The Ag Event Centre at Alex Fraser Park first opened in the summer of 2020. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

The Ag Event Centre at Alex Fraser Park first opened in the summer of 2020. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel’s Alex Fraser Park set for busy summer

The park’s calendar is packed with events

Alex Fraser Park is going to a busy place this year. There are only five days in March without an event scheduled on their calendar.

The park’s president, Christine Miller, said she was looking forward to seeing COVID-19 restrictions loosen.

“Most of the events that we had last year or this year were outside events, so the restrictions don’t affect us as much as some indoor events,” she said.

“We’ve got some bookings, and we’re excited, because it’s really starting to bring back the events that everyone looks forward to.”

Annual events like the Quesnel Rodeo Club’s Gold City Classic, a 4-H show and sale and the Quesnel Fall Fair are filled out by weekly and monthly events like barrel racing, team roping and gymkhana.

In 2022, the park will be hosting two major rodeo events, with the High School and Junior Rodeo provincial finals set to take place in Quesnel June 10-12 and May 21 – 23 respectively.

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The 2022 Provincial Team Roping finals will also take place inside the park in late July.

“That’s bringing in tons of people,” Miller said of the provincial finals, adding that big events help local businesses.

“I never miss the rodeo events down here, because it’s something I really enjoy.”

Miller hopes the park will be able to organize a formal opening for the Ag Event Centre. The building has been active since 2020, but no ribbon cutting or celebration has been held due to COVID-19 rules.

“The city has planned a grand opening event for not only the Ag Event Centre, but the new trails, (and other projects),”

“There’s a lot going on that the city has done, but because of COVID, there’s been no real grand opening or showcasing it. I don’t know if the city is looking at planning something, but we definitely want to have something.”

More improvements are planned into the Ag Event Centre, with Miller hoping to add virtual meeting capability, as well as wheelchair access for the upper floor.

The full schedule for Alex Fraser Park is available on their website, www.alexfraserpark.ca.

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