Armstrong IPE

Lunch and Dinner is now served in the Centennial Hall, which is also the Aparagus Theatre Building.

Held annually in Armstrong, BC, the Interior Provincial Exhibition – the 2nd largest exhibition in the province – has been a celebration of Agriculture and all things “country” since 1899.

Zion United Church started serving meals at the fair in 1904, when it was still a Methodist Church prior to the formation of the United Church of Canada.

Lunch and Dinner is now served in the Centennial Hall, and it has always been a highly sought-after ticket, with staff, rodeo participants and Fair-Goers looking forward to home cooked meals in the midst of carnival fair, served with a smile.

Providing meals for the five day Exhibition is a massive enterprise.  The entire congregation participates, with additional volunteers from the community and other churches….and we need them all.

The Centennial Hall runs two shifts a day and the concession, which is now run out of the trailer site across from the original location, runs three….plus we need a full group in the church hall to prepare salads, vegetables and meat.

It’s quite the undertaking!  (Imagine preparing 1050 lbs of potatoes….)

To tell the truth, we all groan loudly when things start up – and yet, once underway, with everyone working together, we are reminded that working together is a wonderful way to get to know the rest of the congregation as more than just faces you see at church on a Sunday morning.

And a four hour shift is quickly over.

If you’d like to volunteer some time please contact the church and leave a happy message.

…and please us them know if you have a ‘Food Safe’ Certificate!

See you at the Fair!