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July 13-16 it’s Billy Barker Days again in Quesnel

One of the Cariboo’s premier summer events returns
Darcy Lazzarin of Williams Lake rides the Ferris wheel with Billy Barker. The Billy Barker Days Society and Shooting Star Amusements offer free Ferris wheel rides to seniors for one hour each Billy Barker Days kickoff to honour Gloria Lazzarin, Darcy’s mother, a former Quesnel councillor and Cariboo Regional District director and former Citizen of the Year, who passed away in 2019. Gloria Lazzarin, the 2015 Honorary Parade Marshall for Billy Barker Days, would ride the Ferris wheel every year, and this ride in her honour is the kick-off for Seniors’ Day in the Park at this year’s festival. (Black Press file photo)

Billy Barker Days will be the toast of the summer once again, in Quesnel.

Pandemic effects are past, volunteer drought was slaked, and the huge efforts were put in by volunteers and partner agencies. Like more than 40 times before, the community has come together and the community will feel that spirit that comes from within.

As has become custom, Billy Barker Days will kick off with a tribute to our elders. On Thursday, July 13, “seniors are invited to LeBourdais Park for a free light lunch and beverages, and entertainment. It is our pleasure to treat you to a day of fun and relaxation,” said event organizers.

It will begin with a free Ferris wheel ride. This now annual feature is in honour of Ferris wheel fan Gloria Lazzarin and happens during opening hour. Others may ride the Ferris wheel at the same time, but will pay admission while elders are treated to the joyous circle in the sky.

The list of other Billy Barker Days events is extensive and wide-ranging, testament to the power of volunteerism and community spirit. There are stock car races at Gold Pan Speedway plus Thursday crash-to-pass, the 56th Annual Quesnel Rodeo, geocaching, a pickleball tournament, the midway, a photo booth, word scramble contest, the Gold Dust Mall street vendors, a four-day list of mainstage entertainers, Kids’ Day on July 14, and so much more.

One of the central features is always the Billy Barker Days Parade, which commences on Saturday, July 15 at 10 a.m. Organizers urge everyone to “grab your lawn chairs and come watch the parade. Bring the family to watch floats, bands, vintage cars, dignitaries, and local royalty as they pass through the streets of Quesnel.” The route begins at the corner of Callanan and Shepherd (open field), down Shepherd to Kinchant, then to McNaughton, down Reid Street, quick jog involving McLean-Barlow-Kinchant, then back onto St. Laurent where it ends again on Callanan (adjacent the approach to LeBourdais Park).

For detailed information, visit the Billy Barker Days website at

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