At this time of year in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, there’s always something fun and exciting going on. And that’s part of one of the most rewarding aspects of being an MLA — to be able to connect with constituents and take part in their festivities. Communities get to show off their talents, their passions, and of course, their amazing spirits.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the second annual Alexis Creek Daze. A fun, family event which brings together the community of Alexis Creek and beyond, this year’s Daze was a smash hit, just like last year. The community put on amazing events such as a poker run, a good-spirited arm wrestling competition, mountain bike racing, a remarkable talent show, and, of course, showcased many different craft and vendor’s displays (I even got in a bit of early Christmas shopping). It was a real treat to take part in the horseshoe competition again this year. I was lucky to be partnered up with Al Madley once again and we took on some pretty incredible teams. Nearing the end of the tournament there were only three groups left: Al and myself, Bryce Bayliff and Jaquie Catalano, and Renato and Franzi from Switzerland. With 13 teams it was a super close match, especially between Renato, Franzi, Al and myself at the very end. But for the second year in a row, we were lucky to take home top prize. Everyone was such a good sport and we had an great time. It was wonderful to see some old friends like Slim and Darlene Brecknock, Hugh and Helen Bayliff, Al and Bev Madley, Sharon Henry, Val Telford, Kevin Newberry who came from Chezacut, and the Schellenbergs who came in from Redstone.
As we drove past Alexis Creek we saw the paving job being done by Peters Brothers and it looks like they’re almost finished; it’s always nice to see new blacktop. Just like last year, it was a really fun and relaxing day. As important as it is to take our regional issues to Victoria and work hard at the legislature, having down time in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, especially in the summer, is one of my favourite parts of the job.
Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin.