A weekend of fairs and festivals in Kamloops

Shea Duffney, Katrina Cañedo, Mo Salihou and Barb TenEycke at the 2017 Art Battle Canadian Championship in Toronto.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Art Battle

KAMLOOPS - Festivals and fairs come to Kamloops for the first weekend of fall.

The 79th Provincial Winter Fair starts today Sept. 22 and runs until Monday, Sept. 25 at the Circle Creek Ranch and Equestrian Centre. The Winter Fair's highlights include a 4H Show and Sale, Pig Races and Food Trucks. Admission includes most attractions and is $8 for adults, $5 for students six to 18 years old, and free for children five and under.

Acrylic paint and brushes will fly at the Art Battle, a competitive speed painting event happening this weekend. CJ's is hosting the Art Battle from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. In 20 minutes, painters will create the best work they can while patrons move around the easels. The audience is the judge and will vote for this favourite painting. You can also bid for your favourite piece in the silent auction. More information can be found on the website or their Facebook page. To register for the event, click here.

Today the BIG Little Science Centre is holding LEGO! Construction Day. At 655 Holt St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., builders will gather and structures constructed.

The Western Canada Theatre and Theatre Northwest continue to present The Best Brothers at the Pavilion Theatre. In this comedy, a free-spirited woman dies leaving her two sons to bicker over her funeral arrangements. A feisty Italian greyhound, her personal effects, and questions like "Who did she like best?" and "Who gets the dog?" are all unearthed. Tickets available on their website or at the Kamloops Live! Box Office. Admission is $30.

The West Coast Amusements Fair is taking place today until Sunday, Sept. 24. Depending on weather and customer attendance the fair will be open at Aberdeen Mall from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Saturday, the Kamloops Farmers' Market's presents the Annual Tomato Festival. From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. taste tomatoes and see who wins the biggest tomato. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Bestselling and award winning author Gail Anderson-Dargatz will host a writing workshop on Saturday leading up to Kamloops' Writers Festival. The workshop called Getting Your Book Noticed in the Age of Information Overload will concentrate on marketing in a digital age. To register online for $20, click here.

It is the first weekend of fall and the Saturday Farmers' Market will continue on St. Paul Street from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come down to support local produce and crafts. You can participate in the Shoreline Cleanup or see what community groups are doing to be more sustainable.

The City of Kamloops is celebrating our communities rivers by presenting World Rivers Day at Riverside Park on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be arts and crafts, live music and entertainment, face painting, opportunities to "fish for prizes”, and more. The goal of this event is to be a fun way to increase awareness of water-related issues and promoting core values associated with sustainability, conservation and river stewardship.

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