Province supports agricultural fairs
Aug 24, 2013 / 10:18 am
The B.C. government is supporting agricultural fairs with an injection of cash to events such as the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong, and the Salmon Arm Fall Fair.
British Columbia's annual celebrations of rural heritage and the bounty of the land, feature great traditions such as livestock competitions, 4-H activities and red ribbon prizes for best jams, jellies and pies.
The grants were presented by Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes, who announced the project today.
This year, 20 agricultural fairs in communities throughout British Columbia will share $689,500 in gaming grants from the B.C. government.
* $100,000 - Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede (Armstrong)
* $80,000 - Abbotsford Agrifair
* $70,000 - Prince George Exhibition
* $50,000 - Lower Fraser Valley Exhibition (Surrey)
* $48,000 - Kamloops Exhibition
* $40,000 - Comox Valley Exhibition Association Fall Fair (Courtenay)
* $40,000 - Coombs Fair (Arrowsmith Agricultural Association)
* $40,000 - Vancouver Island Exhibition (Nanaimo)
* $37,000 - Salmon Arm Fall Fair
* $33,000 - Chilliwack Fair
* $30,000 - Bulkley Valley Exhibition (Smithers)
* $25,000 - North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo (Barriere)
* $22,000 - Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede
* $20,000 - Alberni District Fall Fair (Port Alberni)
* $16,500 - Lakes District Fall Fair (Burns Lake)
* $10,000 - Cranbrook Rodeo (Wycliffe Exhibition Association)
* $10,000 - Quesnel Fall Fair * $7,500 - Nicola Valley Fall Fair (Merritt)
* $5,500 - Sooke Fall Fair
* $5,000 - Grand Forks & District Fall Fair
As diverse as their host communities, agricultural fairs reflect the economic vitality and cultural legacy of farming and ranching in British Columbia. Fairs feature traditional agricultural exhibits, as well as providing valuable promotional opportunities to showcase regional economies.
In addition, participating local organizations and non-profit societies provide public education about their programs and services.
"Under the BC Jobs Plan, the B.C. government's agrifoods strategy supports economic growth by promoting British Columbia's high-quality, high-value agricultural products in domestic and international markets," said Oakes in handing out the grant money.
"Agricultural fairs showcase local agribusinesses and the jobs they support in B.C. communities."
"Agriculture is an essential part of the history and economy of British Columbia, and the first agriculture fair was held in Victoria in 1861," explained Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm. "Today, agriculture fairs continue the tradition of celebrating and showcasing our agriculture industry in communities throughout the province. I encourage all to support B.C. farmers and communities by visiting local fairs or exhibitions and buying local foods throughout the year."
Every year, the B.C. government approves $135 million in gaming grants benefitting over 5,000 local organizations representing virtually every community in the province.
Those eligible for community gaming grants include agricultural fairs, local festivals and celebrations, heritage associations and museums, arts and culture, sports, environmental organizations, human and social services, public safety, parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils.
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