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History of The
The first Fall Fair in Quesnel was held in the fall of 1912 when a group of producers from the surrounding area got together to display and compare their agricultural produce. It was in the Annex Hall of the Occidental Hotel on Front Street. In later years as the fair grew in size it was relocated to the Quesnel Arena, curling rink and Legion area of Quesnel. During these years the livestock section of the fair was at Bouchie Lake.
A more permanent home for the Fair became Alex Fraser Park. The park had limited facilities at first, but as the years passed the facilities became excellent for all aspects of the Fall Fair due to a dedicated volunteer staff. All sections of the Fair, including the livestock sections, could now be together in one central location - Alex Fraser Park.
Whereas the Quesnel Fall Fair has always been agricultural in nature throughout the years, on occasions other groups became affiliated with the Fall Fair; namely, Quesnel 4-H Clubs, Quesnel Fur and Feather Association, and the Quesnel Logger Sports.
The Quesnel Fall Fair, as do many fairs, have had some exceptionally good years and some poorer years. It had a 57 years run from 1912 to 1969, and was then revived in 1983.
Special Events were featured to give recognition to special occasions throughout the years; when Canada hosted the winter Olympics the Fair hosted the Cowboy Olympics.
In 2003 for Quesnel's 75th Anniversary, the Quesnel Fall Fair gave recognition to 33 pioneer farm and ranch families for their 75 or more years on the land. Their commemoration plaque and cairn site is displayed in the small horticultural garden at Alex Fraser Park.