Dave Hunter

Dave Hunter

Gates open for IPE today

Armstrong abuzz for 113th annual Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede

There’s a real buzz in Armstrong.

The gates open today for the 113th annual Interior Provincial Exhibition, and the festival, which is celebrating the honey division, runs until Sunday.

“People are getting excited. There’s big hype about it,” said Bryan Burns, IPE general manager.

“It’s a great family fair. There’s something for two-year-olds and 85-year-olds.”

As always the highlights include the midway, the rodeo, the craft exhibits and the commercial displays.

But the primary goal of the IPE is to promote agriculture and remind people about where their food comes from.

“There are more beef cows and more dairy cows this year,” said Burns.

Melissa Drydyk is preparing for the 4-H cattle competitions and looking forward to checking out the fair.

“It’s a blast, especially when you’re with all of your friends,” said the Grindrod resident.



Besides cattle, keep an eye out for poultry, swine, goats, horses and llamas.

There will also be a few camels, lions and other exotic critters during the Extreme Wild show.

“We always try to find new things and make things exciting,” said Burns.

For those into horticulture, baskets of apples, pears, peaches, onions, potatoes, carrots and other fresh produce can be found.

Flowers of all varieties are ready to dazzle the eye.

“I love flowers and it’s nice to share them with others,” said Nettie Kilba, from Enderby, who enters her dahlias every year.

About 153,853 people went through the gate during the five days of the fair in 2011.

“You never know what will happen this year,” said Burns, who won’t speculate on attendance.

“We expect people will come. They mark it on their calendar.”