The midway is always a popular element at the Saanich Fair, which celebrates 150 years this summer. Steven Heywood/Black Press file

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By Southern Vancouver Island standards, 150 years is a long time.

A drop in the bucket compared to the rich First Nations history of the area, but considering Victoria has only been Victoria for 172 years, the fact the Saanich Fair has been running for 150 of them is no small feat.

In 1868, 10 farmers met and founded the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society, and began what is now the oldest continuous agricultural fair west of the Great Lakes. In 2018, the Society is gathering once again to celebrate this history and to put on what has become one of the staples of the summer for Greater Victoria.

From Saturday, Sept. 1 to Monday, Sept. 3, the Saanich Fairgrounds will once again be full of food, rides, displays, prizes, dancing, fun and laughter for the 150th Saanich Fair.

Music will be ringing out too, care of the Chris Buck Band and 54-40, on the Saturday and Sunday nights, respectively.

And the original intention of the fair will be in full swing as neighbours and friends come together to compete with their jams, jellies, veggies, fruits, knitting, sewing, livestock, art, photography and more.

Find more information and tickets at saanichfair.ca.

– Monday Magazine staff

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