Kiskatinaw Fall Fair offers affordable fun for the whole family

One of things that makes it attractive is that is has stuck to its humble, agricultural roots since being established in 1934, said Joe Breti, chair of the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair Association.

"It's a country fair that harkens back to a long time ago. I really do not believe our fair has changed a lot in 70 years," he said.

The fair will begin on Friday morning as it plays host to a show by the Percheron Breeders Association of BC from 8 a.m. to about noon. The first events of the heavy horse division start late that morning at around 11:30 a.m. with the log-skid and halter classes. Breti said the log-skid event challenges horses and their handlers to navigate through pylons dragging a log behind them.

"It's pretty interesting, especially when you get into the teamed event."

Saturday continues with the heavy horse hitch classes that will include wagons and carts.

"The highlight of Saturday is going to be the heavy horse pull, where we actually weigh the horses off first, and then they enter a competition of how much weight they can actually pull," said Breti. "It's something that requires a very well-trained team, and a darn good teamster to be able to get these horses to pull."

He added there are about 100 classes of heavy horse events, with participants competing for cash prizes and for points that carry forward to other competitions.

Saturday will also include agricultural and handicraft exhibits featuring all kinds of animals – rabbits, chickens, geese, turkeys and much more – as well as displays of field crops and vegetables, horticulture, home cooking, school works and more. Each category will be judged, with ribbons and cash prizes awarded to the winners.

In the evening, patrons can enjoy a roast beef supper for with all the fixings for only a few dollars a plate.

On Sunday, breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by an open-air church service. The competition continues with a light horse show featuring the Western and English disciplines that starts at about 9:30 and carries on through most of the rest of the day.

Breti said the fact it is a smaller, less competitive fair than others gives riders of all ages and skill levels the chance to try out new techniques or equipment.

"It's a great place for young people to start, and for the more serious competitors, they like the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair because it is a great place to take a run at things before you get into more serious events."

He added there will also be classes for cattle starting at 10:30 a.m. if enough entries are received.

He said the fair offers lots to see and do for children, including free face painting.

There is no fee for admission, though donations are appreciated, said Breti. He said that model has allowed them to keep the fair affordable for families, while still allowing them to be successful due to the generosity of their patrons.

The fair grounds are located about five kilometres west on the 214 Road off the Braden Road, which can be accessed from Highway 97 about 34 kilometres west of Dawson Creek. For more information on the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair, contact Joe Breti at 250-843-7361.