Agrifair comes back to Abbotsford this weekend

Annual event includes a variety of activities for the whole family

The 2016 Agrifair kicks off on Friday in Abbotsford.

The 2016 Agrifair kicks off on Friday in Abbotsford.

Agrifair takes place at Abbotsford Exhibition Park this weekend.

The fair runs from Friday to Sunday and offers a new feature this year – the Fraserway RV Family Fun Building. The location is free with admission to the fair and includes mini golf, a rock climbing wall, a play station area, a reading area, Science World shows, arts and crafts, and more.

Free diapers, wipes and water are also available in the building.

Also new are the Segway education and road safety zone, the Drifting Go-Kart area and chariot racing teams.

Returning favourites to Agrifair incude Richard’s Racing pigs and ducks, mini chuckwagon races, pony rides, a midway, and the West Coast Lumberjack Show.

The Motorsports Show featuring a demolition derby and Global FMX bike show takes place Friday evening and twice on Saturday and Sunday.

The Agrifair grounds will also include roving entertainment such as clowns, magicians, drum bands, balloon artists and Gallery 7 Theatre with on-site games.

Featured on the main stage will be Fraser Valley Music Award performers and a new family comedy show from Yuk Yuk’s comedy club, while each night ends with a movie shown at dusk on a 33-foot screen.

The fair also features 4H shows and competitions all weekend, as well as antique farm machinery displays and demos.

Earlier this year, Agrifair organizers announced that, in order to save money following a $51,000 deficit in 2015, they were cancelling the rodeo that had previously been part of the event for several years.

They also indicated that the fair would be reduced from four days to three, and that more family-friendly activities would be added.

Agrifair runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (gates close at 10 p.m.) each day. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors, and free for kids 10 and under. A three-day wristband is $15.

Additional fees apply for midway rides and games. Visit agrifair.ca for more information.

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