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2016 News and Information

Youth step back into Canada’s past at 14th annual Richmond Regional Heritage Fair

2016 April 28

Canada’s interesting and exciting past as seen through the eyes of Richmond’s youth will the focus of the annual Richmond Regional Heritage Fair on Saturday, May 7.

Visitors to the fair at the Richmond Cultural Centre will be able to explore themes that range from prominent Canadians, such as Emily Carr and Alexander Graham Bell, to significant events like the Komagata Maru and historic places such as Barkerville. Over 100 family-friendly projects will be on display at this year’s annual Richmond Regional Heritage Fair. The free, community-based celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is presented by the Richmond Museum Society.

Many of the projects offer an opportunity to stir curiosity and interest in Canada’s diverse history and heritage. These include returning favourites such as First Nations educator Roberta Price and her Medicine Pouch Teachings workshop along with new activities that include creating a silhouette painting of the Northern Lights and designing geometric good luck patterns inspired by the Indian art of rangoli. The day concludes with the presentation of special awards to outstanding Heritage Fair projects at the closing ceremony from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Richmond Cultural Centre.

The Richmond Regional Heritage Fair is a two-day annual event. The first day, Friday, May 6, begins with Student Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in which students present their project displays to a panel of judges and take field trips to Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Students will also participate in heritage workshops presented by Rhonda Weppler, the first annual Branscombe House artist-in-residence, author Gina McMurchy and the Richmond Public Library. The local schools participating in the Heritage Fair are Cornerstone Christian Academy, Henry Anderson Elementary, James Gilmore Elementary, Jessie Wowk Elementary, Lord Byng Elementary, Westwind Elementary and Whiteside Elementary.

Three students will be selected to represent Richmond and present their projects at the BC Provincial Heritage Fair at the University of British Columbia.

The Richmond Regional Heritage Fair is sponsored in part by the BC Heritage Fairs Society, Richmond School District, Richmond Heritage Commission, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, and the BC Arts Council. The Heritage Fair program is a bilingual, educational initiative that aims to encourage students to explore Canadian history and heritage in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment. Each year, thousands of students participate in Heritage Fairs across the country.

For more information on the Richmond Regional Heritage Fair, please visit