PHOTOS: Old-fashioned fun and games on the creek

Children aged six and younger compete in the Sack Race Sunday, Sept. 1 during the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. Lindsay Chung photo
Mrs. Hodgkinson (front) and Miss Wilson compete in the Costumed Ladies’ Egg and Spoon Race.
Four-year-old Elliesia Parkins of 100 Mile House chooses a candy from Billy Barker as her mom, Juanita, looks on, after taking her turn in the Funny Face contest at the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day Sept. 1 in Barkerville. Parkins ended up winning the contest.
Six-year-old Adelaide Anderton (left) and three-year-old Celeste Anderton of Quesnel compete in the Cracker Eating Whistle Race.
Children aged seven to 10 compete in the Sack Race Sept. 1 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park.
The judges confer during the Funny Face contest Sunday, Sept. 1.
Six-year-old Joshua Wolfe of Prince George takes part in the Funny Face contest.
Nine-year-old Mattias Anderton of Quesnel is ready to compete in the Cracker Eating Whistle Race during the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day Sept. 1 at Barkerville. Lindsay Chung photos
Mrs. Hodgkinson demonstrates the Cracker Eating Whistle Race as Billy Barker listens for a whistle Sept. 1 during the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. Lindsay Chung photo
Competition was fierce to find out who was the strongest on the creek during the 20-Pound Hammer Toss. Lindsay Chung photo
Mr. Fisher of Barkerville takes a turn at the 20-Pound Hammer Toss during the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day Sept. 1 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. Lindsay Chung photo
Troy Rud of Williams Lake competes in the 20-Pound Hammer Toss Sunday, Sept. 1 during the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day at Barkerville Historic Town and Park.
Shane O’Neill of Kamloops competes in the 20-Pound Hammer Toss.
Children aged six and younger compete in the Sack Race Sunday, Sept. 1 during the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. Lindsay Chung photo
Visitors to Barkerville Historic Town and Park take off on the Ladies’ Egg and Spoon Race Sept. 1 during the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day. Lindsay Chung photo
Tanya Warner of Prince George reaches the finish line in the Ladies’ Egg and Spoon Race Sunday, Sept. 1 during the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. Lindsay Chung photo
Children aged six and younger compete in the Sack Race Sunday, Sept. 1 during the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. Lindsay Chung photo
It takes a lot of concentration to successfully compete in the Ladies’ Egg and Spoon Race.
The Ladies’ Egg and Spoon Race was a popular event during the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day.

Competition was fun but fierce Sunday, Sept. 1 when Barkerville Historic Town and Park hosted the 10th Annual Williams Creek Sports Day.

Featuring a variety of gold rush games for young and old, the special event included an afternoon of competitions such as broad jump, ladies’ nail driving, greasy pole climb, tug of war, sack races, egg toss and cracker eating whistle races, presided over by Billy Barker himself.

This was the final event of Barkerville’s summer season, and some of the hours are changing for the fall season. From now until Sept. 29, exhibits, shops, eateries, accommodations are still open, but some hours are reduced or tours are offered less often, and the Visitors’ Reception Centre is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (as opposed to until 6:30 p.m. during the peak summer season). Visit barkerville.ca for full details.

The next special event at Barkerville is the ninth annual Cowboy and Drover Jubilee this Friday to Sunday (Sept. 6-8).

It all gets started with a Kick-Off Social Friday night, starting at 7 p.m. at the House Hotel Saloon.

There will be cowboy poetry and musical performances by Bernadette Ducharme, Larry Krause, Gordie West, Tom Cole, Ed Wahl, Jocelyn Winterburn and Mike Holte throughout the day on Saturday.

Gordie West and Jocelyn Winterburn will share their cowboy poetry at 11 a.m. in St. Saviour’s Church, Ed Wahl will perform at 12:30 p.m. in the House Hotel, Tom Cole will sing at 1 p.m. in the Methodist Church, Gordie West will perform at 2 p.m. in the Methodist Church, and Bernadette Ducharme will sing at 2:30 p.m. in the House Hotel.

The performers will gather for an All-Artist Showcase Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Theatre Royal to share the stage and play together. Admission is by donation.

Following the showcase, there will be a Cowboy Dance “from 8 p.m. to late” in the Pavilion.

Sunday’s activities begin with Cowboy Church at 11 a.m. in St. Saviour’s Church. A new event this year will be the arrival of the historic re-creation of the Nam Sing Cattle Drive. The group re-creating one of Chinese pioneer Nam Sing’s deliveries of produce an other goods to Barkerville is expected to arrive on Barkerville’s main street Sunday at noon.

Sunday will also feature the Belt Buckle Raffle draw at noon. An annual fundraiser for the Cowboy and Drover Jubilee, the raffle features a custom silver buckle that includes a gold nugget inlay.

Tickets are $10 each or three for $20 and can be purchased at the Visitor’s Reception Centre, Eldorado Gold Panning, Barnard’s Express, Mason and Daly General Merchants and the House Hotel.

READ MORE: Re-creation of Nam Sing pack expedition rolls into Barkerville Sept. 8 at High Noon



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