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Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo

Chilliwack Fair & Rodeo

The Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo is a country fair and agricultural exhibition that features farm animals, concerts and antique displays in August.

Chilliwack Fair 2018

In 2018 the Chilliwack Fair celebrates its 146th year on the weekend of August 10th to 12th.

Chilliwack Fair Location

The event takes place at the Chilliwack Heritage Park at 7590 Lickman Road in the town of Chilliwack which is located in the Fraser Valley. It’s close to 100 km from downtown Vancouver, or just over an hour’s drive (in good traffic).

Shipped Waterfront Festival

Fair Hours & Admission

The Chilliwack Fair is open from 10 am until 10 pm on both the Friday and Saturday, and from 10 am until 5 pm on the Sunday.

Tickets at the gate cost $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and youth (ages 6-18). Families (with up to 2 adults) can get in for $30 and children ages 5 and under are free.

TIP: If you buy your tickets in advance you’ll save a couple of dollars (except on family passes which are still $30).

Horse Competition at Chilliwack Fair

Chilliwack Fair Activities

The Chilliwack Fair is a fairly typical small-town country fair with farm animals to look at both outdoors and in buildings, vendors selling home and garden products, and country fair competitions. There are pig races, horse shows, agricultural demonstrations, magic shows and various forms of live entertainment.

At the fair there are also pony rides and carriage rides as well as cooking, First Nations wood carving and sheep shearing demonstrations. Animals to look at include everything from cows to chickens to llamas. There is also a model railway to see.

What you won’t find at the Chilliwack Fair is a midway with mechanized amusement rides. There are bouncy castles, however, plus lots of other fun activities for children.

Bouncy Castles at Chilliwack Fair
Kids’ Zone with Bouncy Castles at Chilliwack Fair

2018 Fair Program Schedule

In addition to the various animal shows and competitions, the following are some of the highlights of the 2018 Chilliwack Fair:

Friday, August 10, 2018

  • 11:30 am – Richard’s Racers Pig Races
  • 1:00 pm – Magic Show (with Gary Savard in the Barn 2)
  • 1:00 pm – Lumberjack Show with the Laughing Loggers
  • 2:00 pm – Parade of Power
  • 2:30 pm – Richard’s Racers Pig Races
  • 3:00 pm – Magic Show (in the Barn 2)
  • 3:30 pm – Lumberjack Show with the Laughing Loggers
  • 5:00 pm – Richard’s Racers Pig Races
  • 6:00 pm – Magic Show (with Gary Savard in the Barn 2)
  • 6:30 pm – Chilliwack Rodeo (in the Grandstands)
  • 9:00 pm – Urban Deception Magic Show with Matt Johnson

Saturday, August 11, 2018

  • 10:00 am – Magic Show (in the Barn 2)
  • 11:00 am – Richard’s Racers Pig Races
  • 12:00 pm – Tractor Pull (in the Multi-Field)
  • 12:30 pm – Lumberjack Show with the Laughing Loggers
  • 2:00 pm – Richard’s Racers Pig Races
  • 2:30 pm – Magic Show (with Gary Savard in the Barn 2)
  • 4:00 pm – Lumberjack Show with the Laughing Loggers
  • 5:00 pm – Magic Show (with Gary Savard in the Barn 2)
  • 5:00 pm – Richard’s Racers Pig Races
  • 6:00 pm – Chilliwack Rodeo (in the Grandstands)
  • 9:00 pm – The Hip Show

Sunday, August 12, 2018

  • 10:00 am – Magic Show (in the Barn 2)
  • 10:30 am – Richard’s Racers Pig Races
  • 12:00 pm – NOW Roller Derby Girls (in the Barn 2)
  • 1:00 pm – Richard’s Racers Pig Races
  • 1:30 pm – Chilliwack Rodeo (in the Grandstands)
  • 2:00 pm – Lumberjack Show with the Laughing Loggers
  • 3:00 pm – Richard’s Racers Pig Races
  • 4:00 pm – Magic Show (with Gary Savard in the Barn 2)
Richards Racers Pigs in Action
Richards Racers Pig Races

Full 2018 Chilliwack Fair Schedules

For a more complete outline of what happens on the different days, including animal shows and other events like cooking demonstrations and special kids’ activities, check out the following schedules:

Chilliwack Rodeo

At the Chilliwack Fair there is also a small rodeo which runs for a couple of hours each day. On the Friday it starts at 6:30 pm, on Saturday at 6:00 pm and on the Sunday at 1:30 pm. Barrel racing also takes place at various times throughout the day on the Saturday.

Events at the Chilliwack Rodeo include bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, steer wrestling and calf roping.

Barrel Racing at Chilliwack Rodeo
Barrel Racing at the Chilliwack Rodeo

Atchelitz Pioneer Village

The Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association is an organization that preserves farm equipment and other artifacts of historical significance. They run the Atchelitz Pioneer Village which features a small museum, displays of old agricultural equipment and an outdoor village featuring a collection of heritage buildings.

Admission to the Atchelitz Pioneer Village is by donation. Be sure to check it out while you’re at the fair!

Atchelitz Pioneer Village
Atchelitz Pioneer Village

Other Information

For more information on the agricultural exhibition, see the Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo website.

For information on the region and other things to do in the area, click Chilliwack or the  Fraser Valley.

For a list of other major events in the Lower Mainland, check out Vancouver’s August Calendar or click Festivals & Events.