2016 Prince George Regional Heritage Fair
When: Friday May 13, 2016
Where: Prince George Civic Centre
Thank-you to our participants, judges and volunteers!The Prince George Regional Heritage Fair is part of a provincial program sponsored by the BC Heritage Fairs Society. The program is intended to encourage school children understand and appreciate their heritage. Students select a topic to research and complete a project on Canadian Heritage. Heritage Fair provides students with a deeper understanding of their history, culture and identity. The fair is a FREE event designed for students in grades 4-10.
Who can participate in Heritage Fair?
The fair is free and designed for students in grades 4 - 10.
What do Students do before the fair?
Students can get involved by completing a classroom assignment or as part of a history club. Students select and research an aspect of local, regional, provincial, or national history and then communicate their findings in a poster, panel, model, painting, etc.
How does participating in the fair meet your curriculum?
There are a variety of ways that student participation in Heritage Fair meets the curriculum of different grades. The BC Heritage Fairs Society has compiled three document that describe how Heritage Fair meets primary, intermediate and secondary school Prescribed Learning Outcomes. These documents can be downloaded below:
What happens at the fair?
The fair is a celebration of Canadian Heritage! Students participate in a one-day fair featuring judging, heritage activities, and a field trip. The fair showcases outstanding projects for our community; friends and family are invited to an evening awards and recognition event.
How does Heritage Fair benefit the participant?
Heritage Fair is a great opportunity for students to practice research, writing and presentation skills. Because of its multi-media and multi-disciplinary nature, it is a great fit for English Language Arts, French Language Arts and Social Studies. The very nature of a heritage fair project encourages personalized learning and students get passionate about the project they choose. There are many avenues to choosing a Heritage Fair project, including researching personal heritage -- Students get really excited about researching their family roots and presenting information about some aspect of their own family background.
When is the deadline?
Teacher and students must have expressed interest by April 8th 2016. School-based fairs happen between February and May each year with the best projects being selected to go on to a provincial fair at the end of June. Completed and signed registration forms must be submitted to The Exploration Place no later than April 8, 2016 in order to confirm a student's registration. Registration can be completed online, the page for registration will be added here later in 2016.
Prince George Regional Heritage Fair
c/o The Exploration Place
PO Box 1779
Prince George, BC V2L 4V7
For a copy of a heritage fair lesson plan developed by Rob Larson, SD57 Principal, please click here.
Information on Provincial Fair
Each year between 3 and 5 regional participants have the opportunity to participate in a Provincial Fair with other students from across the province. In the 2015, the Provincial Fair will be held in Victoria, BC. Fair locations have varied; previous Provincial Fair locations include Kamloops, Victoria and Barkerville! Would you like to know what it is like to participate in the Provincial Fair? Click here for "In Our Own Words", a wonderful compilation of thoughts and feedback from 2011's Provincial Fair participants!
2015 National and Provincial Heritage Fair Awards (and expected 2016 awards)
(awards subject to change without notice)
Canada's History Award
Sponsor: Canada's National History Society
Criteria: Projects that best integrate the use of written research and visual materials as inseparable elements to successfully present the topic. The award is intended to remind students that there are many ways to tell a story, as well as to recognize the combination of language and graphics skills, organization and planning that it takes to effectively communicate a story to a broad audience.
Prize: Certificate and medal to students
BC Heritage Fairs Stellar Achievement
Sponsor: BC Heritage Fairs Society
Criteria: Students at any grade from 4 to 10 whose project and presentation make them exemplary ambassadors of British Columbia's heritage. These awards may be given to a group of students from which Provincial Fair delegates may later be selected.
BC Hydro Power Pioneer Award
Sponsor: BC Hydro
Criteria: Project may be presented in English, French, or an Aboriginal language, at any grade level from 4 to 10. Ideally, the selected project will be focussed on a story involving BC Hydro or its corporate predecessors. Where there is no project meeting this criterion, the award may be presented to a project on a BC pioneer.
Prize: Certificate and copy of Gaslights to Gigawatts to student; $100 donation made to student's school library
Historic Places Initiative Award
Sponsor: BC Heritage Branch
Criteria: Project may be presented in English, French, or anÂ Aboriginal language, at any grade level from 4 to 10. Project must have as its theme a historic place in British Columbia, and highlight an aspect of history or heritage related to buildings or the built environment.
Prize: Letter and Historic Places pass to student; book to student's school
Lieutenant-Governor's Literacy Award
Sponsor: The Honourable Stephen L. Point, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia
Criteria: Central component of project is a written story demonstrating imagination and historical inquiry. It should be an original work, based on a real person, place, time or event and include references to primary sources. For projects in English, French, or an Aboriginal language at any grade level. (final criteria approval pending)
Prize: Certificate and book to student
Sponsor: The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada
Criteria: Project may be presented in English, French, or an Aboriginal language, at any grade level from 4 to 10. Ideally, the selected project will be concerned with the Loyalists or their descendants. Where there is no project meeting this criterion, the award may be presented to a project related to the settlement and growth of Canada prior to Confederation.
Prize: Certificate and pin to student
Locally Sponsored Heritage Fair Awards
The Monica Becott Regional Heritage Award
Sponsor: The Exploration Place
An exemplary project with a focus on regional history.
Kent Sedgewick Memorial Research Award
Sponsor: Prince George Public Library
An exemplary project that demonstrates outstanding research collection.
The Prince George Community Builders Award
Sponsor: Huble Homestead Historic Site
An exemplary project with a focus on contributors to the development of Prince George or other comunity in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.
Golden Raven Enthusiasm Award
Sponsor: Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
In recognition of enthusiasm for learning about history, heritage and culture, determination and dedication to a research topic and a passion for the topic.
The Prince George Heritage Commission Creative Spirit Award
Sponsor: The Prince George Heritage Commission
In recognition of student initiative in interpreting and sharing heritage concepts in fresh and exciting ways.
The Prince George Forestry Award
Sponsor: John Revel and family
An exemplary project with thorough research or enthusiasm for the topic of forestry.
For more information, or to register your students in the 2016 Prince George Regional Heritage Fair, please contact at: (250)562-1612 or 1-866-562-1612.We would like to take this opportunity to thank our hard working committee:
- Krystal Leason from Huble Homestead
- Jeff Worthington from School District 57
- Kaitlyn Vardy from the Prince George Public Library
- Heather Fisher and Jessica Fisher from Cedars Christian School
- Katherine Carlson from the Central British Columbia Railway and Forestry Museum
- Sherry Musika, Emma Church and Amanda Tisseur from the Exploration Place