North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association director Laura Mairs has been more than a little busy over the past few months as she is not only organizinf the Christmas at the Fair Drive Thru Light Show in Barriere, but she is also designing and creating many of the amazing displays that will be part of the tour through the fairgrounds. (Jill Hayward photo)

Barriere Fairgrounds transformed into magical holiday experience

Don’t miss ‘Christmas at the Fair Drive Thru Light Show’ on Dec. 19-23

The Christmas holiday season is here, and although COVID-19 has put a damper on many seasonal events and celebrations, the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association (NTFFRA) say they will be helping to make Christmas magical for all ages in Barriere.

The year 2020 will see the first annual ‘Christmas At The Fair Drive Thru Light Show’ experience taking place at the fairgrounds from Dec.19 to 23, running from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. over the four days.

Teams made up of the NTFFRA board, members, and area volunteers from numerous organizations and businesses have stepped forward to create the most amazing displays for those who attend the drive thru.

“This will be a special event that all ages can enjoy safely,” said NTFFRA president Jill Hayward, “I am blown away by the imagination and creativity that has gone into turning the fairgrounds into a Christmas experience for everyone. We hope everyone will drive through with their bubble of family or friends and enjoy what our own community has put together for your enjoyment.”

Hayward says special thanks to CN, the North Thompson Community Forest Society, Tolko Mill, the Lions Club, Thompson Valley Players, 4-H, the BSS Leadership Class, Barriere Hospice, Barriere Curling Rink and Barriere Recreation Society, friends of Norm Charbonneau, Jeff Sealy from JHS Renovations and many more individuals, organizations and businesses who are being added to the list every day. A huge thank you must also go to all of the volunteers who are working hard to put this together for the enjoyment of the community.

She also advises that BC Health requires all COVID-19 protocols be followed: the event is a drive thru only, everyone must enter at the gate into the fairgrounds on Dunn Lake Road and check in, entry is by donation, everyone must stay in their vehicles, no washrooms will be open, and only 50 vehicles in the Drive Thru at any one time. Vehicles will exit onto Barriere Lakes Road, and a count will be kept of how many vehicles are onsite, if there are 50, when one leaves one more will be allowed in.

For more info regarding entrance and gate protocols, please contact Jane at 250-672-9391.