PHOTOS: Billy Barker Days opens in Quesnel!

Joey Stromquist (left) and Marj Blackstock ride the Ferris wheel Thursday morning. The Billy Barker Days Society and Shooting Star Amusements offered free Ferris wheel rides to seniors in honour of Gloria Lazzarin, a former Quesnel city councillor and Cariboo Regional District director who died this winter. Lazzarin used to ride the Ferris wheel every year. Lindsay Chung photo
Lily Bourgeois and R.J. Proulx dance to Grand Thrift Auto at LeBourdais Park during Seniors’ Day in the Park as the 45th Annual Billy Barker Days Festival kicks off in Quesnel. Lindsay Chung photo
Two-and-a-half-year-old Siggy Eyford reaches for a high five during his Billy Barker Days midway ride Thursday afternoon in LeBourdais Park. Lindsay Chung photo
Liz Odirne and Del Boles dance to Grand Thrift Auto during Seniors’ Day in the Park Thursday. Lindsay Chung photo
First Nation Band performs at Billy Barker Days Thursday afternoon. Lindsay Chung photo
Five-year-old Lennon (left) and six-year-old Huxley Peters of Fort St. John ride the roller coaster Thursday afternoon during Billy Barker Days. Lindsay Chung photo
Brooke Guikema tries on a cowboy hat in the Gold Dust Mall along Reid Street Thursday afternoon. Lindsay Chung photo
Jaxon Hollis and Gracie MacDonald sell SkyFest show tickets and raffle tickets, as well as souvenirs, at the SkyFest Booth in the Gold Dust Mall on Reid Street. Lindsay Chung photo
Twenty-month-old Dreysin Stafford of Prince George is pretty serious about his train ride Thursday afternoon during Billy Barker Days. Lindsay Chung photo
Kellie Gunderson sells her Dark Art wares, including candles and mugs, in the Gold Dust Mall along Reid Street. Lindsay Chung photo
Darcy Lazzarin of Williams Lake rides the Ferris wheel with Billy Barker Thursday morning (July 18). The Billy Barker Days Society and Shooting Star Amusements offered free Ferris wheel rides to seniors for one hour to honour Gloria Lazzarin, Darcy’s mother, a former Quesnel councillor and Cariboo Regional District director and former Citizen of the Year, who passed away this February. Gloria Lazzarin, the 2015 Honorary Parade Marshall for Billy Barker Days, would ride the Ferris wheel every year, and this ride in her honour was the kick-off for Seniors’ Day in the Park at this year’s festival. Darcy is Gloria’s middle daughter, and she also rode the Ferris wheel with Gloria’s niece, Betty Ambery, on behalf of the family. Lindsay Chung photo

Quesnel’s free family festival celebrating our Gold Rush heritage is in full swing, as the 45th Annual Billy Barker Days Festival began Thursday (July 18).

The four-day festival features live entertainment in LeBourdais Park, the Gold Dust Mall on Reid Street, midway rides, laser shows, a Crash to Pass, stock car racing, a parade and much, much more.

Friday is Kids’ Day in the Park, and there will be crafts, games and stage entertainment for children from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday is also the beginning of our 54th Annual Quesnel Rodeo, which takes place all weekend at Alex Fraser Park.

Visit billybarkerdays.ca for a full schedule.

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