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rock creek and boundary fall fairReady to kick up some dust at one of the last true country fairs? Well, it’s your last chance of the 2017 season! Bring the family to the 2017 Rock Creek and Boundary Fall Fair on September 16th and 17th! Rock Creek may be a small community, but it punches way above its weight every year putting on the grandest country shindig in the region. It’s time for community fun, family fun and farm fun – that’s what living in Boundary country is all about. So head to the stunning mountain country of the awesome Kettle River Valley.

When and Where the Action is Happening

Mark your calendar for Saturday September 17th and Sunday 18th and set your GPS for the Rock Creek Fairgrounds on Kettle Valley Road. Check here to see the fair’s layout and where you can park.

September in this neck of the woods is still a sun-drenched month. And camping sites are right nearby, so bring your RV or trailer!

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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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bc spring/summer carnival

At the time of writing this, there’s no more waiting for BC’s spring and summer carnival season to begin. But you may have to wait in line for some of Shooting Star’s awesome amusement rides.

When lining up, we urge you to PLEASE observe some rules of courtesy and safety. We have seen an alarming uptick in poor line behaviour, particularly line cutting, so we’re offering this guide in the hope that everyone can have a controversy-free day at one of our carnivals.

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point grey fiesta

A review on Facebook reads: “Best west side celebration there is. A truly neighbourhood event, it’s always wonderful to connect with others in the area. There is a ton of fun to be had!”

That sums up the Point Grey Fiesta perfectly.

If you’re anywhere in or near the Vancouver area, head to the 2017 Point Grey Fiesta from Friday June 16th through Sunday June 18th.

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group outing ideas / bc spring carnivalDo you have a special event coming up and are racking your brain how to make it super fun? Are you searching for a great idea for your social group, your club, your company department, or even your sporting team? Group outings to pubs and restaurants are OK, but you want something that will really entertain and bond people.

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Popular Shooting Star Rides for BC’s 2017 Carnival SeasonWhat are your strongest memories of going to carnivals and fairs as a child? Whenever I ask people that question, their faces light up and they think back to a time of pure innocence and joy. Then the answers come. Some say the famous mini-donuts. Others recall the midway games and happy times in the great weather. But everyone, without exception, remembers their favourite amusement rides.

Whenever you think of a carnival, you think rides. As you approach one, the big rides are the very first things that come into view, generating excitement no matter how old you are.  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 »

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!

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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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