Langley, read about cars, cows, crafts and crooning

Since people won’t be working on the day devoted to the working person, why not head to the George Preston Recreation Centre?

The Canadian Falcon, Fairlane and Comet Club has its 30th annual club show ’n shine and picnic in the park.

Admission is free for the public but vehicles wanting to be part of the show pay $15. Registration is open 9 a.m. to noon.

There will be trophies for certain makes and types, including Falcon, Fairlane, Comet, other Fords, street rod, custom, Fairlane Club of American, Best Club Turnout, best of show, and more.

Trophies are handed out at 2:30 p.m. after which shows typically wind down and there are dash plaques for the first 175 registered vehicles. Learn more at www.ffcclub.com.

Farm at the fort

Farming and ranching are not easy occupations, so imagine what it was like in decades past, before modern labour saving devices.

People can learn about the farming history of the Fort Langley National Historic Site at Fort Farm Fest, Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those days, explore the fort’s farming heritage and its garden, feed the farm animals, and watch demonstrations of vital farming skills such as barrel making.

Barrels were used to export products such as butter and potatoes. The Hudson’s Bay Company built the fort in 1827 and operated a 2,000 acre farm centred at the fort and covering much of northern Langley.

During Fort Farm Fest, people can compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demonstrations.

Activities are free with regular admission.

Artisan hub

A quartet of Langley artisans and crafters will be setting up shop for the Labour Day weekend in sandcastle central – Harrison Hot Springs.

The Harrison Festival Society is hosting a craft market Aug. 30 and 31, and a pair of local jewellers, a pillow maker, and the creator of a line of “artisan” soups and salads are vendors at this two-day market held annually for more than 20 years.

“Langley is well known as an artistic hub of the Fraser Valley and we are very pleased to be welcoming a number of unique vendors from that area,” said Harrison Festival general manager Mel Dunster.

Locals are Glitz and Glamour Jewelry and Arts with beaded jewelry, buckwheat hull pillows by Kuseno Comfort Products, the ready-made foods from Simply Delish Soup & Salad, and custom silver and gold jewelry from Waugh & Klassen.

“We are proud to support and nurture locally produced handmade products.” Dunster said.

“As a grassroots organization we know firsthand the importance of community minded small business in contributing to healthy communities.”  

Pritchett on stage

Langley’s own Aaron Pritchett – an award-winning country singer and songwriter – is on stage in Hope on Sept. 5.

Recently back from a summer tour of Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario, Pritchett is at the 46th anual Hope Brigade Days Sept. 5-7. More is available at www.brigadedays.com, ticketweb.ca, and www.aaron-pritchett.com.

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