The 119th annual Interior Provincial Exhibition is officially underway in Armstrong.
The fair opened Wednesday morning and runs through Sunday. Despite a bit of rain, hundreds flocked to the grounds — many also set up tents and trailers.
“Wednesday was a great start to the week,” said IPE General Manager Yvonne Paulson. “Even though the rain came we still had a great showing of people at the fair.”
In all, 13,194 people attended the first day of the exhibition — slightly less than the 17,051 the previous year.
“We aren’t concerned about the difference at this point as rain always affects the attendance a bit for sure,” she said Thursday. “We are looking forward to an awesome day today.”
The five-day event includes vendors, exhibits, animals, haystacks and horse blankets, music, rodeo, camaraderie, midway and much more. The keystone event, the annual parade, takes place Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
With sheep calls ringing around the park, this year’s theme is aptly named, “Sheep Thrills.”
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