The Interior Provincial Exhibition kicks off in Armstrong

The 119th IPE kicked off Wednesday morning in Armstrong. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)The 119th IPE kicked off Wednesday morning in Armstrong. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)
The theme for this year’s IPE is “Sheep Thrills.” (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)The theme for this year’s IPE is “Sheep Thrills.” (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)
3-year-old Hudson Mork celebrates successfully popping a balloon at this vendor. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)3-year-old Hudson Mork celebrates successfully popping a balloon at this vendor. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)
Dallas Webster, age 3, enjoys one of the many rides offered throughout the fairgrounds. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)Dallas Webster, age 3, enjoys one of the many rides offered throughout the fairgrounds. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)
Chrystal Pellikaan of the South Thompson 4-h club (and her lamb) competed in the Senior Showcase Wednesday. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)Chrystal Pellikaan of the South Thompson 4-h club (and her lamb) competed in the Senior Showcase Wednesday. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)
Sophia Rose, age 4, gets her face painted at the 2018 IPE in Armstrong. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)Sophia Rose, age 4, gets her face painted at the 2018 IPE in Armstrong. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)
Sisters Lily Brown (left) and Amalia Brown (right) enjoy a carousel ride Wednesday afternoon. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)Sisters Lily Brown (left) and Amalia Brown (right) enjoy a carousel ride Wednesday afternoon. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)
Animals, like this llama, are a big draw at the IPE. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)Animals, like this llama, are a big draw at the IPE. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)
Agricultural festivities include shows, competitions and petting zoos. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)Agricultural festivities include shows, competitions and petting zoos. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)
The 5-day event continues throughout labour day weekend. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)The 5-day event continues throughout labour day weekend. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)

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.

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With sheep calls ringing around the park, this year’s theme is aptly named, “Sheep Thrills.”

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