Here we go Barriere! In just under a month the 73rd Annual North Thompson Fall Fair and BCRA POLARIS Championship Finals Rodeo will open its gates after a two year hiatus.
“This annual Fall Fair celebrates our agriculture and heritage, such a big part of our community and now it’s back and better than ever,” says this year’s fair manager Beverly Murphy, “The president, directors, members, convenors, and volunteers are all busy preparing the fairgrounds, booking vendors, arranging events, and finalizing rodeo entries. The word is spreading far and wide to come and see what this historic and amazing event has to offer.”
Murphy says the community is already preparing to welcome fair attendees over the Labour Day Weekend.
“It’s time to start getting motivated to decorate store fronts, dress up the downtown core and even fancy up your own yards to be part of the excitement,” said Murphy, “Also, don’t forget to get in your entries for exhibits and make sure you meet the deadlines that are fast approaching.”
Now is also the perfect opportunity to wander down to the fairgrounds and see if you can lend a hand. There are many jobs to be done to get the facility into tip top shape, and “every little bit helps.”
Murphy says folks can volunteer their services for four hours or four weeks, “whatever time they can spare”.
“We are searching for a variety of volunteers,” said Murphy, “Carpenters, painters, cleanup crews, yard maintenance workers, and office staff are all needed to get ready for the Labour Day weekend. Once the fair begins there will be countless jobs for volunteers to do. We have a great group of enthusiastic people working endless hours to keep the fair going and growing but help is always needed and welcomed.”
If you can’t spare the time to volunteer you can also help by participating in the many events held over the weekend. Parades, dances, a cowboy concert, or simply take the time to thank a volunteer for their hard work, that is always appreciated.
“We are all in this together, so let’s support each other along the way,” said Murphy.
She also notes starting Aug. 2, there will be a fair representative at the Fall Fair Hall (Barriere Lakes Road) every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to help answer your questions and hear your feedback. You can also take this opportunity to inquire and check out a volunteer job suited to you and your schedule.
“We are also looking to build our membership and we can help with that too,” said Murphy, “Together with team effort and community support we can show we are strong and resilient in Barriere once again.
“ Let’s get back to normal, and we’ll see you all on the Labour Day weekend.”
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