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Cottonwood Market hosts Sixth Annual Fall Fair

By Contributor
September 25th, 2013

Fall has arrived and so has the harvest of food that is expected to fill the shelves at the Sixth Annual Fall Fair on Saturday (September 28) from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. at Cottonwood Community Market at Cottonwood Falls Park in Nelson.

In the true spirit of an agricultural fair, there will be a contest for best locally grown fruits and vegetables, home preserves, home baked pies and more. Additionally, there will be live Bluegrass music provided by Steve Garth and Friends.

From the early twentieth century through 1966, Nelson hosted a big and busy fall fair every year. Long time Nelson residents remember the event with fondness and some still have their prize ribbons stashed away in their basements.

After a forty plus year hiatus, the Eco Society decided to revive the fall fair in 2008. Since the benefits of locally produced food are now commonly understood and since there are so many excellent products grown here in the West Kootenay, it was decided that all the contest categories would focus on locally produced and prepped food.

This means that for the home preserves and home baking categories, contestants will be asked to use as many locally produced ingredients as possible and include an ingredient list with each entry.

For specific information on that Fall Fair rules and categories please visit

There is no entry fee and no limit to the number of categories an individual can enter. All entries must be dropped off between 9:30 and 10:30 am. Judging will take place late morning and the prizes will be awarded at noon.

The public is advised entering is not the only reason to attend the Fall Fair as the Cottonwood Market promises to be a day of fun and enjoyment.



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