Conner Strilchuk (left)

Heritage fair moves ahead

The Vernon Heritage Fair will be hosted by the North Okanagan Optimist Club

After a few year hiatus, the Vernon Heritage Fair will be making a return.

The event will be hosted by the North Okanagan Optimist Club and school fair winners will advance to the Vernon fair. Selected entrants then will go on to the regional competition in Kelowna.

“One of the great things about projects like the heritage fair is it goes beyond just a show and tell,” said Donald Jefcoat, North Okanagan Optimist Club vice-president.

“It truly does bring out their best.”

Pat Simmons, who was the organizer of the fair for many years with the museum, is part of the planning process for the return of the fair.

“When our fair committee sat down for the first time, we were excited to see her at the table,” said Jefcoat.

“It’s a given we need this valuable resource leading and guiding us. When asked if she would mentor our steps, she was more then happy to accept.”

Simmons will be going around to schools within the next few weeks to drop off information about the stamp contest, which is open to youth in Grades 4 to 7.

Youth are asked to design a stamp around the theme of Canadian heritage. The winner will have their stamp placed on the T-shirts fair participants receive and they will also receive $50 from the Optimist Club.

There will be honourable mentions awarded and they will receive a set of cards with their stamp on it.

The contest runs from Oct. 14 to Nov. 10.

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