“We’ve had a lot of rain,” she says. :26 “They expanded the oval there for the horses, so it’s all fresh ground, and then we got all this water… we’ve got six inches of water sitting there.” 

Since June 1, nearby Fort St. John has received 250 millimetres of precipitation, or a little under 10 inches in 10 weeks. 

This is the first time in the event’s long history that it has been cancelled, other than for Great Depression and World War II. The first Kiskatinaw Fall Fair was held in Progress, B.C. west of Dawson Creek 79 years ago, organized by the Farmers’ Institute and the Peace River Woman’s Institute in 1934. 

While there are no plans for it to be held later this year, the cancellation won’t affect plans for next year’s fair.