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Agrifair certainly did Celebrate Family & Community

by Abbotsford Agrifair | August 13th, 2018 |    1222comments

August 13, 2018

Agrifair certainly did Celebrate Family & Community

(Abbotsford, BC) Team Agrifair is exhausted and for good reason, preliminary numbers show attendance
was up 25%.

President Bob Street stated, “The last time we hit 40,000 plus guests was in 2008 when we celebrated BC’s 150th birthday and that was when Agrifair was a five day fair not three!”

New shows were definitely a contributor to the increase; Spanky & Dally, Dock Dogs, Logger Sport Competition and especially the RCMP Musical Ride.

The last time the Ride was at Agrifair was in 2009, having it attend and be part of the salute to first responders was a perfect match. The Ride performed four times over the weekend with salutes taken from Police Chief Rich, Deputy Fire Chief Bird, and Military Veteran Keith Rollie. With the largest attendance on Saturday afternoon with the Davidson Family salute.

“We must recognize that the RCMP Musical Ride was a great draw for the community and surrounding area,” states Fair Manager Melanie Kish. “Agrifair is growing and becoming an event people from all over the lower mainland, including Vancouver and Richmond, are being drawn to. It’s an event Abbotsford can be very proud of.”

Kish further stated, “2017 attendance was just under 34,000. We are almost finished tallying all the numbers and show 42,500 for 2018. This could increase slightly as there are in-house sales to account for. Our year end is September 30th; we will have solid numbers by then and be close to seeing how the attendance did for our financial picture.”

President Street added, “Without the support of our Mayor and Council, the citizens of Abbotsford, our generous sponsors, dedicated volunteers including my fellow directors and Melanie’s vision of a great fair, this success would not be possible.”

Planning for 2019 is already in the works with Campbell Motorsports presenting a Truck and Tractor pull. Fifteen years ago Brad Campbell presented the Pull at Agrifair, NOW he’s back to do a bigger, better and louder show for Agrifair 2019 – themed “where memories are made”.

Source: Melanie Kish, Abbotsford Agrifair 



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