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Salt Spring Fall Fair Needlepoint Entry

The Salt Spring Fall Fair celebrates the agriculture & artistry of this destination in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada.

This year’s Salt Spring Island Fall Fair, one of the oldest such fairs of the Gulf Islands and British Columbia, will be held September 15 & 16, 2012.  Over 9,000 attended last year’s event, so now is the time to make your travel plans and secure your Gulf Islands lodging.

The Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute, organizers of this annual farm fair on charming Salt Spring Island, have christened the 2012 festival “From Barns to Yarns” (both the wool and storytelling variety of the latter) and hailed their efforts as a deliberate return to its roots, emphasizing the agricultural experience over the electronic marketing of it.

The 2012 lineup of events, competitions, entertainment, games, demonstrations and exhibitions certainly show that the agricultural core of the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair is alive, well, and ready to entertain and educate fair-goers.

Salt Spring Farm Fair Offers Family-Friendly Fun over Two Days

The schedule as of August 15, 2012 includes:


Agricultural Competitions

  • BeekeepingBeekeeping
  • Eggs
  • Mechanical Restorations
  • Scarecrows

Livestock Competitions

  • Miniature HorsesAlpacas
  • Cattle
  • Goats
  • Horses & Miniature Horses
  • Llamas
  • PoultryPoultry
  • Rabbits & Cavies (Guinea Pig)
  • Sheep
  • Swine

Livestock & Agricultural DemonstrationsSheep Dog

  • 4-H
  • Horse Show
  • Sheep Dogs

Pet Parade

  • Best Dressed CatCats
  • Dogs
  • Exotic Pets
  • Best Dressed

Produce Competitions

  • Field Crops, Flowers, Fruits & Vegetables
  • produce contestGreenery
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Potted Plants
  • Longest Lasting Rose Bloom
  • People’s Choice Award for Sweetest Apple

Horticulture Competitions

  • Family Garden
  • Produce Basket

Arts Competitions & PresentationsBonsai

  • Basketry
  • Bonsai
  • Culinary
    • Baking (from rustic bread to professionally decorated cake)
    • Preserving (fruit, meat & vegetables)floral art
  • Floral, Fruit & Vegetable Art
  • Hobby Arts
  • Homemade Wine, Beer & Cider
  • weavingNeedlework
  • Photography
  • Salt Spring Painters Guild Display
  • Spinning & Weaving


  • Food Concessionaires
  • Games of Chance


  • food preservationsBasics of Backyard Chickens
  • Beekeeping
  • Food Preservation
  • Growing Mushrooms
  • Harvesting Maple Syrup
  • horsemanshipHorsemanship
  • How to Judge the Sweetest Apple
  • Organic Growing Tips
  • Saving Garden Seeds


  • Dog Agility
  • Garden Tractor Pull
  • Muffin Madness at Salt Spring Farm FairMuffin Madness – predict where the cow will drop its “muffin” on a grid to win a prize!
  • Rooster Calling Contest
  • Zucchini Races – all you need is a zucchini, two axels and four wheels – zucchini mechanics will be available at the fair!

Salt Spring Island Fall Fair Offers a Scenic BC Gulf Islands Location

Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute & Fairground
351 Rainbow Road
Salt Spring Island, BC

The fairground is convenient to and from:

  • Crofton, BC via the ferry to Vesuvius Bay
  • Galiano Island, BC via the Sturdies Bay ferry to Long Harbour, and
  • Victoria, BC via the Swartz Bay ferry to Fulford Harbour

A free bus shuttle to the fairgrounds is available downtown at the Visitor Information Centre at 10:00 AM each day of the festival.

More information about family-oriented and fun event is available at the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair website.

Choose BC Gulf Islands Lodging That’s as Unique as a Prize-Winning Pumpkin

Kootenay Rockies Bed and Breakfast Inns

Enjoy a little pampering to go along with the rural charms of the Salt Spring Fall Fair when you stay at a bed & breakfast inn in the BC Gulf Islands.

Our BC Gulf Islands Bed and Breakfast inns offer you a distinctly personalized lodging experience as you enjoy the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair and all the Gulf Islands region of British Columbia has to offer.

Choose from a wide range of breakfast options, cozy guest rooms designed for your comfort, and the singular cordiality & area knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across British Columbia’s Gulf Islands.

What’s Your Salt Spring Island Fall Fair Expectation or Experience?

The Salt Spring Island Fall Fair has been held annually since 1895 and has, in that time, grown to become one the most successful agricultural events in British Columbia, Canada.

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past Salt Spring Island Fall Fairs.