The booths will then be open for public viewing, for everyone else to check out the handicrafts, artwork and photography, and will stay open on Sunday as well.
Some of the highlights of the weekend include the all day stock dog competition and light horse show at 5 p.m. Saturday, and the log sawing and spike driving contest starting at 11 a.m. and horse shoe tournament at 1 p.m. on Sunday. A tractor pull will be held both days at 10 a.m., along with the heavy horse show and pull on Sunday at 4 p.m.
There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family, including an open music jamboree Sunday at 2 p.m., dance lessons, an amateur talent show at 2 p.m. Saturday and the 2nd annual So You Think You Can Country Dance Fort St. John competition at 4 p.m. Sunday. There’s lots to keep the children happy, with games, a treasure hunt, face painting and story time.
There will be a variety of concession stands open throughout the weekend, as well as a pancake breakfast Saturday morning from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Camping opened at 5 p.m. Thursday night, and costs $30 for the weekend. Admission for each day costs $10 for an adult, and $5 for youth aged 6 to 16 years old.
The first agricultural fair in the North Peace was held in 1929 in the location where Robert Ogilivie Elementary School now stands. Although it went through a hiatus during World War II, the North Peace Fall Fair Association was formed in 1947 and the fair was held on a yearly basis in a different community each year. The present site was leased in 1954, with the first 10 acres purchased in 1978 and an additional 33 acres in 1981, partially with the help of the Peace River Regional District. The North Peace Fall Fair is located 21 kilometres north of Fort St John on Rose Prairie Road.