Attendees at last year’s Luxton Spring Fair ride the Hurricane. Don Descoteau/News Gazette staff

Luxton Spring Fair gears up for May long weekend in Langford

Midway opens Friday with demonstrations from local groups throughout the weekend

There’s something magical about a fair. And the annual Luxton Spring Fair is a May long weekend tradition many West Shore residents look forward to all year.

“Rain or shine the kids still come and they squeal just as loud,” said longtime committee member Sandy West. “It’s one of the first events that bring the rides to the community.”

Beside an extensive midway and carnival games, the 42nd spring fair at the Luxton Fairgrounds in Langford will feature an antique farm equipment display, the heritage museum, demonstrations by the Vancouver Island Blacksmith Association and an assortment of vendor booths.

“We just don’t have the rodeo, but we still have all the other stuff,” West said. “It’s a great way to look at all of the heritage stuff and see how the community started.”

Despite the lack of a rodeo, she noted, “we’re still getting good crowds.”

The fair takes place Friday (May 19) through Monday, with the midway opening up from 3 to 11 p.m. on the first day. Weekend hours are 1 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday.

“The prices have changed for the ride bracelets, but admission (to the grounds) is still free,” West noted. Wristbands for unlimited entry onto rides are only valid on the day purchased. They cost $35 for Friday or Monday and $40 for Saturday or Sunday.

The demonstrations and displays run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Parking is by donation in the large lot off Luxton Road (at the end of Marwood Road) and is being handled by the Lighthouse Christian Academy as a fundraiser to help offset grad costs.

West pointed out that the fairgrounds are walking distance from a number of homes in the area, so it’s a perfect reason to get the family out for a stroll.

For more information go to luxtonspringfair.ca.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com