2011 Olde Time Fair on the Square

It wasn’t an overly warm day, but in spite of the overcast conditions, the weather was conducive to the outdoor Olde Time Fair on the Square festivities.

Churchill Square

Churchill Square

While it may not have been as bustling as last week’s River City Round Up Kick-Off, organizers made up for it with spirit (the DJ in particular was energetic), and fire.

Retro vehicles

Retro fire and police vehicles on display

Mack

Mack loves a good fire pit

There was a whole host of activities for children, including carnival games, arts and crafts, wagon rides and the always-coveted balloon animals.

Carnival Games

Games

Similar to last week, food vendors were also on hand to feed the hungry hoards, most of which didn’t seem to mind the slight chill. Still, we had to wonder why the City didn’t bring out the heat lamps on this occasion to keep the seating area warm, especially given they already had staff manning the fire pits.

Food Vendors

Vendors

For whatever reason, the City Market had been split up in half. Some vendors were inside the heated tent located right on Churchill Square, while others were located in their usual home. Again, signage wasn’t great in pointing shoppers to City Hall, but given how busy it was inside the City Room, perhaps word of the year-round market is picking up steam after all.

Tent

Inside the City Market tent

Doef's Greenhouses

It’s hard not to be drawn to Doef’s display at City Hall

Doef's Greenhouses

Doef’s has the right to these heart-shaped cucumber moulds in Canada – expect to see these special cucumbers everywhere leading up to Valentine’s Day

Before we left, we took a picture of the Christmas tree that will be lit up at next Saturday’s event – hope to see you there!

Tree

Christmas tree

Olde Time Fair on the Square 2010

Mack and I managed to catch the tail end of the Olde Time Fair on the Square at Churchill Square on Saturday afternoon, just before ducking off to Jane & Yi-Li’s wedding reception.

Churchill Square

Churchill Square

The set-up seemed similar to last year, though it seemed most of the family-oriented activities had wrapped up for the day, with the exception of the always-popular petting zoo and hay rides. There were several food vendors were on-site (including Eva Sweet, Fat Franks and the Fork and Spoon Brigade) and even live entertainment.

Entertainment

Entertainment

Game

Test your strength

Horses!

Horses!

The big draw for us, of course, was being able to pick up some produce from the City Market vendors. As expected, the proportion of craft to food vendors was higher than during the regular season, but there were many familiar faces from the Market, including Medicine Man Bison, Green Valley Farm, Sunhill Gardens, Coal Lake Honey and Prairie Mill.

Inside the tent

Inside the tent

Kuhlmann’s had the largest display by far, and probably the most inviting, if not only because most of the other vendors were in enclosed tents with much less natural light.

Kuhlmann's

Kuhlmann’s

While I’m excited that the City Market is continuing until mid December in this way on Churchill Square, the limited number of food vendors would make it difficult to do the majority of my shopping. Moreover, as no list is published to let the public know who will be attending which market, heading to the Old Stratchcona Farmers’ Market just seems like the more efficient choice – at least until the City Market finds an official indoor home for the winter months!

City Market vendors

Vendors

Regardless, I’m glad we were able take in the event – it’s always great to see a bustling downtown!

Olde Time Fair on the Square

En route to Stanley Milner on Saturday, I passed through the Olde Time Fair that was taking place at Churchill Square.

Juggler

The family-friendly outdoor event was blessed with beautiful weather – such a difference from the winter chill felt just a week prior. There were “roving entertainers” (a stilt walker and juggler, among them), carnival games, face painting, pumpkin carving and hay rides.

Pumpkins!

Hay Rides

Carnival Games

Though the City Centre Market officially concluded for the year last week, there were a few vendors on hand (in walled tents to keep out the wind had their been any). There were no produce or meat vendors present (save Medicine Man Bison), but there were accessories, candied treats, baked goods, and pickled items available for sale.

Vendors

It was a lovely way to spend some time outside. I hope we get a few more weekends like that one!