North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo
Start your Labour Day Weekend (September) at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo watching eight seconds of the wildest ride around. Watch as 1,800 pounds of fury buck and kick in an attempt to throw the cowboy off its back. Eight seconds that feels like a lifetime for that cowboy. Take in all the action at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo.
Celebrate the Cowboy Lifestyle
The Lower North Thompson Valley is pure ranch country. The Monashee Mountains gently give way to wide-open ranges. As you drive along you’ll see long-horned steers, grazing sheep and cattle, and bale after bale of fresh-cut hay. Our agricultural roots run deep at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo. It’s your chance to experience a little of what it’s like to be out on the range.
Every year, over 10,000 visitors step through the gates of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo. Held in Barriere, you are sure to experience a roping good time. Steeped in 65 years of tradition, our rodeo centres itself around the pride of community and good ol’ fashioned values. Hold on to your hat… our roster of long-established rodeo events will have you screaming YEE-HAW. Get inspired as you walk through the rows of the fall fair. Take in the colours, sights and smells of the locals’ handicrafts. Discover just how far community pride goes here. Bring your dancing shoes and get to know the residents at the countrified evening events. Traditional? Yes. Outdated? Not a chance.
White Knuckled Action
Giddy up! Hold on to your hat, the excitement is immeasurable as cowboys saddle up and reach for their dreams. Take in the adrenaline packed experiences of bull riding and steer wrestling. This is the only BC fall fair still featuring the classic pony chariot and chuck wagon races. It will have you on your feet cheering for your favourite. Don’t forget the junior events at this family-friendly rodeo. You’ll be astounded as local youth take their turn to harness the strength of these mighty animals during events like barrel racing and steer riding — mini but mighty!
More than just a Rodeo
Quench your thirst for knowledge with some hands-on activities. Create modern day scarecrows in the recycled scarecrow contest. It’s a true blend of old and new. Summon your inner farmer at the lawnmower races or sit in the cool shade of a tree in the Companion Garden. Don’t forget to check out the North Thompson Agriplex. This building is community based pride at its finest. The brand new 36,000 square foot 2.5 million dollar building was almost entirely community funded through private donations and fundraising. This fair has something for everyone. We guarantee you won’t want to leave.
The sun may set, but the fun is just beginning. The family dance is a place for you and your brood to bond over great country music and wholesome fun. his one’s for the adult crowd and will have you dancing the night away. The adults can kick up their heels at the cabaret dance. Get your western injected entertainment on tap at the cowboy concert. There are cowboy poems, music and more to create more memories than you can handle.