By Hannah Allen
North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Queen 2011/2012
Greetings to my fellow North Thompson Valley members, I hope this report finds you happy and well. Another exciting weekend has come and gone. Recently, I was honoured to travel to The Williams Lake Pageant Coronation and represent the North Thompson Valley and Fall Fair. Unfortunately, North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo princesses Tianna Weninger and Cassandra Brown were unable to attend, but I had a great time nonetheless.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to Sylvia Chivers for generously taking on the job of being my chaperone for my weekend in the beautiful town of Williams Lake. During the drive, we were fortunate to take in the unique landscape of the Cariboo.
Along the way we also had the privilege of stopping at the 108 mile heritage site, where we were given a personal tour of the museum set up as a house from “the olden days”. In fact, the museum itself dates back to the late 1800’s, and was transported from its original location, to its current location at 108 mile. The large house was preserved extremely well, still containing such things as its original wallpaper from the year it was built.
Once finished there, we set off for Williams Lake. Upon our arrival and checking into our hotel we enjoyed a dinner with some of the committee members of the Williams Lake Pageant, who informed us how their program works, which is very different from ours. One of the major areas they focus on is horsemanship and even award the most improved rider at the final ceremonies.
At the Coronation the audience was entertained with short speeches given on each of the candidates most memorable experiences throughout their candidacy, followed by a slide show of the Royalty and candidate’s year, and the awards ceremony.
I would like to congratulate Terris Billyboy for being crowned Princess Williams Lake Stampede, and Alexis Forseille for being crowned Queen Williams Lake Stampede. These two ladies stood with poise and confidence on stage, and spoke like true Ambassadors. I am sure they will represent their city, as well as the Williams Lake Stampede with pride and enthusiasm.
As always I had the opportunity to meet some new people, and make new friends. My sincerest appreciation goes to the committee of the Williams Lake Pageant Program for allowing me to attend their Coronation evening. I had an amazing time exploring the diverse and historical city of Williams Lake, and I hope to visit again soon!
I have to apologize for this being only our second report, however I can tell you that it has been our pleasure to represent the North Thompson Valley at several different communities thus far, including Peachland, Logan Lake, Vernon, Chase and Kamloops; along with having the great fortune of participating in many local community events. We are very much looking forward to some upcoming trips to Quesnel, Lytton and Merritt. Until next time, I wish all of you a safe and happy summer.