August 28, 2013 - 8:18 PM
KAMLOOPS – It's the final long weekend of the summer and there are many ways to enjoy it, be it taking in the final days of Music in the Park, camping, enjoying one of the nearby fairs or maybe even running your legs off at the ultramarathon.
The myriad of weekend events has already kicked off with the Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede in Armstrong. The event runs Wednesday through Sunday and daily events include chuckwagon races, Canadian Pro rodeo events, kids world with petting zoo and entertainment, 4-H shows, lumberjack shows and live entertainment.
There will also be a youth talent competition, a stage dedicated to local Okanagan talent, an iron chef competition and of course barn dances Friday and Saturday night. Monster trucks, an antique tractor show and shine, rooster crowing and a midway round out the wide variety of events available at the 114th annual exhibition.
Heading north to Barriere the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo is also taking place this weekend (Friday through Monday) and will offer 4-H competitions, entertainment, B.C. Rodeo Association rodeo, horse shows, chuckwagon and chariot racing and children's area. Dances, concerts and parades will also take place over the weekend.
Those looking for something sporty without the horses and livestock can head to the Kamloops Target Sports Association grounds (Cow Town) to take in the Single Action Shooting Society national championships on Saturday and Sunday or take in the first Blazers home game of the preseason when the team hosts Vancouver on Sunday.
Looking for a challenge? On Sunday try out Walk in the Park, the longest running ultramarathon in the Interior. With 18 km, 36 km and 54 km options, push yourself yourself to the limit. So far 48 people have registered for the event, including more than a dozen in the 54km race.
Need to keep the kids busy? Arnica is hosting a monster mash workshop at the old courthouse. Participants will turn old plastic toys and toy scraps into creative species.
Music in the Park also wraps up Friday (McDonald Park) and Saturday (Riverside Park) with a performances by Sabrina Weeks and Earthbound. Maritime Kitchen Party will also offer a lively Celtic performance Friday at Riverside. Another free concert at Sun Peaks also takes place Saturday as Colin James, a six time Juno winner, takes to the stage.
Finally those looking to go camping can enjoy campfires this weekend after B.C. Wildfire lifted the ban on campfires earlier this week.
No matter how you choose to fill your weekend Environment Canada is calling for above normal temperatures with lots of sunshine in the Kamloops area, with highs varying between 27 and 31 C over the weekend.
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