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Pemberton Country Fair this Saturday

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This Saturday, Sept. 10, the Pemberton Heritage Museum hosts the 3 rd Annual Pemberton Country Fair. Gates open for the by-donation event at 10 a.m. and the festivities continue until 4 p.m.

The fair, presented by the Pemberton Women’s Institute, showcases the community’s cottage industries and provides an avenue for introducing people to organic produce grown in the valley.

Among the agricultural producers participating in this year’s fair are Helmers Organic Farm, Across the Creek Organics and Moon Organic farm.

Local artisans, such as potter Meg Gallup, make up a considerable portion of the event’s vendors, many of whom have work featured in the museum’s gift shop.

"It's incredible who comes out of the woodwork for the fair. We’ve got a lot of talented people in the community," said co-ordinator Sue Henry.

Henry herself is one of those talented people whose wares will be on display. A fibre artist, she will be demonstrating a variety spinning techniques. She and fellow artist, Renate Bareham have spun yarn from materials ranging from llama wool to cornhusks.

Onsite food will include home baking from the Pemberton Women’s Institute and Pemberton Organic Coffee. And while enjoying their treats, attendees will have a chance to take in some great local music. Entertainment for the day includes performances by the guitar ensemble Chicks with Picks and First Nations blues performer Tip.

Kids will get an opportunity to pet llamas and alpacas, while their parents can take in exhibits from local wildlife and conservation organizations.

Museum exhibits, which include a number of original buildings filled with late 19 th and early 20 th century artifacts, will also be open during the fair.

Last year the event drew an estimated crowd of 1200.

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