Golden Agricultural Hall in the background

A great time from the past becomes something well worth waiting for

The Fall Faire has been a part of Golden's History and now again a part of the communities future.

Isn’t it nice to see things from your past make a comeback? I first felt that way about the Fall Faire!

As a child my grandmother had many ribbons that she had won at the local Fall Faire. She told us stories about how Tom Hawkes, a director with the Agricultural Association, would go up and down the valley encouraging residents to prepare for the Faire.

He stopped by my grandmother’s house and asked her if she was going to put her old hens into the competition. She indicated to him that they were too dirty to enter in the Faire. Tom said “Well then, let’s wash them.” They drug out the laundry tubs, filled them with cold water from the creek, soap in one and Mrs. Stewarts Blueing in the other.

They washed each hen, dipped it in the rinse and then set it on the ground. A sorrier site might never happen. Tom and Grandma went in for tea and when they came out the hens were dry, fluffy and beautiful. Grandma entered them in the Faire and took home a blue ribbon. I was so excited to be involved with the museum in bringing the Faire back to Golden. It has changed since 2007 and not everything that we have put forward has worked, but we just keep changing it and hopefully it will continue to bring enjoyment to families for years to come.

I am very excited to announce that a second event is making a comeback! If you haven’t already heard the River Raft Race is making a comeback on Fall Faire weekend.

Sunday September 9, 2012, the Gentlemen’s Club of Golden has teamed up with the River House Tavern to bring that event back. In keeping with tradition, the race will start at noon from the Nicholson bridge and finish, well, later at Confluence Park in Golden. The Golden Rockets will be flipping burgers at Confluence Park and I think that the organizers are look for some entertainers for the day as well.

So, gather up your friends, email riverbattle@localtownie.com, information and requirements will be sent out to you. Then build yourself a vessel and get ready to mount another comeback. Here is a taste of how the Golden Gazette reported the events of the one of the raft races in the 1970’s.

And they’re off! Following the parade someone fired a shot and all hell broke loose. They were off and running in a LeMans start to board their boats, rafts and canoes as the Great River Race was underway.

Hundreds of spectators looked on from the Nicholson bridge and others gathered on the shores of the Columbia to witness the start of the greatest river race in the history of the Kootenays.

The 120 odd participants were putting forth 10,000 human horsepower in an effort to get to the front and just 47 minutes later the canoe paddled by Bergenham and Potter crossed the finish line in Golden.

Right behind then wer Lee Bradford and Sandra Birnie in 471/2 minutes, and coming in third in 49 minutes was Vern Sutter and his son Allan.

In the boat class, it was the C.R. Anderson crew in 58 minutes, Grant, Ricard and Boltz were second in one hour and two minutes and John Neigel and Rita Degroot were third with a time of 1 hour and 5 minutes.

In the raft category, the one that perhaps drew the most interest, Baz Parker and his son Scott crossed the finish line first in one hour and 20 minutes. Second place went to Sale Huzley & John Soles in 1 hour and 25 minutes and Richard Jerke and his crew chalked up third with a time of one hour and 30 minutes.

In the evening, after everyone dried out, a barbeque was held for the captain and crews of each vessel at the John Neigel campground in Harbart’s subdivision and at this time the trophies were presented to the winners.