Bulls! Boots! and Broncs! The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo kicks up the dust!

Last week we told you about a unique northern British Columbia fair at Smithers, the Bulkley Valley Exhibition. Well, the Bulkley Valley isn’t alone in producing dynamic events well worth planning into your summer vacation. Let’s look at another very special one.

The 63rd Annual North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo takes over the community of Barriere, BC, September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. This is a community that saw many of its homes and businesses go up in smoke and its fair cancelled nine years ago when forest fires raged across the BC interior. Today, the fair is a sterling example of the determination of the locals to reclaim their town and their cheerful outlook. Not only have they rebuilt but they have built more. Come watch the beef, sheep, and 4-H competitions in the brand new 35,000 sq. ft. North Thompson Agriplex.

You’ll find the ‘Bulls, Boots, and Broncs’ at the heart of the action in the BC Rodeo Association arena. This year there will be rodeo slack run on Friday evening. Take part in the “Name the Bull” competition, and we’ll announce the lucky winner on Monday.

Let the kids check out the “Ag can be fun” tent, where a five foot teddy bear will be given away to a participating child each of the fair’s three days.

The fair has an endless supply of music. Saturday evening features a family dance at The Ridge, tickets available at the door, or buy them in advance for the Cabaret Dance at the Fall Fair Hall, also Saturday night.

Start your Sunday morning with the music of Butch Falk and Rob Dinwoodie at the Cowboy Church Service, then wind up a fun-filled day at the Cowboy Concert that evening with Butch, Rob, Hugh McLellan, Darrell and Saksia, Gordie West, and the all-girl cowboy band ‘Horse Crazy’. The outdoor stage runs all three days with music and special performances, as well as the ‘open mic’ area in the food court for up-and-coming musicians.

Find Bingo, carnival amusements, heavy and light horse competitions, pony chariot and chuckwagon racing, trick riders, draught horses, heavy horse log skid, and the light horse obstacle course competitions as well as commercial booths and exhibits, parades and free workshops that are featured all weekend.

BCRA Rodeo gets underway at 1:30 p.m. all three days with Pony Chariot Races during the intermissions, Chuckwagon Races winding up the afternoons, and heavy horse pulls on Saturday and Sunday.

Dry camping is available on site. Find out more by visiting the website at www.fallfair-rodeo.com.

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