St. Stephen News/Fall Fair

Rob Patry

St. Stephen celebrates the arrival of autumn with the sixth annual Charlotte County Fall Fair taking place this weekend at the Ganong Nature Park. This year’s festival promises to be its best season yet. “Fall is a beautiful time of year, and one which we celebrate the harvest,” says Shelly Scott, Administration Manager. “The largest single Fair in the area coincides with some exciting things at the park and in St. Stephen.  We want to showcase all things Charlotte County. We have exhibits to highlight foods, crafts, wellness, and the arts from the surrounding areas. Of course vendors will be available to sell their wares, along with produce and prepared foods. We are hoping more of our friends from south of the border stop by to see the pride of Charlotte County autumn and say hello.”

Every year the attendance increases, and that’s in no small measure due to the families and individuals coming from Maine, New Hampshire, and even Massachusetts. “I always expect some people from Calais, Machias and different parts of Washington County, and it’s thrilling to see people from other areas and States emailing me for information and directions,” says Scott.  The Ganong Nature Park hosts many events annually, and is available for private functions as well. “It is the Fall Fair though that attracts larger groups of people; and is really fun for families. Where else can you bring the kids for entertainment, education, and see up close and personal the benefits of our area?” Another feature for our American friends will be a Civil War Reenactment featuring the 20th Regiment & Maine Volunteers.

Animals and horticulture are a huge part of the Fair, along with the beauty fall brings. The backdrop of all exhibits and activities is the park itself with trails, walkways and stunning vistas of the St Croix River.  Come and see the magnificent view of Maine, and the St. Croix Island and International Historic Site.  What would a Fair be without community participation? The Rib Masters Competition is an opportunity for local residents to show off their barbequing prowess. To the winner, all the spoils of victory, a fifty-dollar gift certificate from The Super Store in St. Stephen, and of course, bragging rights for a year. A Cupcake Contest is also in the works for those who prefer displaying their skills at dessert making. What makes it so unique is the multiple age group categories. Youth, amateurs and professionals will stand side-by-side allowing the Judges to sample their sweet and delectable delights. 

“We are hoping to get record breaking crowds.” bolsters Scott. “A Fair not to be missed!”

Where:  Ganong Nature Park

When:  Saturday, September 17 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 Sunday, September 18, 2016 – 9:00 am to 5:00pm

Admission:   $7 (Canadian) per person or $25 (Canadian) per Family

WEEKEND FAMILY PASS - $40 (Canadian)

For more information and a list of events, visit:


Contact the park directly at:

Ganong Nature Park

350 Todd’s Point Road

Dufferin, NB E3L 3R8