The Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival is a community event with a midway, parade, live music and an agricultural theme in the Fraser Valley in September.
The Fall Fair was cancelled in 2020 due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus. The event returned in 2021 and took place on Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th. Although the 19th was not listed as an official fair date, the midway was scheduled to be active that day as well.
Agassiz Fall Fair
In 2020 the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival was going to take place on Saturday, September 19th. The 2021 dates were September 17th and 18th.
Most years the fair runs on Saturday from 8:30 am until about 10:00 pm (although the rides finish at around 8 o’clock). In 2021 the fair didn’t open until 11:00 am on Saturday but it still ran until 10:00 pm.
2022 fair dates and details are to be confirmed.
Fall Fair Location
Every year the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival happens indoors at the Agricultural Hall at 6800 Pioneer Avenue and outside at the fairgrounds next door, both of which are just a few blocks west of the main part of the small town of Agassiz.
Agassiz itself is a small agricultural community in the Municipality of Kent in the Eastern Fraser Valley. It’s about 25 km northeast of Chilliwack, 8 km south of Harrison Hot Springs and close to 125 km east of Vancouver.
About the Fall Fair
Hosted by the Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association, the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival features a carnival midway and various agricultural-related activities. Although nowadays combined into one event, in 2021 the Fall Fair celebrated its 117th year and the Corn Festival celebrated its 73rd year!
In years when the event does take place, admission to the fairgrounds at the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival is usually free on the Friday, but admission to the Exhibit Hall is about $3 for folk ages 12 and older.
On the Saturday, admission to the fairgrounds is usually around $10 for adults at the gate. Children ages 6 to 11 cost $5 and little ones ages 5 and under are free. In 2021 all tickets for the fair were to be purchased with cash only.
Amusement Rides Cost
The fair features a number of carnival-style amusement rides which cost different amounts and for which individual tickets are available for purchase. “All you can ride” bracelets cost about $35 on the Friday and $40 on the Saturday.
Parking & Shuttle Service
Parking in the area at the fair is free, but spaces are limited. There is usually a free shuttle service from 9 to 6 pm on Saturday that goes to and from three different churches in the town that offer even more parking.
In recent years shuttle pick up and drop off have been available at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at 7237 Morrow Road, the Agassiz Christian Reformed Church at 7452 Morrow Road, and Agassiz United Church at 6860 Lougheed Highway.
Unfortunately, the shuttle service was unavailable in 2021.
Fall Fair Activities
The Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival is a small event but includes an impressive selection of things to see and do.
The midway happens on all days of the festival and features a typical selection of rides that go up and down, round and round and even right up and over. There aren’t a lot of rides, but a reasonable number and enough of a selection that there’s something for everyone.
In 2021 the midway was open from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm on the Friday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on the Saturday and 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on the Sunday. The Sunday was not listed as an official date for the fair on its website, but the midway was apparently still happening.
There was not a guarantee that the amusement rides would operate at exactly those times. In fact, they usually open a little later and close a little earlier than the rest of the midway.
Saturday activities usually include a small parade, 4H horse show, dog show, live music, corn husking and logging shows. There is also a Kids’ Zone with pony rides, mini golf, bouncy castles and other child-friendly activities.
Also on the Saturday there is live entertainment, the crowning of the “Corn King and Queen,” and the showing and/or judging of poultry, donkeys, sheep, llamas, goats and horses.
For the most up to date information check out the programming page on the Agassiz Fall Fair website.
For more information about the event in general, see the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival‘s website.