Helen Austin is just one of the many performers .

Helen Austin is just one of the many performers .

Fall Fair Variety Show at the Merville Hall

The Lonely Guys, Joey Clarkson, Helen Austin, Fiddlejam among acts

Submitted to The Record

Time to shake the mud off those high heeled gumboots and sashay on down to the Big Yellow Merville Hall on Sunday, Oct. 4, for the amazing Fall Fair Variety Show.

Following hot on the heels of the daytime Fall Fair Farmers’ Market, the show, starting at 6 p.m., will feature a slew of local performers together with Valley icons such as The Lonely Guys, Joey Clarkson, Helen Austin, Fiddlejam, Mary Murphy and Paul Keim.

Surprise guests will even enter into the fray so be sure to get there early to snag a refreshment and secure a seat.

Local historians, like Harold Macy, will help to keep the audience riveted to their seats while he reveals little known historical tidbits from the dark recesses of Merville’s and Black Creek’s distant past.

MC Edwin Grieve will keep the action lively between the multitude of short, rapid fire musical sets as he jokes with the audience and commands his harried helper, Craig Freetoscurry, to scuttle about gathering the many prizes that fairgoers will be winning during the Variety Show’s draws and contests.  Edwin will definitely need a glass of Gladstone to keep his whistle wet.

So far, there are over 30 entertainers signed up to rock your socks off so bring an extra pair if you want to stagger home with warm feet.  Many generous citizens have donated prizes to help with the event as they are all interested in helping the Merville Hall site become a tourist heritage village with a focus on agricultural tourism.

Kick-off event

From 40 Knots Winery to Glen Alwin Beef & Lamb to Merville Organics, there is a vast range of food based products that are contributing to the wealth of the Comox Valley. The three-acre Merville Hall site is right on the tourist route between Courtenay and Campbell River and could be an obvious destination for tourists to aim for when they are looking to find out where all the delicious local food producers are located. All we need to do is to turn the site into an exciting and educational community and tourist hot spot for the Comox Valley.

The Merville Hall Fall Fair Variety Show is the kick off event for this ambitious plan so come on out and support the whole community.

Cost is $5 adult and $10 for a family.  Volunteers, free.  FMI contact Craig at 339-4249.