Plenty of fun at upcoming North Thompson Fair Fair and Rodeo

Labour Day weekend event in Barriere now in its 63rd year

The 63rd Annual North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo takes over the community of Barriere, B.C., on Sept. 1, 2, and 3 in 2012.  Come out and see the new work in progress at the 35,000 sq. ft. North Thompson Agriplex at the fairgrounds, and watch the beef, sheep, and 4H competitions that will be held there.

This year’s theme is ‘Bulls, Boots, and Broncs’, and you’ll find all three in the heart of the action at the BCRA rodeo arena.   This year there will also 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.

If you’re into music, the fair has an endless supply.  Saturday evening you’ll find a family dance at The Ridge where tickets are available at the door, or buy your tickets in advance for the Cabaret Dance at the Fall Fair Hall which is also on Saturday night.

On Sunday, start your morning with the music of Butch Falk and Rob Dinwoodie at the Cowboy Church Service on the outdoor stage at 10 a.m.; then wind up a fun filled day by attending the Cowboy Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Fall Fair Hall, with Butch, Rob, Hugh McLellan, Darrell and Saksia, Gordie West, and the all girl cowboy band ‘Horse Crazy’.   And don’t forget that 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.

You’ll find Bingo on Friday night, in the day Saturday and Sunday; as well as three days of amusements, heavy horse competitions, light horse show, pony chariot and chuckwagon racing, trick riders, commercial booths and exhibits, a fall fair parade, children’s parade, free workshops, and more.

All three days, the BCRA Rodeo gets underway at 1:30 p.m. in the main Rodeo Arena, with Pony Chariot Races occurring during the intermissions each day, and Chuckwagon Races winding up the activities in the afternoons, and followed by the heavy horse pull on Saturday and Sunday.

Every day, there is something to do, see, or experience.  If you really like watching the horses, besides the events happening in the main Rodeo Arena, there will also be events happening in the Light Horse Arena, such as draught horses, heavy horse log skid, and the light horse obstacle course competition.

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