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Dual winter fairs underway, north and south

September 23, 2016 3:27 P.M.

Thrills and spills are in store for the 78th Provincial Winter Fair in Kamloops through the weekend.

The fair, one of two being held in the region this weekend, takes place at Circle Creek Equestrian Centre, tucked in behind McGowan Park and across Hwy. 5A from the Aberdeen area. In Barriere, meanwhile, the other Provincial Winter Fair takes place at the North Thompson Agriplex. It's the first time since 1939 that two fairs have been held.

Kids were already busy with 4-H activities on Friday, said Evelyn Pilatzke, PWF Society president in charge of the Barriere event.

“Everything seems to be going along tickety-boo,” she said. They have about 70 percent of the 4-H participation they had last year, amounting to about 200 youths.

A new event this year, the Boundary Dash, hosted by the Boundary C Club, enables 4-H youth to raised funds for next year’s event.

In Kamloops, spectators can take in shows each day by the Laughing Logger Lumberjack Show as well as duck and pig races held by Richard’s Racers. 

“We are ensuring that fair-goers are well entertained throughout the day,” said David Arduini, chairman. “The Laughing Loggers are extremely popular and they are doing three shows each day at the fair. We are grateful to the generous sponsors who have made this show possible at our fair.” 

Richard’s Racers will be doing three duck and pig races each day. Many of the pigs in these races have been sponsored by local businesses, “So we will see which pig from Universal Reproductions - Rob, Randy, or Lorraine – wins the race,” Arduini said.

More information on the Kamloops event is available at For details on the Barriere event, visit

Market animals and photographs will be sold by live auction on Monday, Sept. 26, at Circle Creek.

The dual fairs result from an ongoing dispute over who has the right to hold the fair. The fair was relocated to Barriere after Kamloops Exhibition Association’s lease with the Tk’emlups First Nation fell through in 2010, but the KXA has always wanted to bring the fair back to Kamloops. Barriere organizers maintain that the KXA doesn't have an exclusive right to hold the event. 

The dispute is expected to be resolved in a court case to be heard before next year’s event.

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