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vancouver island exhibitionThe Vancouver Island Exhibition (VIEx) is celebrating 123 years of great family fun, education, and community excitement. That’s right… 123 years! It’s the biggest and oldest event in Nanaimo!

Think about British Columbia in the summer sunshine and Nanaimo is pretty much the quintessential image. Huge trees, mountain views, green parks, pretty homes, ocean water, boats, ferries, a carnival full of rides and games… OMG, we can’t wait!

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abbotsford agrifairThe Abbotsford Agrifair is more than “the best little country fair on Earth”. It’s Abbotsford’s only event offering such a huge variety of entertainment and education in one location over three days – August 4th to 6th, 2017.

The Canada 150 celebrations are far from over in this wonderful city that is the jewel of the Fraser Valley and only an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver. Agrifair will once again bridge the gap from city to country and from generation to generation.

All for a very affordable price!

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maple ridge pitt meadows country fest There is nothing like a good old country fair to bring a community together, have loads of fun, and learn a thing or two!

So saddle up! Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows in BC’s Lower Mainland are putting on their annual two-day agricultural shindig on July 29th and 30th 2017. Just like living in the two cities, the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest is the perfect combination of the best of rural and urban living.

Head for the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge. Best of all… admission is FREE and you can park for just a TOONIE!

Country Fest – Loved for Over 100 Years!

For 114 years, people from all over the Lower Mainland have been flocking to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest to be amazed, educated and entertained by the best of the best in farming – from animal exhibitions of all sorts to hilarious races, competitions, and sheep shearing demos. Read More »

spring and summer carnivals BCWhen a carnival arrives in your British Columbia town, you know your kids will not let you off the hook about taking them to it. You have to admit, though, a visit to a carnival in the spring or summer in BC is a great chance for the whole family to get outside and shake off the rainy weather blahs. If it’s the summer when school’s out, a day or two at a carnival can ease the pressure on you to come up with yet another activity that will keep the kids from dying of boredom. Read More »

Spring 2017 Family Events in British Columbia Spring 2017 in British Columbia cannot come fast enough! Not only because we are absolutely sick of winter but because there are amazing spring events in BC coming up.

Of course, several of those events involve midway fun as the first BC carnivals for the 2017 kick off!

Ah, Spring in BC…

As we write this, winter is still trying to bring us down with yet more snow across our province. But any day now the milder weather will win the battle and we will put on our shorts and head out to enjoy incredible forest and mountain vistas.  Read More »

trail-silver-days 2017Canadians are known for being kind, inclusive, family-oriented and, most of all, fun. As spring takes hold at last for 2017, there’s an event in British Columbia that encompasses all of these great qualities: Trail Silver City Days!

If you’re needing to get out and about this spring, Trail is the jewel of the Kootenays and in May it will be the Fun Capital of BC. All of us in the Shooting Star family are super excited to kick off the 2017 carnival season by returning to Trail where we had an absolute blast only a year ago.

Trail Silver City Days 2017 will take place from May 10th to 14th and is gearing up to be the best yet. The theme this year is ‘A Homecoming Celebration’ and we’ll certainly feel like we’re coming home – bringing our midway with us! Read More »

15 Years of Partnership to Continue

bulkley valley exhibitionThe best midway in BC is coming back to Smithers! The 2017 Bulkley Valley Exhibition will see Shooting Star Amusements continue bringing its kids fun, thrill rides and midway games to the awesome interior town of Smithers. And beyond!

Because the BVX and Shooting Star have signed a multi-year contract, continuing the midway company’s already 15-year-old sponsorship of this great event.

“The whole team at Shooting Star is absolutely pumped to be coming back to Smithers again and again,” said Shooting Star President Joe Medeiros. “My wife, Brenda, and I have treasured our relationship with the Bulkley Valley’s people, and we’re so excited we can keep treasuring it for a long time to come”.

Set Your GPS for Smithers in August 2017!

In the best days of BC summer, Smithers lights up with families and locals getting together Read More »

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at “the Best Little Country Fair on Earth”

abbotsford agrifairThe 2017 BC summer carnival schedule is already heating up with Shooting Star Amusements announcing it will return to the Abbotsford Agrifair.

“We have a bumper 2017 ahead, destined to be our best year yet,” said Brenda Medeiros, co-owner of Shooting Star since 2002. “2016 was our inaugural appearance at Agrifair and it was such a smash success, they’ve immediately signed us on again for more.”

July next year marks Canada’s 150th centenary year and the celebrations of pride will continue throughout the entire month, including at Agrifair in the heart of BC’s amazing Fraser Valley.

Agrifair 2016 Was a Smash!

“Our goal was to create an event our community would want to come and see, and they came!” said a delighted Ernie Silveri, President of Agrifair.

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salmon arm fairIt seems like it was only yesterday that the first touch of Summer was upon us. It probably feels like yesterday because of how cool the early part of BC’s 2016 Summer was. Suddenly the kids are almost back to school (Yay!) and it’s raining at the PNE (what a surprise!).

Well, the warmth of good fun is still going strong in spectacular parts of BC with the upcoming Salmon Arm Fair and Rock Creek Fall Fair. Get on the road for one more weekend away. Or two! The golf is amazing, the mouth watering fresh produce is ripening, the sunshine is still warm, the mountain vistas are amazing, the Fall colours are gorgeous, and… there are fun fairs with midways, games and mini-donuts!

Have one last Summer fling and ring in Fall properly by going to a country fair! One of them was founded almost 120 years ago, so let’s just say it’s had a lot of practice at being awesome!

Salmon Arm Fair – Sew It, Grow It, Show It

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parents carnival survival, bc summer carnivalFew things are more enjoyable than making memories with your family at a carnival. Of course, with little kids, sometimes few things can also be so stressful or draining. You need your “radar” on all the time and there’s so much going on that can over-stimulate the young ones.The secret is to be prepared and organised. Doing so can save your sanity without sacrificing any of the carnival magic and care-free fun.

If you’re taking your kids to a BC summer carnival, you may find it helpful to use this carnival survival guide for parents so you can enjoy your day of fun and handle anything it might throw your way.  Read More »

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