The Country Celebration is a community fair with animals, market vendors and live entertainment at Langley’s Campbell Valley Regional Park in mid-September.
Country Celebration 2017
In 2017 the Country Celebration event took place on the Saturday and Sunday of September 16-17.
It’s a family-friendly event and, at least in 2017, was free.
Langley’s Country Celebration happens at Campbell Valley Regional Park which is located at 20290 16th Avenue (although that’s the north end of the park and the event takes place at the south end just off 204th Avenue). To find the venue just head to the park and then follow the event signs along the road.
Campbell Valley Regional Park is a nice and very large park. It has a number of heritage buildings, bike and walking trails, grassy fields and forested areas. It’s a popular place with both on and off-leash areas for dogs as well as trails for horseback riding.
Note about Allergies: the Country Celebration is held in a grassy field which is usually quite dry by the end of the summer (unless the rainy season has already begun). It’s a fantastic venue and most appropriate for a “country farm” fair. It’s not necessarily so perfect, however, for anyone that suffers from hay fever or serious seasonal allergies, nor allergies to sheep and other farm critters (although the animals are easy to keep your distance from).
Click Park Map for a map of Campbell Valley Regional Park.
What Happens at the Country Celebration?
The Country Celebration is very much a “country fair.” There are farm animals to admire, musicians to listen to, market vendors to buy from, informational booths to learn from and all kinds of family-friendly activities.
Most years at the Country Celebration there are close to a dozen different food vendors selling everything from corn dogs to ice cream, kettle corn and perogies, as well as close to four dozen or so market vendors and exhibitors.
Typical participants in the fair’s artisan market include vendors selling honey, handmade jewellery and a wide variety of different products. Exhibitors with informational booths include groups like the RCMP, BC Farm Museum, Campbell Valley equestrian and park societies, animal protection and rescue agencies, and other local community organizations.
Country fair-type activities for children at the event include pony rides, a straw maze, mini petting zoo, caged animals to look at, and multiple stations with kid-appropriate activities. Animals you’ll find at the Country Celebration include sheep, pigs, ponies, chickens, geese and goats, plus the occasional dog walking around with his or her owner.
In short, the Country Celebration is a real live country fair! It’s simple and not huge, but authentic.
Country Celebration Entertainment
Live entertainment runs both days at the Country Celebration from around 10:30 in the morming until 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The schedule for the festival stage in 2017 was the following:
- 10:30 am – Myrtle Sisters: a fun, family band of entertainers that are appropriate for all ages.
- 11:20 am – The Blues Berries: a pair of young Blues musicians.
- 12:10 pm – 5 on a String: a talented local group of Bluegrass musicians.
- 1:10 pm – Myrtle Sisters
- 2:00 pm – The Blues Berries
- 2:45 – Mike Battie: a juggler and stage entertainer.
- 3:30 pm – 5 on a String
- 10:30 am – Deanna Knight: a talented singer and her Swing and Gypsy Jazz band.
- 11:20 am – Bobs and Lolo: a popular pair of children’s entertainers.
- 12:10 pm – Cosmic Wink: a pair of string musicians
- 1:10 pm – Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars
- 2:00 pm – Bobs and Lolo
- 2:45 pm – Harrison Lee: a young school-aged celebrity yo-yo master
- 3:30 – Cosmic Wink
Tips and Advice
Below is a list of tips and additional information to help you make the most out of your experience at the Country Celebration.
- TIP #1: Unless you live close by, Campbell Valley Regional Park is the kind of place you really need to drive to. There is a considerable amount of parking at the venue though, which is great, as they rope off a field and turn it into a parking lot.
- TIP #2: If you have young children, this is a great event to take them to. It’ll show them what a real “country fair” looks like.
- TIP #3: The petting zoo is outside in the open, as are the pony rides and sheep-herding demonstrations when they occur. Other animals though are on display in cages indoors, so be sure to explore what’s inside the old barn buildings. Also, check out the owl or other feathered critter at the animal rescue booth.
- TIP #4: If members of your group are age 19+ and like wine, don’t forget that Langley is winery country! A number of vineyards are in the area, including Vista d’Oro which is just down the road at 346-208th Street. Chaberton Estate Winery is also nearby, as are a number of others. For a list of area wineries to tour, click Lower Mainland Wineries.
For more information about the venue, click Campbell Valley Regional Park.