Canning Days Fair planned for this weekend

Jennifer Vardy Little
Published on July 15, 2014

Landen Dechman plays in the bouncy castle during Canning Days. 

From flea markets to horse pulls, there’s something for everyone at Canning Days.

Marjorie Smith, one of the organizers of the annual event, says she’s hoping to see lots of vendors set up in the Canning Arena.

“There will be all kinds of things there,” Smith said. “It’s a very popular thing.”

Admission is by freewill offering and all funds raised at the flea market get poured right back into next year’s event, she added.

Canning Days, which runs from July 18-20, gets underway with an evening of entertainment, the Little Miss Canning competition and is topped off by fireworks.

Local band The Bandits will be back again this year.

“They’re all local, they love Canning, and this is something they like to do to support the community. They’ve been with us since the start,” Smith said.

On the second day, the flea market, the always-popular horse pull and the parade will be held.

The parade is open to everyone, she said. There’s no charge to participate and people can just come and have fun. This year’s theme is new and old and Smith hopes that some local farmers will join in with their equipment.

“Sunday is the kid’s day,” Smith adds, and will include a bike rodeo held in conjunction with Canning Rec. A face painter will be on hand sand someone will be making balloon animals.

Smith and her husband have been the driving force behind the community fair for several years now. Their daughter was crowned Princess Canning in the Apple Blossom Festival, and while all other communities had a special day for their princess to shine, Canning did not.

“It was too late for her that year, we couldn’t make it happen for her, but we could for other girls,” Smith said.

From there, the idea of a community celebration was born.

“This is our hometown, and we have to support it,” she added.

And in case of inclement weather? No problem. Most events can be moved inside of the arena, Smith says.

“We’re hoping the weather co-operates, but if it doesn’t, everything except the fireworks can be moved inside, and we’ll just have a rain date for those,” she said.

To book a flea market table, call 698-5602 or call the Canning rec office. Tickets are $5 for a table for the day. 

See this week's edition of The Advertiser for the full schedule of events.