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Cloverdale Fairgrounds | City of Surrey

For many years, the Cloverdale Fairgrounds has been a place of community gathering, hosting competitions, fairs and celebrations.

The Cloverdale Fairgrounds, like all of Surrey, is located on the unceded traditional territory of the Salish people, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen) and se’mya’me (Semiahmoo) nations.

These deep ancestral ties continue to this day. Newcomers to the region arrived in the late 19th century and began building homes, businesses and farms in the area.

In 1888, an annual autumn fair began operating about a mile southwest of the fairgrounds. Fifty years later, in 1938, the fair moved to its current location, providing a new place for the community to gather and showcase the achievements of Surrey’s growing agricultural community.

In 1946, the first Cloverdale Rodeo was held at this location. Over time, additional amenities were added to the fairgrounds to support year-round community gatherings, including:

  • Cloverdale Community Centre/Shannon Hall (1956);
  • Cloverdale Arena (1972);
  • Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheater (1999); and
  • Cloverdale Recreation Center (2011).

The Cloverdale Community Center was renamed Shannon Hall in 1987 to honor the Shannon family. The Shannons were among the first newcomers to arrive in what is now Cloverdale. Family members have played a vital role in the community’s growth, including leading Surrey’s first local council, establishing Surrey’s first school and forming the Surrey Agricultural Society. Notably, Jack Shannon co-founded the Cloverdale Rodeo.

In 1996, the produce building at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds was renamed McKay Hall. This was done in honor of Alice McKay for her decades of dedicated volunteer work for the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition.

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