Brackendale Farmers Institute Fall Fair

We are sorry to say there will be no Fall Fair this year.
We are working to revive it for 2019 with YOUR HELP!

Please join the BFI and the community for a

Saturday September 8th 2018
from 12 am to 4 pm

Come Celebrate the Park and its recognition in the District of Squamish Official Community Plan as Greenway Corridors and Recreation.
Bring the family, Bring your friends, Bring your picnic and enjoy the beauty of the Park.

The BFI Fall Fair is sponsored by: All Keys & Locks, Brackendale General Store, Brackendale Art Gallery
The Brackendale Farmers Institute is an independent association
and the Brackendale Fall Fair is a community event.

Brackendale Farmers Institute

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Volunteers needed for 2019!

What makes Brackendale Fall Fair unique? You do! Together we
Help our neighbours gather to celebrate summers bounty.
Support many community programs so they continue to thrive in our growing district.
Aid in assuring Brackendale Farmers Institute Park remains a public community greenspace.

Volunteers are needed for Activities, Entertainment, Exhibits, Grounds, Tents, Traffic, Vendors.
To Volunteer please
or go to
Volunteer Sign Up Form

Brackendale Fall Fair Vendor Registration closed.
Check back next spring for 2019 registration.

Exhibit Tent: 604 898 3390

The Fall Fair is cancelled for 2018
but check out the workings for future reference
and sign up to help!

Entry Categories & Rules 2017
(plus clerk and judging procedures)
click here!

Press Release:

Brackendale Farmers Institute Fall Fair

Join the excitement! Bring the whole family! (But not the dog, please!) Walk or come by bicycle! Make a day of it!

Come and enjoy food, live music, farm animals, hay rides and fun and games including face-painting, mini-golf and the ever popular zucchini races plus over 50 vendors with crafts and other specialty items.

Nurture those veggies and finish those craft projects.  Make your jams and pickles and bake up a storm.  Enter your produce and crafts for $$$ and glory.  Entry Forms, Rules and Category Lists will be available at Brackendale General Store in Brackendale and All Keys and Locks, 1361 Winnipeg St. in Squamish in August.

Entry forms are $1 for Adults and free for Teens (13-17), Juniors (9-12), and Children (8 and under).  Tags will be different colours; please do not substitute tags.  The Rules and Category List is also available at  Note that entries must be delivered to the Fairgrounds by 6:45 pm of the Friday before the fair.

The Fall Fair is in the Brackendale Farmers Institute Park. The entrance is on Government Rd. between Brackendale Art Gallery and Brackendale Elementary School. Plan your day to avoid Gran Fondo road closures.  Maps and information are available at:

See you at the Fair!

A Brief History and Future Vision of the
Brackendale Farmers Institute Park

In 1957 some farseeing longtime residents, the local Farmers Institute, envisioned 50 acres of land as a park, the very area now known as The Brackendale Farmers Institute (BFI) Park.  This is the forested area south of Brackendale Elementary School, west of Ross Road, east of the railway tracks and north of the Ross property on Depot Rd.  The designation of this parcel of BC Crown land has been shuffled between residential, forestry, park and crown at the whim of various governments. 

In 1992, the revived BFI began lobbying at all levels of government for permanent park status for this land. Since that time they have also cleared and maintained an area for the Fall Fair, improved trails, installed gates, brought in power and made other improvements. The park has been home to the Brackendale Fall Fair for the past 8 of its 12 years. 

Before that in the early 1980s, a neighbourhood dad cleared and established the 3 main trails so that his young son could have a safe place to ride his dirt bike.  Since then the park has become a favourite with walkers, dogs and mountain bikers and is a part of the now famous Squamish Trail System.  One part of the BFI trails is a segment of the Old Pemberton Trail.

The BFI Park land is within a geographical area known as The Cheekye Fan.  For many years we were led to believe that this land was not suitable for housing development because of some cataclysmic geological probability which appears to have suddenly become a non-issue.  That being said, it is not a question of stopping development in or around Brackendale but rather a need to preserve this particular remnant of the natural world within that development.

It is not good enough for a developer to promise “greenspace” of lawn and shrubs between buildings or on land that they can’t otherwise develop in some other location. This park is an area of old 2nd growth Douglas Fir mixed forest. It is our Stanley Park.  It is right here in Downtown Brackendale and if we are to be completely surrounded by housing developments, we need this park right here, right now, more than ever. 

Loggers Sports Parade 2012

The Hayride