Wagon rides, games, canoe races at Big Lake

The 21st Big Lake Country Fair is coming up this Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Big Lake Community Hall.

The 21st Big Lake Country Fair is coming up this Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Big Lake Community Hall. The farmers’ market starts at 10 a.m. and the exhibits open for viewing at 12 noon.

Events include wagon rides, children’s games, softball game, canoe races, local music, watermelon eating contest, paper airplane toss, face painting, hay bale toss and more. There will be a bingo, portraits, hog calling rooster crowing, craft tables, farmer’s market, auction, door prizes, a raffle and fun fair food.Churn Creek celebration

The spectacular landscapes of Churn Creek Protected Area along the Fraser River will be the location of a B.C. Parks 100th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 13 starting at 11 a.m. Organized by the Friends of Churn Creek and the Canoe Creek Indian Band, the event includes family games and other activities, both traditional and modern, and a free salmon lunch and hot dog roast.Meet at the Churn Creek bridge at 10:30 a.m. or to carpool, meet in the lot near the “Y” by the A&W in Williams Lake at 8 a.m. The drive to Churn Creek Protected Area from either Williams Lake or 100 Mile House takes about two hours. For more information contact Ordell Steen at 250-398-5017 or oasteen@shaw.can or Phyllis Webstad at 250-989-2222.Xatsull cultural event

Xatsull Heritage Village is hosting its second cultural event of the 2011 season on Saturday, Aug. 13. There will be fishing and fish preparation demonstrations; traditional dancing, singing and drumming, story telling, traditional arts and crafts; workshops and traditional local food. Guided tours of the village will also be provided.Doors open at 11 a.m. with arts and craft tables. Lunch is at noon. Performances begin at 1 p.m. Tours, workshops and demonstrations begin at 2 p.m.Xatsull Heritage Village is located right on the Fraser River. From Williams Lake, head north on Highway 97. After 35 km follow the signs to Xatsull Heritage Village and turn left off the highway. Admission is by donation. For more information visit Hatsullheritagevillage.com or contact Miriam Schilling at 250-989-2311. Legion welcomes veterans

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 will hold an open house at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 to say thanks to the Afghanistan veterans and their families. Everyone in the community is invited to take part. For more information call 250-392-7311.

Voyageur paddle

The voyageur canoe will be out on Williams Lake on Tuesday, Aug. 23. From 6:30-9:30 p.m. you can paddle the lake in the giant voyageur canoe, then listen to Anna Roberts share her knowledge about the bat population of this region. If the weather’s good, you might even see and hear (through Robert’s bat detector) the bats swoop down from their caves to feed over the lake.

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