Stampede is a wrap

Well we just wrapped up the 86th Annual Williams Lake Stampede and what an event it was!

Well we just wrapped up the 86th Annual Williams Lake Stampede and what an event it was!

It’s always so great to see so many people from the community come out for such a great time. The 63rd Annual Bridge Lake Stampede was also held this weekend and while I was unable to attend I know that it is always a great family favourite in the South Cariboo.

Rodeo season isn’t over just yet.

Out west we have the upcoming Anahim Lake Stampede July 7 & 8 and in the south we have the Interlakes Rodeo Aug 4 & 5. Rodeo riders from all across the region come to compete and show off their skills at these wonderful community events. Be sure to check them out!

I also want to take this opportunity to talk about some really amazing youth who are participating in an event called Kids Running for Kids. They’re a group of 70 Williams Lake kids who want to make a difference and help raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital by running all the way from Williams Lake to Vancouver. Each of them have been affected by conditions that require the special care of the BC Children’s Hospital, or know someone who has.

These valiant young sprites aren’t running from their problems – they’re running for a cause!

They departed on June 30 and will arrive at the hospital on July 7. The kids range in age from 6 to 18 years and will tackle about five kilometers per day.

The really amazing thing about this group is that they started with a fundraising goal of $25,000, but have already raised $52,000! With so much momentum and success already, they’re now aiming for a grand total of $100,000!  They’ve raised funds through raffles, dinner, dances, garage sales and so much more. I hope everyone can help out this amazing group if they can. If you’re visiting the Cariboo be sure to explore our beautiful areas as much as you can.

The Cariboo offers endless recreational entertainment. There’s beauty and adventure tucked into every corner of our peaceful region.


Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin.