View the original Victoria gardens at the Saanich Fair

by admin on August 17, 2012

Our community has long been know for its “Victoria gardens”, although the name may be a bit of a misnomer; while the Inner Harbour and downtown Victoria certainly have their gardens, there’s also the world-famous Butchart Gardens out on the Saanich Peninsula, which, technically, isn’t part of Victoria at all.

However, the Victoria region can tie its reputation as a city of gardens to its rich history as a farming community. The colony, after all, got its start as a chartered Hudson’s Bay farm (the area that is now Uplands in south Oak Bay was once a very large corporate farm), and many, many regions were once prime farming country. Gordon Head, for example, was one of the major exporters of holly in the British Empire.

The region’s farming heritage lives on for the most part on the Saanich Peninsula, which of course is just about to celebrate its annual exhibition a couple of weeks from now over the Labour Day long weekend.

Presale Midway wristbands are on sale now at the Saanich Fair office – $32 (savings of $8) cash only.

The Fair is located at 1528 Stellys Cross Rd. in Central Saanich. We have TONS of free parking, and the #75 Bus stops right out front.

  • VI BLACKSMITH SHOP – located near Main Gate
  • DOG SHOWS – Wallace Ring (Draft Horse ring)(a) CAPITAL COMETS DOGSPORTS – Mon. 3-4 pm(b)
  • RAINBOW THE CLOWN – Stage Shows & Roaming
  • WEST COAST AMUSEMENTS – MidwayRide all day wristbands $40 SAT or SUN $35 MONRegular coupon prices $1.25 (All rides take between3 – 7 coupons. Red Book (20 coupons) $22.50 BlueBook (40 coupons) $45.00.PRESALE WRISTBANDS – $32 CASH only ATSAANICH FAIR OFFICE.
  • ISLAND SAVINGS PENNY SMARTS PROGRAM- Booth and stage show – 10,000 penny giveaway
  • BC FRUIT TESTERS –Inside Main Hall Flower Area
  • PENINSULA AGRICULTURAL COMMISSION –Backyard Farmer Workshop Seminars – locatedTent beside Direct Farm Market area(a) Grow the most food in the smallest space forthe least work – Linda Gilkeson(b) Growing grains for Sourdough and Suds:everything we need is right here – MikeDoehnel(c) Backyard chickens – It’s easy when you knowhow! – Nicky Wylie
  • OLD FASHIONED BUGGIES – Outside Heavy HorseRing
  • FACE PAINTING – Beef BarnsSusi Sunshine with Rachel, Rhonda & Amanda
  • PINTAME ARTS & CRAFTS –Kids Zone Area – lefthand parking lot of Gallery Building — 11 – 4 pm daily
  • THE “Q’ RADIO STATION ON LOCATION –outside the Gallery Building
  • FOOD EATING CONTESTS (Main Stage area)(a) Ice Cream – Island Farms(b) Lemon Meringue Pies – Peninsula Co-op(c) Cupcakes – Baking Department
  • (d) Watermelon – Fairway Markets(e) Spam
  • COPS FOR CANCER – Head Shave – Corner MarketBooth #83
  • BC AMBULANCE SERVICE DISPLAY – by InformationStation
  • MODEL BOATS – back of Gallery Washrooms
  • QUE BOLA MAGIC – Stage show and Roaming
  • MANE STREAM VAULTERS – Draft Horse Ring
  • THE MILKING PARLOUR – beside Beef Barn
  • MASTER GARDENERS – Main Hall Stage
  • CRD DRINKING WATER CART – left hand side ofMain Agricultural Hall – bring your water bottle to fill
  • FARM FUN PASSPORT – Get yours FREE in theDirect Farm Market – Zucchini races and more!
  • FARMER VICKY AND DAISY THE COW – locatedMilking Parlour
  • PIRATE SCHOOL – back of Main Agricultural Hall
  • SUN & STAR GAZING – Telescopes – back ofMain Agricultural Hall beside Pirate School
  • KIDS FARM GAMES – Saturday 1:00 pmin Mini Horse ring (W on map) – SundaySponsored by: MICHELL FARMS
  • FCC KIDS ZONE – Upper level Main Hall Parking Lot -run by Friendship Community Church – NEW!fun things to do.
  • DIRECT FARM FARMERS’ MARKET – front Main Hall– Farm Fresh Produce for Sale
  • THE ‘Q’ MIDWAY PARTY – 10:00 am Sunday in theMidway – listen to ‘Q’ to win a chance to attend theparty – open to 300 people only.
  • THE ZONE “CALL OF THE WILD” – front of MainHall – Sunday
  • CORNER MARKET – lots of retail and information – 90booths.

• All Added Attractions are FREE with the exception ofretail purchases and the Midway.
• All times of these events will be in the Saanich FairProgram.