Something in the Air at the Bulkley Valley Fair!

Bulkley Valley Exhibition, August 27-30, 2015

http://www.bvfair.ca

Mid-August already and it’s hard to believe that Fair Time is nearly on us. But after all the months of planning and organizing, there’s that tingle of excitement in the air that says, hey, things are starting, the Fairgrounds are changing, the entries are pouring in and it’s time to get going! Because there’s a fantastic lineup of shows, events, competitions and displays to keep the entire family excited and busy for the whole four-day weekend.

Probably the biggest change for the 2015 Fair is the enlarged and extended Loggers’ Sports division. After a number of slow years, the Loggers’ Sports has taken on a new lease of life with competitions for kids and adults (no logging experience required!) and now the construction of the new Log Rolling Pond. This one’s going to be such a blast … You think you can walk along a log? What about a log floating in water? What about TWO of you, both on the log, each trying to outdo the other? The log rolls … and so do you, with an almighty splash! Don’t wear your best clothes for this one … And there’s crosscut bucking, kids’ nail drive, axe throwing (admit it, you always wanted to do that!), choker races, chainsaw bucking – and a grand prize of a brand new chainsaw!

Livestock, of course, are a staple of BV Exhibition – and ours is one of the very few shows in BC that still features a full slate of livestock classes, for beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits and even guinea pigs! The Fair has also been chosen to host the prestigious Angus Gold Show this year, one of only two such shows in BC. There will also be a chance to see what 100+ 4H kids have been working on all year, with the displays of 4H Achievement in livestock, horses and dogs, culminating in the 4H Auction on Saturday afternoon.

Kids are never forgotten at BVX – and this year we have an expanded and updated Kids’ Zone too. You’ll never believe the star attraction – he’s is a real (well, maybe) live Dinosaur! He’s a baby T-Rex, he’s eight feet tall and sixteen feet long, he’s huge and scaly and we sure hope he’s friendly … and he’s hanging out at the Dinosaur Corral! You’ll find the Dinosaur Cave right next to the Dinosaur Corral, and there’ll be Feeding Times posted so you can feed him his favourite tidbits and maybe get the world’s most awesome selfie!

We’re quite sure that the Dinosaur will simply blow your socks off … but if you prefer something a bit smaller and cuddlier, how about visiting the Petting Zoo? There’s cute fluffy bunnies and chickens (yes, there’s actually a fluffy chicken!), there’s little goats and a friendly little pig, there’s alpacas and Flirt the Pony, and even a mini-cow! Next to the Petting Zoo is the Bulkley Acres mini-farm. Dig for potatoes and carrots, collect eggs from the chicken coop, pick your own salads, even make your own tea! For kids who kinda think that food magically appears on grocery store shelves, Bulkley Acres will be a blast!

Also bigger and better this year is the ever-popular Light Horse Show – with twice the prize money as previous years, and additions of new events to challenge the riders and enthrall the audience. In addition to the halter classes, the hunter-jumper, gymkhana and dressage events, this year sees the first BVX “Wild Trail Challenge”. Here, the horse and rider tackle an obstacle course – and the intent is not only to complete the course but also to demonstrate the partnership between horse and rider. Fastest time is not necessarily the winner. Horse lovers will also be dazzled by the three-day Trainer of the North Challenge, where three outstanding horse trainers each attempt to train an unbroken young horse – in three days flat. No easy ride there.

Stage shows have always been a part of the Fall Fair, and this year is no exception. Teens and young adults will have a blast on Thursday night – not only is it Midnight Madness at the Midway (all the rides all evening for $35) but you can also catch BC’s Top Teen band The Racket on the Fairground stage. Friday night is for country&western lovers – CCMA winner Bobby Wills headlines the night with classic country sounds and a rock-inspired twist. Opening for Bobby Wills will be longtime favourites Appaloosa, who will also be powering the rodeo dance on Saturday night. Saturday at the fairgrounds will be for our homegrown hero Mark Perry, and for ex-Smithereen Theresa Pasaluko and her new Victoria band – and there’ll be performances by various local artists throughout the weekend.

Then there’s the Draft Horse Show, including the BC Championship Pull on Sunday where 18 teams of these gentle giants compete for $7500 in prize money. There’s the Hall display all weekend, where adults and kids show off their best in baking, crafts and hobbies. There’s the Rodeo – a perennial favourite with three days’ of thrills and spills, not to mention the amazing Young Gunz trick-riding show. And there’s a nod to farmers and country folk across the area, whose efforts throughout the year give us the countryside and the lifestyle we enjoy in the beautiful Bulkley Valley.

Here’s to the 2015 Fall Fair – August 27-30 and never a dull moment!

Visit and check us out! – at www.bvfair.ca

Got something to enter? Online entries are live now, also at www.bvfair.ca

On the Grounds

Thursday

1 p.m.-9 p.m.                       Mall and Halls Open

3 p.m. to Midnight            Madness Til Midnight at the Midway, Wristbands are $35

 

Friday

TBA                                        Free Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

10 a.m.-9 p.m.                     Mall and Halls open

12 p.m.                                    Midway Rides Open

1 p.m.                                       Antique Tractor Parade

3 p.m.                                       Slow Tractor Race (winner is whoever comes last without actually stopping!)

 

Saturday

TBA                                             Free Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

10 a.m.-9 p.m.                           Mall and Hall open

12 p.m.                                        Midway Rides open

1 p.m.                                          Antique Tractor Parade

3 p.m.                                         Blindfold Tractor Drive (drive a tractor blindfolded!)

 

Sunday

TBA                                              Free Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, Start at Town Washroom

10 a.m.-4 p.m.                           Mall and Halls Open

12 p.m.-4 p.m.                           Kids’ Day at the Midway! $25 All-Day wristbands – Parents and Teens too

1 p.m.                                           The Egg Toss, in the Livestock Area

 

Claude Dohler Stage

Thursday

7 p.m.                                         Cabin Fever

8 p.m.                                         Thee Night Bamm

9 p.m.                                         The Racket

 

Friday

1 p.m.                                        Comedy and Juggling with Paul Isaak

2 p.m.                                        The Grid Pickers

3 p.m.                                        Theresa Pasaluko & the Great Yonder

4 p.m.                                        Comedy and Juggling with Paul Isaak

5 p.m.                                        Dinner

6 p.m.                                        Chicken Creek

7 p.m.                                        Ryan Hovland

8 p.m.                                        Appaloosa

9 p.m.                                        Bobby Wills

 

Saturday

10 a.m.                                        Keith Cummings

11 a.m.                                         Comedy & Juggling with Paul Isaak

12 p.m.                                        Ryan Hovland

1 p.m.                                          Appaloosa

2-4 p.m.                                     Stage break

4 p.m.                                        Comedy & Juggling with Paul Isaak

5:30 p.m.                                  Jazzmatazz

6 p.m.                                        Hank Sinatra

7 p.m.                                        Hillbilly Scrabble

8 p.m.                                        Theresa Pasaluko & the Great Yonder

9 p.m.                                        Mark Perry & Northwest

 

Sunday

10 a.m.                                      Gospel Service

12 p.m.                                      Comedy & Juggling with Paul Isaak

1:30 p.m.                                  Theresa Michelle Mohr Band

2:30 p.m.                                  Comedy & Juggling with Paul Isaak

 

Livestock Area

Thursday

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                  Open Poultry and Rabbit Check-In

1-2 p.m.                                   Open Rabbit Show, Poultry/Rabbit Barn

2-4:30 p.m.                            Sheep & Swine Weigh-in

5-6 p.m.                                   Open Poultry Show, Poultry/Rabbit Barn

6-8 p.m.                                   Open Beef Weigh-in

 

Friday

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.                 4-H Beef Show, Beef Ring

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.                 Open Sheep Show, Sheep/Goat Ring

11 a.m.                                     Milking Demonstration, Dairy Barn

1-2 p.m.                                   4-H Sheep Show, Sheep/Goat Ring

1-3 p.m.                                   Open Beef/Angus Gold Show, Beef Ring

2-3 p.m.                                   4-H Swine Show, Swine Ring

3-5 p.m.                                   Open Swine Show, Swine Ring

4 p.m.                                        Milking Demonstration, Dairy Barn

 

Saturday

9-11 a.m.                                  Open Beef Show continues, Beef Ring

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                 Open Dairy Show, Dairy Ring

12 p.m.                                     Milking Demonstration, Dairy Barn, after the Dairy Show

2-4 p.m.                                   4-H Auction Sale, Beef Ring

4 p.m.                                        Milking Demonstration, Dairy Barn

 

Sunday

10 a.m.                                      Jackpot Yearling Heifer

10:30 a.m.                                Jackpot Bull Calf

11 a.m.                                       Open Beef Showmanship

11 a.m.                                        Milking Demonstration, Dairy Barn

1 p.m.                                         The Egg Toss, Beef Ring

3-4 p.m.                                     4-H Awards Presentation, Beef Ring

 

Family Zone

Friday

10 a.m.-6 p.m.                         Parenting Tent open

10 a.m.                                       Penelope Roving

11 a.m.                                        Dinosaur Feeding Time!

12 p.m.                                       Kellie the Ventriloquist

12:30 p.m.                                 Penelope the Clown

1 p.m.                                         Dinosaur Feeding Time!

2 p.m.                                        Kellie Roving

2:30 p.m.                                  Penelope Roving

3:30 p.m.                                  Kellie the Ventriloquist

4 p.m.                                        Dinosaur Feeding Time!

5 p.m.                                        Penelope Roving

 

Saturday

10 a.m.-6 p.m.                         Parenting Tent open

10 a.m.                                       Penelope Roving

11 a.m.                                        Dinosaur Feeding Time!

12 p.m.                                       Penelope the Clown

12:30 p.m.                                 Kellie the Ventriloquist

1 p.m.                                         Dinosaur Feeding Time!

2 p.m.                                        Kellie Roving

2:30 p.m.                                  Penelope Roving

3:30 p.m.                                  Kellie the Ventriloquist

4 p.m.                                        Dinosaur Feeding Time!

5 p.m.                                        Penelope Roving

 

Sunday

10 a.m.-4 p.m.                         Parenting Tent open

10 a.m.                                       Dinosaur Feeding Time!

11 a.m.                                        Kellie the Ventriloquist

11:30 a.m.                                  Kellie Roving

12 p.m.                                       Dinosaur Feeding Time!

1 p.m.                                         Penelope Roving

1:30 p.m.                                   Penelope the Clown

2 p.m.                                        Kids’ Dog Show

3 p.m.                                        Dinosaur Feeding Time!

 

Loggers’ Sports Area

Friday

12-5 p.m.                                  Poster Competition Entries

 

Saturday

9-10 a.m.                                Loggers’ Sports Registration

10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.                 Kids (Future Loggers) Events, followed by Women’s, Men’s and Open Events.

 

Rodeo Arena

Thursday

5:30 p.m.                                BVX Opening Ceremonies

6-8:30 p.m.                            BCPB Bull Riding Bull-a-Rama

 

Friday

12-3 p.m.                                Draft Horse Halter Classes

5-7:30 p.m.                            Rodeo, The Ol’ Watering Hole, Wild Cow Milking

 

Saturday

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.                  Draft Horse Show Wagon & Cart Classes, Log Skidding, Single Horse Pull

5-7 p.m.                                  Rodeo, The Ol’ Watering Hole, Wild Cow Milking

9 p.m.                                      Rodeo Dance (LDM Building, by ticket only , 19+)

 

Sunday

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                 Draft Horse Show Teamster Competition, Team Driving, Registered Mares Wagon Classes, Multiple Hitches, Chore Team Fun Classes

1-2:30 p.m.                           BC Championship Pull

 

Driving Ring

Saturday

9 a.m.-5 p.m.                       Driving Classes, Horses and Ponies

 

CityWest Main Ring

Thursday

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.                 AQHA, APHA, & ApHCC Halter Classes (B Side)

1:30-5 p.m.                           Specialty Halter Classes (A Side)

6-7:30 p.m.                           Showmanship after In Hand Trail

 

Friday

8-11 a.m.                                APHA, AQHA, ApHCC Hunter Under Saddle

11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.                 BVX Western

 

Saturday

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.                  APHA, AQHA, ApHCC Trail, BVX Trail following Breed Trail

2-3:30 p.m.                            Specialty Riding Classes

3:30-5 p.m.                            BVX Wild Trail Challenge

 

Sunday

10 a.m.-1 p.m.                     Gymkhana

3-4 p.m.                                Awards at the end of the day!

 

AltaGas Hunter/Jumper Ring

Thursday

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.        Halter

3-6 p.m.                                In Hand Trail

 

Friday

1:30-5 p.m.                           BVX English

 

Saturday

9 a.m.-5 p.m.                        Hunter Classes

 

Sunday

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.          Jumper Classes

 

AltaGas Dressage Ring

Thursday

9 a.m.-5 p.m.                        Dressage Day 1 to First Level

 

Friday

8 a.m.-1 p.m.                        Dressage Day 2, Western Dressage

 

Indoor Riding Arena

Thursday

3-6 p.m.                                   “Trainer of the North” Trainer’s Challenge Training Session

7-9 p.m.                                   Liberty Classes

 

Friday

9 a.m.-12 p.m.                       “Trainer of the North” Trainer’s Challenge Training Session

3-6 p.m.                                   “Trainer of the North” Trainer’s Challenge Training Session

7 p.m.                                        Bridle-Less Trail

 

Saturday

9 a.m.-12 p.m.                        “Trainer of the North” Trainer’s Challenge Training Session

7:30-10 p.m.                           “Trainer of the North” Trainer’s Challenge Grand Finale

 

Sunday

9 a.m.-12 p.m.                       BVX Reining – APHA, AQHA, ApHCC Reining

 

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