The inaugural Heritage Fall Fair at the Merville Hall goes Sunday, Oct. 4 from noon to 9 p.m.
Organizers say it promises to be a bushel full of fun for the whole family. “It may sound crazy to have a gumboot event in the actual fall, but, that is just how crazy we are down at the Big Yellow Merville Hall,” a spokesperson said.
This event celebrates our land of plenty in the Comox Valley. With the abundance of growers, tours and events, this area is fast becoming our very own Tuscany. The Merville Hall site shows promise as a future hub of activity for the surrounding area agri-tourism region – the Big Yellow Hall, 100 year old Stolen Church, Manse, three acres of land – all key ingredients that will add value for the destination.
From 1-5 p.m. there will be plenty of growers on the Big Yellow Merville Hall grounds. Farmers from around the Valley will be showcasing and selling their product and you can wet your whistle while strolling around and sampling beverages from Gladstone Brewery, 40 Knots Winery and Beaufort Estate Winery.
There will be plenty of fun throughout the grounds with entertainers, displays of heritage machinery and classic autos and maybe a horse-drawn hayride. Local artists, authors and historians will recount the history of the area.
And there will be old fashioned contests such as sack, three-legged and egg-on-a-spoon races, and a scavenger hunt that will keep families vying for unusual prizes. A mighty Tug ‘o’ War between the Bonnie Black Creekers and the Mighty Mervillites will determine which community will win the treasured Golden Gumboot trophy.
As the sun sets, there will be plenty of talent on stage in the Merville Hall. The local variety show will keep the audience entertained from 6-9 p.m. with music, comedy, and dance. In between acts, Harold Macy, the Bard of Merville, will have an endless parade of poets and storytellers to keep us amused. All performers, young and old, are invited to strut their stuff. And “entertainers from away” will be made citizens of Merville/Black Creek for the day so that they can legally participate.
Everyone is invited and old-time prices will be in effect. For just $10, farmers can sign up to reserve a table. Folks who have heritage equipment and items to display can have a space for free. The evening Variety Show is $5 for adults or $10 for the whole family.
Those that wish to volunteer their time or ideas are invited to contact us. To reserve your table, display space or spot in the talent show, contact Dawn at email@example.com or Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org