit student work as exhibits. Entry fees for children and seniors are waived and adults pay only $0.25 per entry.
Rotarians, Lions Club, Junior Rangers and other service groups help with set up, convening, transportation, equipment, decorating, security, and tear down. Judges are all community members (about 60).
Local musicians, dancers and other performers provide entertainment throughout the weekend intended to showcase the talent of the North Island and generally provide a welcoming and local atmosphere.
Please come and join us and live the experience that is the Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair.