Despite rain on Day One, North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo could be pushing through the roof in attendance over the Labour Day weekend.
Most years, the Barriere fair hosts between 10,000 and 12,000 visitors. By noon Friday, one of the fair campgrounds was already full.
“By all the things we’re seeing, this year could be a bumper crop,” said Jill Hayward, president of the fair association.
Camping spots remain open for the 67th annual celebration with its themes this year of scarecrows and heavy horses.
Saturday’s forecast was downgraded Friday with steady showers forecast to continue Saturday. There is an 80 percent chance of showers Saturday, though the rain is expected to ease off Sunday. All going well, there should be a mix of sun and cloud Sunday and only a 40 percent chance of showers Monday.
“We have a lot of indoor facilities, so you can get out of the rain,” Hayward said. Rodeo stands are covered as well.
Among many attractions, the fair features a logging show three times a day along with lawn tractor, pony chuckwagon and pony chariot races. Here's the complete schedule.
This weekend also offers a last chance for 4-H kids to show their animals ahead of the Provincial Winter Fair later this month, Sept. 20-26, at the same fairgrounds.
Another Provincial Winter Fair takes place the same weekend in Knutsford at Circle Creek Equestrian Centre.