David Fontaine and son Noah inspect one of the working antique engines at the Country Celebration. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

VIDEO: An old-fashioned fair at the Country Celebration in Langley

Annual event draws hundreds to Campbell Valley Park

A classic country fair with a well-established history drew hundreds to the Campbell Valley Regional Park at 20290 16 Avenue in Langley over the weekend.

It was the 39th annual “Country Celebration” event.

It also happened to mark the 50th anniversary of the Metro Vancouver regional parks system, which is why admission was free this year.

“This is actually one of our first regional parks in the system,” said Vanessa Lee, a park interpretation specialist with the Metro Vancouver Regional Park system.

“(The Country Celebration) started as a connecting-to-nature event and it’s kind of evolved to highlight the agricultural aspects of Langley.”

The event featured a market with local farmers and artisans, plus a variety of exhibitors providing information on local community activities, along with games and craft-making for kids .

There were new elements like a pony ride and a sheep herding demonstration as well as perennial favourites like antique farm engines, and a giant hay maze.

“You’re learning about grassland animals as you’re going through it (the maze)” Lee said.

Visitors were encouraged to help reduce waste by bringing their own cutlery, mug and bags for the local crafts and produce market.

Turnout appeared up from previous year, thanks to relatively good weather conditions — sunny and warm on Saturday with some clouds and dampness on Sunday.

“It’s not too hot and not too cold,” Lee said.

Since it began, the Metro Vancouver’s regional parks system has grown to cover 14,500 hectares of forests, fields, rivers and beaches .

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Members of the Fraser Valley Potters Guild Association prepare pieces for firing in a Raku kiln at the weekend Country Celebration in Campbell Valley Park in Langley. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

“Dixie Honey” of the “I Love Hoola Hoops” team warms up prior to a performance at the Country Celebration at Campbel Valley Park in Langley. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

The Myrtle Sisters performed at the annual Country Celebration fair in Langley. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Three-year-old Silas Mattioli goes for a pony ride at the Country Celebration fair at Campbell Valley Park. Tyler Garratt walks him through it. Dan Ferguson Langley Times