Saanich Fair of­fers lots of free ac­tiv­i­ties

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Re: “The fare for the fair is un­fair,” let­ter, Sept. 10. There is lots free for kids at the Saanich Fair — horse show, dog agility, draft horses, llama-pet­ting, lead a don­key in the ring. Pigs are fun to watch. Kids’ Zone is a huge draw. In the RCMP build­ing can be found Lego and box-top gar­den­ing, all made by kids (all get a rib­bon).

They can see rab­bits be­ing groomed for the show, baby chicks be­ing hatched. They can milk a make-be­lieve cow and pet a real Jersey cow.

You can teach your kids how to shop for food in the “store” cor­ner. Among the old farm en­gines you can ac­tu­ally make and take home for free a five-foot piece of rope for skip­ping or as a lead for your dog. There’s an elas­tic-band pad­dle­wheel boat race across a large pond, and the first across gets a free juice box.

The list goes on. These are all free and run by vol­un­teers.

You can buy lo­cal berries for $8.50, or you can stop by the road­side on the way home and pick black­ber­ries for free.

Have you taken a fam­ily of four to the movies lately? Judy Wal­lace Vic­to­ria

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