The fourth annual Community Fall Fair was a beautiful fall day with lots of laughter and smiles.

 

The smell of pumpkin spice filled the air  as the fire pits crackled at the Calgary Stampede’s fourth annual Community Fall Fair.

“The day was a great chance for the community to gather in beautiful ENMAX Park and welcome fall,” said Todd Hawkwood, Chair, Community Projects & Development committee at the Calgary Stampede. “We had more than 50 local vendors and artisans, great entertainment on the stage, and our volunteer committees came out and showed the community what they do a little differently. The Historical committee put together an incredible display, commemorating the 1919 Victory Stampede, which was held in September. The display really showcased how the city came together in a time of uncertainty and celebrated as a community.”

The day featured a free pumpkin spiced pancake breakfast, entertainment, more than 50 vendors in the local market and games and crafts.

The sun was shining and the energy was contagious, as guests enjoyed arts and crafts, dressing up scarecrows, lawn games and a kiss or two from Manny the Llama.

Young guests enjoy petting the Miniature Donkeys!

“This is our first year coming and we will definitely be back next year. There are great activities for the kids and I was even able to get a little early Christmas shopping done at the market,” said Sarah Raycroft, a guest who brought her family to the fair for the day.

The local market featured more than 50 vendors and artisans.

“We loved the entertainment, especially the First Nations dancing. It was something our kids had never seen before, so getting to share that new experience with them was really neat.”

New this year, as part of the entertainment lineup, guests got to see the top six First Nations Princess contestants dance in what was their final judged competition before the crowning on Sunday, September 22, 2019. The six Royal Trio competitors could also be found around the fair, volunteering at various activities and interacting with guests.

Five of the six First Nations Princess competitors after their performances on the Sweetgrass Lodge stage.

“This event was a great opportunity for the contestants to show their skills as ambassadors of the Stampede and really get a sense of how we engage with the community, which is a vital part of their role if they are selected as a member of the Stampede Royalty,” added Hawkwood.

One of the top six Royalty competitors helps a young guest dress a scarecrow!

The Community Fall Fair is held the third Saturday of September in ENMAX Park, located along the east bank of the Elbow River.
“Thank you to the vendors, entertainers, members of the Stampede family and of course – our community for coming out and showing the great spirit of our city,” said Hawkwood.

Check out the highlights from the day: