Summerland Fall Fair cancelled

After a month of uncertainty, the Summerland Fall Fair organizers have decided not to hold the annual fair this year.

After a month of uncertainty, the Summerland Fall Fair organizers have decided not to hold the annual fair this year.

Earlier this spring, Tim Broesch, president of the fair, had expressed concerns about the event because of financial uncertainties and a shortage of board members.

The financial concerns came because the fair’s application for a $20,000 B.C. Gaming Commission grant was audited earlier this year.

In addition, the fair’s board of directors had been reduced to just eight members.

In early May, after new members joined the fair’s board, Broesch announced a streamlined version of the fair would proceed for this year.

The 105th annual fair was scheduled to run on the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13.

After the decision to proceed with the fair, Broesch said the board considered the decision more carefully and voted not to run the fair for this year.

“If we weren’t able to put on a good event, we’d prefer not to put one on at all,” he said. “We weren’t willing to go back and forth on it anymore.”

The Summerland Fall Fair board is now in the process of closing its office on Kelly Avenue and shutting down its website, Broesch said.