The 85th Provincial Winter Fair will take place this weekend at the Circle Creek Ranch and Equestrian Centre, at 2175 Running Horse Ranch Rd. just off Highway 5A before Knutsford.
The event — which will run from Friday, Sept. 22 through Monday, Sept. 25 — will feature 4-H members, musicians, students and vendors.
Friday through Sunday has events geared toward the public, while Monday’s focus is on live auctions or those in the industry.
The weekend is the culmination of the year’s work for 4-H members with beef, poultry, sheep, horse and photography projects. They will be joined by open exhibitors also showing off their animal husbandry and ranch livestock.
These 4-H members have raised their projects — feeding them, learning to care for them and preparing to compete with them since the beginning of the year.
Judging will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the Parade of Fair Champions set for Monday at 9:30 p.m., after which a live auction of the animals will be held.
In addition to the 4-H activities, fairgoers can participate in facepainting and enjoy the Global Pet Foods’ SuperDogs (show times are Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
There will also be a kids’ zone for younger visitors and the return of the open horse show.
Also returning is the third annual Grapes and Grill event, which will take place on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring donated local beef and lamb from the Riverbend Orchard and the Brandon family, coupled with local wines. Tickets for the age 19-plus event are $30.
More information about the Provincial Winter Fair can be found online at provincialwinterfair.com.