No parade, no problem at the 2023 Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong.
Wednesday, Aug. 30 was the opening day of the IPE, and despite the late news of the cancellation to the popular parade, day one went off without a hitch.
The IPE was busy in the afternoon, with fun for the whole family, including food, carnival games, horticulture, agriculture exhibitions along with numerous other displays and shows.
In 2023, the swine, calf and goat competitions made their return, for the first time since 2019.
“It was so great to see the return of these events for the kids,” said Kelly Brown, a leader at the Armstrong Multi 4-H Club.
The 4-H is a group that aims to teach young people how to become productive, self-assured adults through agriculture.
“The 4-H teaches the kids several lessons,” Brown said. “The main act of buying an animal (pig, calf or goat), helping to take care of it, breed it, show it, then sell it is incredibly rewarding.”
Members are typically in the group from as young as nine, to 19.
The swine competition got underway on the first day of the IPE, with kids (who own the animal) showing the pigs around a small stage. They are judged on the pigs’ breeding traits, such as growth, degree of muscling, leanness, and structure.
The animals will be auctioned off on Friday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m.
Visit armstrongipe.com and check out The Morning Star newspaper and online for more information on the other events at the exhibition, which takes place until Sunday, Sept. 3.