Fall Fair offering edutainment

Learn while being entertained during grandstand event at Quesnel Fall Fair

Cowboy poet

There’s a new and exciting edutainment event planned for the Quesnel Fall Fair, Sept. 19 – 20.

In addition to all the activities traditionally enjoyed at the fair, this year there’s entertaining songs and music, cowboy poetry and demonstrated safe horse handling and horsemanship all in a fun grandstand event. Those attending can also enjoy a steak dinner for just $15 either before or after the edutainment.

Edutainment is the combination of valuable education and entertainment.

From 5 – 6:30 p.m. on Sept 19 and 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 gather in the main grandstand and learn how to work safely with your horse.

Instruction is provided by Mark Grafton, horseman, stockman and manager of the Bar K Ranch and former director for Farm and Ranch safety and Health Association (FARSHA).

“Our goal is to help preserve and enhance the ranch cowboy and horse culture by advancing horsemanship and stockman ship skills of people working in these environments. This in turn improves safety, efficiency and job satisfaction.”

Work together with Grafton is Reg Steward, B.C. Provincial Ranching Consultant for FARSHA, superintendent of field operations for FASHA, contract cowboy and range rider.

The topics covered by these two experts includes working safely with your horse, both ground work and from the saddle; introducing a horse to cow work; equipment; helping a young horse and many other subjects.

Also in the main grandstand will be Gordie West, good old cowboy whose music is heard round the world.

Gordie has a thirst for the folklore of Western Canada and the old country music and he has gained worldwide recognition for his association with the Calgary Stampede, Alberta and Canada.

Cowboy festivals are his favourite events and Gordie takes every opportunity to belt out a tune, recite a bit of cowboy poetry or yodel for

an appreciative audience.

The Quesnel Fall Fair includes something for everyone, classic favourites like livestock displays, a two-day horse show, early learning expo and a few quirky events like the Lions Club Wiener Dog Races and a Donkey Days event sponsored by Bouchie Lake Country Store. For the kids there’s free bouncy castles, sponsored by TELUS.

And this all comes without any admission cost. Yes, the Quesnel Fall Fair is free.

Plan to spend time at Alex Fraser Park during the Quesnel Fall Fair for two days of free family fun.