82nd Annual Provincial Winter Fair 2020, Kamloops

Provincial Winter Fair hosts live 4-H events.
Masks, attendance limits the hallmark of BC’s only live 4-H show.

KAMLOOPS – “It was an incredible fair in unprecedented times. Proud of all the kids, parents, organizers, sponsors, and buyers. Thank you all!”

These were the words of Pritchard 4-H club parent Elizabeth Charleyboy, whose children exhibited 4-H Photography and a Youth Open Market Lamb at the 82nd Provincial Winter Fair “Series of Stock Shows and Live Auction” September 25-28, 2020 at Circle Creek Ranch in Kamloops, the only live interclub 4-H show and sale in BC this year.

Ainsley Dempsey, a senior member from Yale County 4-H club, showed 4-H beef and sheep projects at the fair. “I didn’t think we would get a chance to show, seeing as all the fairs before PWF were online or didn’t happen. I was very happy and it was unexpected -- I had to halter break when they announced it, because I didn’t think we’d get to show. We lost a lot of members this year in our club, and I felt like those of us who stayed and completed the year were rewarded with this opportunity,” she said.

To minimize numbers on site each day, the PWF went with a haul-in, haul-out model, creating a series of shows rather than a traditional fair. Dempsey thought it was effective: “The haul-in haul-out model made it less stressful, and although it took away from that fun you have hanging out with other members, we understood that’s how it had to be for this year. It was actually less stressful for my animals, too.”

PWF Chairperson David Arduini explained, “We developed an enhanced health and safety plan requiring mask wearing, screening of attendees, and physical distancing. Lower-than-usual entries were an admitted advantage this year, allowing the event to maintain limits of 50 people on site. And we had fantastic sponsor support from Universal Reproductions for signage, and Super Save for handwashing stations throughout the site.”

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All photo credits to Alysha.Eileen Photography (Alysha Milward is a former Clinton 4-H club member in Beef in Photography!)

Janessa Rushka, Yale County

Sr Sheep Showmanship (Portia Comrie, LNT; Alley Wilson, Pritchard; Ainsley Dempsey, Yale County; Alyx Narjes, Grassland)

Connor Cornish, Yale County, Poultry Trio - SussexHen 

Tavish Comrie, LNT