The annual Bow Island Pivot Fair began today at the Servus Community Arena and showcases hundreds of art and baking displays from local kids and adults.
Displays include home cooking, flowers, quilts, paintings and photography.
Classes that are judged include pre-school, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grade 7-9 and a seniors category.
“It let’s people showcase how talented they are and also to show them plants and flowers and what has grown and makes Bow Island beautiful,” said Pivot Fair chair Nan MacLean.
MacLean says the talent has been really good over the years.
“We’ve got some beautiful quilts in, and lots of good baking. Photography has been popular and the painting has been very popular,” she said.
“But it does showcase that we are a very talented and progressive community.”
Photography has been a common submission because of the help of the Island Art Club in town.
While it can be difficult in small communities to get younger people to participate, MacLean has seen an increase from the local students.
“We ask them so that they can bring their stuff that they did in school,” said MacLean.
“The teachers have been really good in the schools about promoting it.”
The event has been able to be a main stay in the community because of the volunteers on the committee, she said.
Entry times start today, July 23, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., July 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. All photography and paintings have to be in by July 23.
Exhibit viewing will be on July 24 from 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. and July 25 from 1 p.m.- 6 p.m. The awards will be handed out at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday night.
Last year the fair had 419 entries from 56 participants and the committee hopes to have a similar turn out in the 2019 event.