Sowing a seed for fair

Port Alice volunteers needed to bring the Fall Fair to the Village next year.

As he brought the annual Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair to a close in Port McNeill Sunday afternoon, Malcolm Fleeton assured the audience there will be a fair again in 2014.

But he was unable to identify its location.

The fair has roots in each of the North Island’s three “Port” communities, and is scheduled to rotate to Port Alice next September.

However, local volunteers who headed the Port Alice fair committee in its last appearance there, in 2011, will not be back to take on the duties. If a new coordinator is not found in Port Alice, Fleeton said Port Hardy will take on the fair.

It is our hope that somebody — or, better yet, a group of somebodies — will rise to the occasion in Port Alice and maintain the village’s turn.

Interested, but unfamiliar with putting on an event of this type? No problem. A number of current fair committee members, including Fleeton and his wife, Brenda, stand ready to provide assistance and direction.

Any new director will have plenty of backing, with set-up, judging, entertainment and more.

Port Alice has a rich history of community involvement and has always been great about throwing its doors open to its neighbours.

And with its arena conveniently located next to the recently renovated Community Centre, Port Alice also boasts the ideal facilities.

Hope to see you all there next season.