The fun kicks off on Friday Sept 30th with a guided walking tour of the historic Village. Explore the streets and alleys of the Village and learn about the trials and triumphs of the small but mighty Village of Cumberland. The tour takes approx 90 minutes and is by donation to the Cumberland Museum. Then, grab a bite to eat at one of many tasty Village establishments and head over to the Masonic Hall for the 3rd annual Fall Fair Follies. Don’t miss this mad-capped showcase of the weird and wonderful, featuring the unusual talents of villagers. Be prepared to sing along, laugh out loud and even squirm in your seat. Admission is by donation. Doors open at 7 with showtime at 7:30 sharp!
On Saturday head out for the Fair at the corner of 1st and Dunsmuir! Live music, harvest vendors, family painting projects, workshops, dance performances, a pie contest and cake auction, craft beer and bratwurst BBQ, heritage food traditions, crafts and games and so much more await residents and visitors. Things kick off at 10 am and the fun runs all day long!
Try your hand at the old fashioned apple press, learn about bee keeping and mushroom foraging, take a guided tour of historic Chinatown or a family nature walk, get your family involved in a forest art project, hear stories around the campfire, take part in a scavenger hunt, join in a tug of war or just kick back with a beer and listen to live music all day long. Performers include Captain Thunderpants,a Youth Music Showcase, Luke Blu Guthrie, Tereza Tomek, The Emily Cars and Cumberland’s own Perseverance Creek.
Bakers of all ages can get involved by entering the Cumberland Pie of the Year Contest or contributing a cake to the Silent Cake Auction. Show off your baking skills and creativity and help raise funds for the Cumberland Forest.
People’s Choice voting and bidding takes place from 12 till 3 pm in the OAP Hall. Then at 4 pm come back to be part of the official judging and the yummy tasting!
“The Foggy Mountain Fall Fair is all about community engagement and celebration.” says Anna Rambow, outreach coordinator for the Cumberland Museum. “We are so delighted to have so many community organizations involved in making this event happen. The organizing team is made up of the Cumberland Museum, the Cumberland Forest and Comox Valley Arts, but there are so many others involved who bring the Fair to life. The Cumberland Community Schools Society, MARS, Cumberland Bear Initiative, Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society, Elevate the Arts, Cumberland Brewing Company, United Riders of Cumberland and many others have embraced the vision of a community fall fair in Cumberland.”
The fun doesn’t end after all the pie is gone. After dinner on Saturday you can head to the Masonic Hall for a 7pm theatrical performance from Theatreworks called “Coal Town Remembered”. Admission by donation and this original play explore the stories and experiences of the children in Cumberland back in the coal mining days.
“The Foggy Mountain Fall Fair is a great opportunity for Comox Valley Arts to help facilitate grassroots cultural activity in our community. The support and engagement of the organizing partners and from Heritage Canada help to make this event vibrant, engaging, fun and best of all – free to the public, ” says Dallas Stevenson, Executive Director of Comox Valley Arts.
Keep your eyes out for other great activities in the Village including live music events, art shows and a big yard sale at Cumberland United Church. A detailed schedule of events, performer bios and other important details can be found at comoxvalleyarts.com.