The BC Heritage Fairs Society (BCHFS) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Provincial Heritage Fair will take place July 4 through 8 in Squamish, BC.
Each year over 4,000 students (in grades four to ten) from regions around the province participate in School Heritage Fairs. Selected students move on from their school fair to a Regional Heritage Fair where they are judged and evaluated on their research, knowledge and oral presentation of their selected topic.
Students will be housed at Quest University and will tour historic sites and heritage landmarks (including Britannia Mine, shown here) in and around the Squamish area, and will showcase their award-winning Heritage Fair Projects at a public exhibition.
Adjudicators will select four students from each Regional Heritage Fair to move on to represent their community, their school and their region at the Provincial Heritage Fair.
Following a presentation to Squamish City Mayor and Council last December by BCHFS Provincial Fair chair Cindy Rowell, and meetings with key stakeholders in January by Rowell and BCHFS board member Karl deBruijn, the BCHFS board gave final approval to the plan at the January board meeting.
“There is overwhelming support from the Squamish community,” Rowell reported in making the announcement. “The School District, Squamish Historical Society, Tourism Squamish, and others in the community are excited that Squamish has been selected this year as the host city for our annual Provincial Fair.”
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Rowell added: “BC Heritage Fairs Society is very excited to be working with the Squamish Historical Society to bring students from all over the province and provide the opportunity to introduce them to the rich culture, heritage and history from in and around the Squamish community.
These youth, who have earned their way to the Provincial Fair, are eager and have a keen interest to learn about the past.”
Each year the BC Provincial Fair is held in a different region of the province.
This non-profit organization is committed to providing a valuable learning opportunity, designed to increase awareness, interest and understanding in local, provincial and Canadian heritage in a dynamic and captivating learning environment.
The society works year round to raise funds to cover all expenses for the 60 selected students to attend the Provincial Heritage Fair. Donations to support the BCHFS’s work qualify for tax receipts and can be made online here.