EDITORIAL Enjoy all the fair has to offer

The IPE spells family fun for everyone and it begins today and runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds.

As the nights get cooler, it’s a sure sign that summer is slowly coming to a close in the North Okanagan.

However, an even more significant sign over the last 115 years that summer is wrapping up in these parts is the Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede in Armstrong.

The IPE spells family fun for everyone and it begins today and runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of all that’s offered at this iconic event and ensure all the hard work that goes into this wonderful tradition is enjoyed by as many people as possible.

This year the fair is appropriately saluting 4-H on the occasion of its 100th anniversary in B.C.

So get out and see some of the favourites – horse, beef, dairy, sheep, swine, goats, poultry – as well as the new, including rabbit agility demonstrations and competitions.

But, of course, there’s so much more to see and do as well: including the West Coast midway, an impressive lineup of entertainment, the CPRA Rodeo Wrangler Tour action every night, the exhibitors, the Westcoast Lumberjack show and so much more, not to mention the food.

And all thanks to the IPE board, management, some 450 volunteers and more than 30 non-profit groups involved in some way, as well as participants and sponsors.

Plus you, the people who get to go and enjoy it all.

“The IPE is a great gathering place in our community,” said IPE general manager Bryan Burns. “People see their friends and it brings back lots of memories. Some people remember coming as children and now they’re bringing their grandchildren. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the fair.”