Stake Your Claim to Fun at the 2017 Billy Barker Days

July 7, 2017

billy barker daysCalling all fun-in-the-sun seekers in BC’s Cariboo District and beyond! Quesnel’s famous annual Billy Barker Days festival is on again from July 13-16, 2017. If you’re in Prince George, Barkerville, Williams Lake and other parts of the Cariboo, don’t miss these four days of non-stop entertainment, action, fun and excitement.

Billy Barker Days – Great Community and Family Fun!

Billy Barker Days is an annual, family-oriented celebration of the Quesnel community, the Cariboo district, and BC’s rich mining history. Billy Barker is a legend in these parts. He was the first to strike big gold in the Cariboo back in the 1800s, spawning the Gold Rush, and he founded the town of Barkerville.

So, step back in time to the Gold Rush days! This Quesnel fair is a virtual goldfield of amusements! From July 13-16, the amazing people of Quesnel will be at their historic festive best. They’ll be dressed in 1890s costumes, the businesses will be decorated, and there’ll be loads of entertainment.

Shooting Star Amusements Wil Be There!

Shooting Star is joining the Billy Barker Days celebrations by bringing our awesome midway rides, games, and food vendors. The action takes place at LeBourdais Park (701 Carson Ave) across all four days. Check here for the hours of operation.

Each day we’re offering wristbands for all day rides at great value! On Thursday ride all day for only $30, Saturday and Sunday for $35, and on Sunday, our Kids Day Special, for only $25!

Spin, whir and zip as often as you like! From the Berrry-Go-Round and the family favourite Ferris Wheel to the Sizzler and the Kamikaze, we have rides to make anyone smile. And we have the classic carnival games, like Gone Fishing, Prize Factory, Balloon Pop, shooting galleries, and more. Our games of chance and skill will entertain everyone. You’ll see miles of smiles and have buckets of laughs!

Have the Best Time at Billy Barker Days – Especially the Kids

So many amusements are planned, particularly for children:

  • Kids’ Day on Friday. Free fun with crafts, games, balloons, face painting, and more.
  • Teddy Bear Clinic. Bring your teddy bears on Sunday and have them checked over by the Doctor and Dentist.
  • Billy’s Treasure Hunt. On Friday July 14th, set out to find treasure and maybe strike it rich.
  • Colouring Contest and Amateur Photo Contest!
  • Pizza Eating contest! Laugh and cheer as contestants stuff themselves as fast as they can.
  • Billy Barker Slam Jam. Cheer the skateboard and bike competition at Skate Park, organized by kids for
  • Quesnel Rodeo. Children under 6 are admitted free. Special events this year include wild cow milking, wild horse race, and kids’ calf scramble.


The speed and skill of the drivers will get your adrenaline pumping and leave you awestruck. See motocross racers from all over BC race for the BC Championship Cup. Root for the contestants at the Crash-to-Pass competition where cars must hit to pass and the last car running wins! And experience Quesnel’s very own stock car racing event!

Dance, Shop and Eat to Your Heart’s Content

There will be non-stop entertainment on the stage all weekend long! Headliners perform on Friday and Saturday night. And put on your dancing shoes for the Billy Barker Days Dance at the Seniors Center on Saturday.

The Gold Dust Mall, the outdoor street market, will be packed with of vendors from all over the Cariboo. Plus you’ll get all kinds of tasty treats at the many food concessions – cool off with a snow cone or satisfy your sweet tooth with some cotton candy. Look for Shooting Star’s food vendors near the rides at LeBourdais Park!

Parade and Fireworks

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the parade on Saturday. It starts at 10:00 a.m. Admire the floats, marching bands, old cars and trucks, and local dignitaries, as they pass along the parade route.

And on Sunday, top off this awesome weekend with a dazzling display of fireworks! It will be simply stunning!

See you at the 2017 Billy Barker Days bonanza! Come and stake your claim to fun!

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