New fall fair coming to Sidney on Sept. 21

St. Paul’s Fall Fair replaces former church boot sale

Bill German

A new fall fair is taking shape this month and it’s going to be held at St. Paul’s United Church in Sidney.

Replacing the church’s former boot sale, their first fall fair event will bring out some of the best goods and treats St. Paul’s parishioners and their friends and family have to offer. Organizer Judy Bicknell says church members have been busy putting together what she hopes will be the first of many fairs to come.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, there will be produce fresh off of local farms, baking, home made jam and preserves, household treasures and white elephant goods (saleable goods that people just don’t want anymore).

In addition, there will be face painting and games for the children and the church volunteers will be serving lunch — chilli or soup with fresh buns as well as home made pie, ice cream, coffee and tea. Tim Hortons has also promised to bring doughnuts.

Tables will be set up in the church the day of the fair, Bicknell explained, adding there will be racks of clothing in a boutique-like setting.

“There will be a little bit of everything,” she said.

Bicknell joined her friend Jean Reimer at her farm in North Saanich recently, helping make jam for the fair. Church volunteer Bill German also joined the party, as did Ed Gerow who was visiting Reimer from Williams Lake (he’s married to Reimer’s daughter).

Reimer said she has been making jam for all of those church boot sales (boot: meaning the trunks of cars) over the years. A Peninsula resident — and member of St. Paul’s — since 1928, she has been making jam since 1942. At age 96 today, she is still at it — albeit with a little help.

“Rapsberry jam used to be my favourite,” she said, noting that they’re harder to come by on her property these days.

She still makes it, but boysenberry, loganberries and blackberries are more prominent on the farm.

Bicknell added the event will also feature a silent auction, with proceeds going towards Our Place in Victoria, the George Pringle Memorial Camp near Shawnigan Lake as well as other church projects, such as its food bank. Bicknell said they are always looking for more auction items.

For event information or to donate, call the church office at 250-656-3213. St. Paul’s United Church is at 2410 Malaview Ave. in Sidney.