Contrary to a rumour that is circulating on some social media sites, the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo scheduled for Sept 2-4, 2017, in Barriere has NOT been cancelled.
“It’s unbelievable where these kind of rumours come from,” said North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association (NTFFRA) president Jill Hayward, “We have no idea why that ever got started. We are 100 per cent into readying for the fall fair at this time and expect it will be a great event as usual with folks attending from all over.”
Hayward notes that as the NTFFRA has been caring for hundreds of animals evacuated from wildfire areas over the past month at the fairgrounds some people may be thinking the fair cannot go on.
“It will be business as usual,” said Hayward, “We are down to just over 100 animals right now with more set to leave over the next few weeks. We also have a contingency plan to move some of the larger herds and flocks, but can still stable well over 60 evacuated animals even while the fair is taking place.”
Hayward also noted that all of the costs incurred in caring for the evacuated animals at the facility is not coming out of the NTFFRA’s funds.
“The costs associated with caring for the animals, such as feed, veterinary costs, transportation, fuel and more is being covered by generous donations from individuals, businesses, organizations and groups,” said Hayward, “The generosity of people we do not even know is amazing, and the endless hours put in by volunteers who care for the animals is truly staggering.”
Hayward says anyone who would like to donate, volunteer to help with the evacuated animals, or volunteer at the Fall Fair, can call her at 250-319-8023.
The Fall Fair and Rodeo is taking your entries right now.
The sport of competing at the annual North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo has been going on for well over six decades. And it really is a sport when you look at the annual entry catalogue and see all of the divisions and competitions that one can enter. There are 29 sections in total, including everything from lawn tractor races, to rodeo rough stock events, to horse events, heavy horse pulls and pony chuckwagon and chariot racing.
If those sections don’t turn your crank you can look at all of the livestock divisions that include 4-H, beef, sheep, goats, rabbits and cavies, poultry and caged birds. Or turn your hobby into a blue ribbon by entering the woodworking, crafts, fiber arts, photography, fine arts, or some of the boys and girls divisions in the exhibit hall. There are also flowers, vegetables, field crops, eggs, wine, baking, recycled items and more.
Truly a sport all its own, and the first step to enjoying participating with your entry at the fair is to fill out an entry registration form and get it dropped off to the fall fair office, or pop it in the mail.
You can find the forms inside the entry catalogue which is on the fall fair’s website at: www. fall-rodeo.com, or you can pick a catalogue up at Barriere businesses and newsstands, or at the Star/Journal office.
The downtown Barriere Fall Fair office will be open at the Barriere Chamber of Commerce from Aug. 15 – 31, 2017, during the following hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 noon to 4 p.m., Thursdays open to 5. Entry registration drop boxes will also be available for those in the Kamloops area at the following locations: The Horse Barn, Purity Feed Co Ltd, and the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.
• Exhibit Hall entry forms must be in to the registration office or secretary no later than Saturday, Aug. 26 (there will be a $5 fee for late registrations) with the final deadline for late entries being Friday, Sept. 1, 6pm. NO EXCEPTIONS.
• Light Horse Gymkhana entries must be in by August 25.
• Livestock entries (also includes poultry, caged birds, pigeons, rabbits and cavies) close Aug. 19, there will be a $5 fee for late entries, with NO entries excepted after Aug. 26.
If you have questions for the entry secretary, Amanda Lane, she can be reached by calling or texting 250-319-6898 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.