Fall Fair set for Port Hardy this September

 North Island Eagle, August 12 2022

“Together Again” is the theme for this year’s Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair after two years missed due to COVID.  

The event will be held at the Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena in Port Hardy Sept. 10-11. 

Organizers are looking forward to seeing many of their usual friends and booth vendors from past fairs again.

The Fall Fair committee is happy to report that booth rentals are coming in, and Fair exhibit lists are flying out.  For those who are interested, both these documents are available at the Port Alice, McNeill, and Hardy libraries, the Port McNeill and Hardy Visitor Centres, and the Hobby Nook. You can also find them on the “Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair” Facebook page, or by phoning 250-956-0452.  

There is still a lot of room available at the fair, so think about how you could help your organization, business, or make money for yourself!

The Fall Fair as always is looking for more food booths.  If you have an idea how your organization or family could raise some money with a little home-cooking, please call us – we’d be happy to help with suggestions.

BIG NEWS for those who like to bring entries for judging:

- This year, because many crafters have been busy over the years of the pandemic, folks are allowed to enter TWO items in every craft and photography category (Sections K through O of the exhibit list).  That way we can all show off a little more of our handiwork and talents!

- There are NO entry fees at all for entering exhibits (for this year only). Normally adults have to pay a small entry fee, but we hope to encourage more folks to hunt out their favourite photos and crafts, and find out what is actually growing in their gardens this year.

We are always looking for volunteers – even an hour or two will help!

- people to help decorate the arena entrances

- people to help accept exhibit entries on Friday during the daytime

- help put out these exhibit on tables and walls on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- judges to help award ribbons on the Friday night for crafts, gardening, photos, etc.

- people to sit for one two hours selling raffle tickets or taking entry fees during  Saturday and Sunday

If you are able to help with any of the above tasks, we would love to hear from you.  

Phone 250-956-0452 or email the Fleetons at fleeton@telus.net.

We are also looking for entertainers willing to go onstage with a bit of music (or other entertaining) for a little while during Saturday or Sunday.  No previous experience required, and stage help will be available. 

Please contact the Fleetons (above) with questions and ideas.

Any questions at all about the fair – see our Facebook page or call 250-956-0452.

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Photo — Kathy O'Reilly

"Together Again’ is the theme for this year’s Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair that will be held at the arena in Port Hardy September 10-11.

Hardy Mountie ready to roll for Tour de Rock

By Kathy O'Reilly, North Island Eagle, August 12 2022

The 25th anniversary 2022 Tour de Rock team will hit the road again this fall, with a goal of raising over $600,000.

The two-week, 1,200-kilometre bike ride begins Saturday, Sept. 24 in Port Alice and ends Friday, Oct. 7 in Victoria.

“This is my first year,” said Port Hardy RCMP Const. Kyle Dornan who is currently working Indigenous police services and will have been stationed here for three years on Sept. 1.

“In 2017, I was on the Tour de North, but I didn’t get to follow through with it because of the fires in 100 Mile House,” Dornan said.

“I wasn’t able to do the training and I was working in 100 Mile.”

As soon as he heard the Tour de Rock was running on the island, and they were looking for a North Island rider, Dornan jumped on the opportunity to be a part of it and do some fund-raising.

“Personally, I have had family members who have battled with cancer and people who have received treatment,” he said. 

Over the last ten years, the success of treatments has come along by leaps and bounds which Dornan attributes to the fund-raising being done through events like the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock.

When he was up north, Dornan got to meet a family from   his church whose young son went  to Camp Goodtimes with his brother. 

“They told me about how awesome it was and how great of an experience they had, and so whatever I can do to help out, that’s what I want to do, to help out kids.”

The North Island Tour de Rock team has another barbecue planned for Port Hardy before the race.

“We’re hoping to set one up in Sayward as well because we are trying to reach out to the whole North Island.”

On Sept. 17, a tournament will be held at the Seven Hills Golf and Country Club.

Training has been going quite well. 

“A lot of the riding I have been doing solo because it is difficult for me to make it down (island), but my detachment commander and the people I work with have been absolutely awesome,” said Dornan. 

“They’ve allowed me to get down when I can and helped me out with coverage.”

Dornan has a small request for North Island residents.

“If you see me out riding give me a wave. Waves are always good.” As for donating to the cause – “every little bit helps. Everything that is donated is for the kids and that’s extremely important.”

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Photo —Kathy O'Reilly

Port Hardy RCMP Const. Kyle Dornan, who is currently working Indigenous police services, is representing the North Island in the 2022 Tour de Rock.