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Harvest Fair offers lots of family entertainment

The Tolko Stage beside the curling rink will be humming with entertainment for children and adults alike during both days of the Williams Lake Harvest Fair this Saturday and Sunday.


The Tolko Stage beside the curling rink will be humming with entertainment for children and adults alike during both days of the Williams Lake Harvest Fair this Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday the musical lineup on the Tolko Stage starts with the Jessie Chapin Band noon to 1 p.m.; Perfect Match 1 to 3 p.m. Cariboo Youth Fiddler Group 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Sunday: Drum and Bell Tower 11 a.m. to noon; Lava Lamps and the Mood Poodles noon to 1:30 p.m., and Williams Lake Pipe Band 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Both days there will be entertainment by the popular magician Clinton W. Gray and children’s entertainer Tiggley Wiggley. Both days there will also be big toys and a children’s play land set up next to the curling rink.

Both days people can watch some amazing dogs perform feats such as weaving through poles at high speeds, racing through tunnels and walking high planks guided by their handlers in the dog agility matches that start at 2 p.m. each day in the ball diamond infield ball diamond.

The popular loggers sports events take place Saturday starting at 10 a.m. in the Stampede infield.

Small animals such as chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs will be displayed in the small barns set up by the curling rink.

Inside the curling rink visitors can take a tour of all the entries in dozens of categories including photography, pies, bread, cakes, canned fruit and vegetables, cut flower arrangements, quilts, crotchet and needlecraft work, as well as garden and produce such as potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, honey; homemade wine and beer, and much, much more.

The spinners and weavers will also be giving demonstrations on site.

The large animals such as sheep and cattle will be over in the Trail Rider’s Arena. Saturday afternoon visitors can watch demonstrations on how cattle are groomed starting at 2:30 p.m. and how sheep are hand-sheared and groomed starting at 4 p.m. Beef show and judging starts at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Trail Rider’s Arena..

Sunday there will be all sorts of fun events for families in the Trail Rider’s indoor and outdoor arenas starting with the children’s pet parade at 11 a.m., followed by  rooster crowing and bale toss contests starting at 2 p.m.

Sunday a jackpot gymkhana in the Trail Rider’s outdoor arena starts at  11 a.m.

The fair wraps up Sunday afternoon with the awards presentations on the Tolko Stage at 3 p.m. followed by a fair auction of flowers, baking and other produce.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children and seniors and includes access to all venues, free horse-drawn carriage rides between the trail rider’s venues, caricature drawings by Ted Couling; plus a chance to win door prizes of a gift basket from Blackstock Distributors and a patio set from Canadian Tire.

Meals available on site are extra.

Both days of the fair visitors can start off their day with a breakfast in the Stampede infield concession or drop by one of the other concessions on site.

Adding to the fun  there will be a Little Britches Rodeo  in the Stampede Grandstand starting at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

Both Saturday and Sunday afternoons the  2011 B.C. Professional Bullrider’s Association Finals take place in the Stampede Grandstand with 20 top riders from the season competing for $14,000. in prize money and the championship buckle.


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