104th BCNE Starts Next Week
Prince George, B.C. – Preparations are going well for this year’s 104th annual British Columbia Northern Exhibition (BCNE).
President Alex Huber says the rodeo will be back by popular demand along with something new – the Chainsaw Competition.
“We have eight competitors – two of the guys from the “Carver Kings” television show in Williams Lake are coming up,” he says. “There’s chainsaw carving and we’ve got some big prizes for them.”
Other highlights include a performance by country music star Rod Black, the Heavy Horse Pull, and of course all the rides (advance wrist bands can be purchased at all Save-On-Foods locations and the BCNE office for $30. That’s $10 less than during the fair).
He says families will also be pleased to know parking will be free for the second consecutive year.
“Absolutely. We’re not doing the pay parking anymore. It’s just a tough thing in this town to wrap your head around.”
Considering the affordable admittance rate – $10 for those 12 and up, Seniors (55 and up) $5 and children 11 and under free – he says they are hoping for a good turnout this year.
“We can’t get accurate numbers allowing kids 11 and under in for free but we’ve had numbers from previous years and you can tell by the feedback,” says Huber.
“I mean we’ve expanded the food court and there’s 50 percent more vendors and they’re making more money than they did before so obviously there’s more people buying food off of them. And alcohol sales are up – you can kind of gauge by that there was more people last year than previous years.”
He says the wildcard in all this is the weather.
“We’re like the farmers – we’re dependent on the weather. If it’s too hot people don’t want to be on the pavement when its 35 degrees and if it’s raining you can only hit the beer garden so long.”
The event runs August 18th to August 21st.