All your wildest Lego dreams are about to come true at this year’s Sooke Fall Fair.
This year there will be a Lego section for people ages two and up to enter in. People can submit a maximum of three entries in any category.
There are three different categories to enter in: the first is choose your own theme, the second is a Plan-et Clean Air theme, and lastly, a mini category, which creations must be under 3×3 inches in size. The largest recommended size for all other creations is 16×16 inches.
Laura Vowles, who has been involved with the fall fair since 2005, said her son came up with the idea to have the Lego section, so she decided to organize it.
“I’m really excited because we’ve never done this before. It’s just something a little different,” Vowles said. “It’s also a great way to get youth away from the video games and making something with their hands.”
Vowles son, Mitchell Vowles, has been entering the fall fair since he was two years old. Over the years, he has always entered his Lego creations in the hobby section.
“My goal is to get first prize each year, while getting more creative,” said Mitchell, who first won a trophy for most creative design in Lego at the fair when he was 11. “I enjoy the challenge to create something better each year, and inviting friends to compete with me. Getting money for winning entries is fun, too.”
Mitchell said he likes to experiment and try new things when building Lego, and he is looking forward to having his mom enter her creations in the competition this year.
Both Vowles and Mitchell have made three different masterpieces to enter this year. Though Vowles had never tried making something out of Legos before, she decided to take a swing at all three different categories.
“My son and I have spent hours working together on our projects. I never realized how much fun creating with Lego could be, and hanging out with Mithell doing something he loves has been totally fun,” said Vowles. “I’m hooked. I now know why Mitchell can disappear for hours working on a creation.”
Each entry costs 50 cents for youth ages two to 18 and $1 for adults. First place winners will win $3, second place will win $2 and third will win $1.
“I can’t wait to see how many people enter, and what everybody comes up with,” Vowles said, adding that entries must be original creations, not built from a kit.
To enter, please fill out a submission form out of the Fall Fair catalogue, which are available at local businesses, and drop it off at Shoppers Drug Mart in Sooke.
The fair runs Sept. 8 and 9 at the Sooke Community Hall, with the theme Plan-et Clean Air at the Fall Fair.
Sooke Country Market will again be a part of the fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sooke Lions Club will again offer up its pancake breakfast on Sunday. There will be pony rides on Saturday and the ever popular pet parade on Sunday.
For more information on the Sooke Fall Fair, please visit their website at sookefallfair.ca.