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  • September 8, 2016 thru September 11, 2016
  • 491 2nd Avenue Fernie, BC V0B 1M0

The Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair is an annual fall festival celebrating local art, music, heritage, and cuisine.

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This four-day cultural extravaganza is hosted by the Fernie Museum, The Fernie Arts Station, Fernie Chamber of Commerce, Fernie Heritage Library, and Wildsight.

From Fernie’s earliest immigrants to the coal miners that are still the backbone of Fernie today, experience Fernie’s storied past through the eyes of our special guests. Home-grown music will be provided by the Coal Creek Boys, Wild Honey, The Hark Raving Sirens, Erin Teeple, the Kootenay Stringbenders. Award winning author, Lynne Bowen will be on hand to share the history of Fernie’s vibrant Italian community.

Blue ribbon contests, heritage crafts, home skills demonstrations, and a backyard livestock exhibit of poultry and small animals are a few of the events that the Fall Fair has to offer. Fernie has a wealth of talented working artists.

Explore Fernie’s galleries and studies on September 10 from 11:00 to 4:00 pm and connect with artists working a variety of media. An outdoor painting demonstration will happen on September 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Take in Fernie's history and explore 10 historic buildings that were rebuilt after the Great Fire in 1908. There will be mini guided tours of these buildings by costumed volunteers, and the buildings will be open to the public on September 10 from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm

Celebrate the local harvest as Fernie chefs bring the best of fresh local ingredients to their tables. Numerous local restaurants and local ethnic food vendors will feature farm-to-table specials on Saturday, September 10. The popular Feast to Fest event on Saturday night features locally-sourced organic produce and meats prepared by local celebrity chef Barrie Elliot, winner of the 2015 Chopped Canada competition.

For more details on Chautauqua & Fall Fair visit the festival website and Facebook page. Value-added lodging specials are available to make your visit to Fernie during Chautauqua and Fall Fair a little sweeter.

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