The 81st Provincial Winter Fair will take place this weekend at the Circle Creek Ranch and Equestrian Centre, at 2175 Running Horse Ranch Rd. just off Highway 5A before Knutsford.
Fair chair David Arduini said the event — which will run from Friday through Monday — will feature 4-H members, musicians, students and vendors.
Friday through Sunday has events geared toward the public, while Monday’s focus is on live auctions or those in the industry.
“Everything’s coming together,” Arduini said. “This weekend, we will welcome 4-H exhibitors from across the region and showcase local agriculture while providing a unique country fair experience to Kamloops fairgoers.”
The weekend is the culmination of the year’s work for 4-H members with beef, sheep, horse, photography, rabbit and goat projects. They will be joined by open exhibitors also showing off their animal husbandry and ranch livestock.
These 4-H members have raised their projects, feeding them, learning to care for them and preparing to compete with them, since the beginning of the year,” Arduini said.
“Now they get to show them off while getting together with their 4-H friends from around the province.”
The grand champion lamb will be awarded on Saturday afternoon and the steer champions will be revealed on Sunday afternoon. Showmanship classes will run on Saturday and Sunday mornings, while the horse show and gymkhana will take place on Sunday.
In addition to the 4-H activities, fairgoers can participate in the Kids Zone, with appearances from Wishing Well Princesses and Uncle Chris the Clown, while being entertained by Richard’s Racers Pig and Duck Races throughout the weekend. Jump’n’Jax inflatable toys will keep the kids busy, while the parents can enjoy local music on the mainstage, featuring Tennessee Walker Band, Marshall Potts Band, Ashley Pater, Hugh McLennan, Yale County Jug Band and Ruby Bruce.
Also returning is the popular Grapes and Grill event from last year, with wines paired with chef-prepared hors d’oevres made with 4-H beef and lamb. Tickets to that 19-plus-age event are $30 and include admission to the fair.
Daily admission to the fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is $8 for adults and $5 for students (ages six to 18) and seniors (ages 65 and older). Kids ages five and younger are admitted free of charge.
More information about the Provincial Winter Fair can be found online at provincialwinterfair.com.