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. 2021 details are to be determined.
Agassiz Fall Fair
In 2020 the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival was going to take place on Saturday, September 19th. 2021 details will likely be comparable, if it is able to take place again.
Most years the fair runs on Saturday from 8:30 am until about 10 pm (although the rides finish at around 8 o’clock).
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 2020, the Fall Fair would have been running for 116 years and the Corn Festival would be in its 72nd 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 $2.50 for folk ages 12 and older.
On the Saturday, admission to the fairgrounds is usually around $10 for adults at the gate but $6 or so for tickets purchased in advance. Also on the Saturday, children ages 6 to 11 cost $5 and little ones ages 5 and under are free.
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, however, cost about $35 on the Friday and $40 on the Saturday. These are the 2019 prices, which were the same as the year before and the year before that. Hopefully this will be the case in 2021.
Parking & Shuttle Service
Parking in the area at the fair is free, but spaces are limited. There is a free shuttle service from 9 to 6 pm on Saturday, however, 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.
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 both days 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.
The midway amusement rides usually run from 1 to 8 pm on the Saturday.
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.
The Fair is looking at putting some of their classic events like the crowning of the Corn King/Queen online for 2020. For more details, see the Fair Facebook Page.
For more information about the event, see the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival‘s website.