Seniors on scooters encouraged to join in Fall Fair family parade


The North Thompson Fall Fair Family Parade (used to be called the Children’s Parade) is expanding and inviting friends and family to join in!

Monday, Sept. 5, now has a category for seniors on scooters, and the Fair encourages decorating your scooter for the parade!

This could be a great opportunity for all the kids out there to get your mom and dad, or gramma and grampa, and even the family pet to dress up with you and come to the Family Parade.  This year there will be cash prizes, lots of ribbons and loads of fun. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Barriere Secondary School,  and judging will begin at 10 a.m.

The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. and travel up Barriere Lakes Road, go through the fair grounds, and meet at the outdoor stage where ribbons, prize money and awards will be presented.

The Fall Fair animal exhibits are always fun to see.  All the interesting varieties of chickens, ducks, sheep, goats, and other farm animals.  Did you realize that in the Lambs division, there are games?  The first is the Adult Amateur Showmanship Class, and the second is the Lamb Dress-up Class which is open to all ages.

The exhibits aren’t just for farm critters, though.  If you have a pet bird (canaries, budgies, parrots, etc.), rabbit or guinea pig, there is a class for you.  If you are under 12 years of age, you can enter the “Child’s Pet” exhibit.  This is a fun class for children, where they can dress up their pet, and there is a Showmanship Class, where they can show off their pet handling skills.

Time is running out though, if you are planning to enter any of your animals or pets, you need to do so by August 20.

There are lots of choices for the youth to make, too.  For youth 14 years of age and under, they can enter their baking, their garden produce, their favourite school project, as well as any of a wide variety of hobbies – playdough creation, artwork, bead work, lego creation, and many others.

Hopefully, if you ladies belong to a women’s group, you’ve already been working on your entries for the Church, Women’s Groups and Institutes division.  There are ten items to be made, and you get points for each item, as well as your presentation as a whole.  Even if your group is small, it can be done – each person taking one (or two) of the items.  If you haven’t started on this, but intend to, don’t delay, as you only have a few weeks left to get everything done!

For more information on any of these exhibits and contests, drop by the Fall Fair Office, next to the employment office, in downtown Barriere.  The volunteers will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.  The office is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every week until the Fair.

Procrastinators – don’t delay

“Yipes!  I haven’t sent in my entry form yet – now, where did I put it?”  If you usually procrastinate, (like many of us do, myself included), this may be what you’re thinking right about now.

The deadlines for entries for the contests and exhibits at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo are fast approaching.

If you haven’t sent your entry in yet, now’s the time to do it.

Hay entries closed on August 10, livestock entries will close on August 20,  and all other entries will close on August 26 – except for flowers, which close at 8:30 a.m. on September 3.

If you do send in an entry after these dates, never fear, you will still be included, although you will be charged a late fee of $5.00.

If you need help with filling in your form, or if you need a form because you’ve misplaced the original, drop by the Fall Fair Office, next to the employment centre.  Fair volunteers will be happy to help.

The office is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every week until the Fair.

Yes, the shuttle will run again this year all three days of the fair.  A shuttle will also run from Clearwater and Little Fort on Saturday only.  Watch the next issue of the Star/Journal for scheduled times.