Volunteers are working to make next month’s Provincial Winter Fair “the best fair possible in the Kamloops area.”
Cattle, sheep, 4-H entries, photography projects, horse show and gymkhana are just the beginning of the plans for the 78th annual fair in Knutsford, Sept. 23-25.
The fair (PWF) will be held at Circle Creek Equestrian Centre, a short drive from the city, tucked in behind McGowan Park and across Hwy. 5A from the Aberdeen area.
For the first time, there will be two simultaneous Provincial Winter Fairs in the region, a confusing state of affairs. Another group is holding an event with the same name on the same weekend in Barriere. A dispute over which group has the right to use the name is tied up on B.C. Supreme Court. A Provincial Winter Fair is also held annually in Armstrong.
That hasn’t deterred local organizers with Kamloops Exhibition Association.
“We are so pleased to be working with the team at Circle Creek to put on the best fair possible in the Kamloops area,” said David Arduini, fair chairman. “The PWF committee and our parent body, Kamloops Exhibition Association, have been working hard to secure this site and a variety of activities and entertainment for exhibitors and fairgoers.”
“Our focus will be on learning, with clinics on showing and fitting beef cattle and sheep, and English and western horsemanship,” Mr. Arduini explained. “We are looking to further celebrate local agriculture with a Farm2Chef grazing event and a Sunday Farmers Market.”
These events will showcase regional agriculture to Kamloops fairgoers, who will also be entertained in a Kids Zone and by Main Stage entertainers.
As details are finalized, more information will be available at www.provincialwinterfair.com, or by calling Arduini at 250-573-5803 or 250-374- 8898.