AGRIFAIR: Roll into the Magnuson Extreme Wheels Arena

The Magnuson Extreme Wheels Arena will feature a stunt bike demo, a roller derby team, and world class skateboarders.

Steve Dickin makes leap of faith over Jeff Anderson. The two are members of the Trial Stars bike group which returns to Agrifair this year.

Steve Dickin makes leap of faith over Jeff Anderson. The two are members of the Trial Stars bike group which returns to Agrifair this year.

The Magnuson Extreme Wheels Arena will feature a stunt bike demo, a roller derby team, and world class skateboarders.

 

Stunt bikes

The Trial Stars Bike Demo Team have been a part of Agrifair for many years. In the past, they have entertained audiences in the KidZone (now the Fun Field) with all kinds of really cool bike tricks and stunts.

Arguably the coolest trick they do is ride over top of a teammate lying on the ground. The team is so popular to watch that people are lucky to see this stunt while sitting because usually there are no seats left.

 

Roller derby

Agrifair welcomes the Reign Valley Vixen Roller Derby Team this year. The best way to learn roller derby is to watch. All weekend long, the Valley Vixens will be doing demos, explaining the rules of the game, answering questions, even recruiting new members!

The sport’s origins date back to the 1930s, and roller derby became extremely popular in the 1940s. Modern roller derby is an international sport dominated by all-female amateur teams, in addition to a growing number of male, co-ed, and junior teams. It is being considered for the 2020 Olympics.

The Vixens are a skater-owned and operated all-girl, flat-track roller derby team. The Vixens participate in bouts all over the Lower Mainland, as well as in places like Vancouver Island, Central British Columbia, Edmonton, as well as in the States in places California and Las Vegas.

Since being founded in 2007, they have developed into a league of athletic, feisty skaters. Skaters start as Smash Test Betties, where they hone their skills until they are drafted to the senior team.

 

Skateboard

Remember the movie “Back to the Future” where Michael J. Fox’s character Marty was riding his skateboard through town, catching a ride from the back of a pickup truck? These days we also think of people jumping down stairs, sliding down rails, or blasting themselves out of ramps.

Well, forget that! This is the new future of skateboarding – experienced athletes drawing large crowds with specialized “freestyle” skateboarding.

Freestyle skateboarding requires no ramps, rails or any other special equipment other than the skateboard itself. The acrobatic tricks are so different they never cease to amaze people.

The World Round–Up Freestyle Team of Ryan Brynelson, Kevin Harris and Andy Anderson show what they can do in a unique and action-packed show!

Brynelson is the top amateur freestyle skateboarder in Canada. A 20-year-old skater from Delta, he has been perfecting his craft under the careful eye of Canada’s first professional skateboarder and 1980s legendary skater Kevin Harris. In less than four years of skateboarding, Brynelson took the crowd by surprise when he placed fourth in the amateur division at the 2010 World Championships in Philadelphia.

He then stepped it up a notch at the Freestyle World Round-Up in 2012, where he placed second against top amateurs from Japan, Australia, America and Brazil.

 

Drive One event

On Sunday, Agrifair will host a Ford Drive One event in the parking lot by Rotary Stadium.

Agrifair is a not-for-profit community organization, and is not 100 per cent funded by the city. The fair can only happen with the generous support of sponsors. Thus the board of directors spends many hours thinking of ways to raise revenues in ways which benefit both the fair and its sponsors.

Raffles have been done in the past and this year there is a Drive One event. The board is asking fairgoers to take 10 minutes of their time to drive a vehicle at the fair, so the fair can receive $20 from Ford Canada and local dealer Magnuson Ford. You can help Agrifair raise up to $6,000.

Think of all the corndogs that would buy!

To top it off, everyone who participates will be entered to win two tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre this summer.

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