Nechako Valley Exhibition Society


The following is a list of some of the features "Around the Grounds".
Please scroll to the bottom of the page for the times and locations of specific events in each barn/building.

Commercial Exhibits - all weekend, Small Animal Barn and around the fairgrounds

Friday & Saturday, 9 am to 8 pm
Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm

Commercial displays and sales have moved to the Small Animal Barn! 
Come shopping at the fair! All weekend long local vendors, from artists to farm equipment suppliers, will be set-up around the fair grounds selling their goods. 
Commercial Vendors Form
Food Vendors Form

Seniors' and Teen Day - Friday

On Friday the entry fee is only $6.00 for Seniors (65+) and Teenagers (13-18 yrs)
Seniors, come and enjoy the country atmosphere with a friend. 
Teenagers, come shop, eat and just hang out.
We want to see teens and seniors at the fair, so come and take advantage of the reduced rate!

Teen Idol Competition - Friday 2 pm, Music Shed

All Teens ages 13-19 years of age in the Nechako Valley--singers, musicians, dancers and bands--are invited to compete in this fun competition.
Experienced musicians will judge the performances.

Applications can be downloaded here (coming soon!) and require a $5 registration fee. They are due by July 30th and can be left at the Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce, or mailed to:
Nechako Valley Exhibition Society, PO Box 863, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0.

Mechanical Bulls - Saturday 10 am to 6 pm

RIDE 'EM COWBOY! The large bull for all you adult cowgirls and cowboys, and the baby bull for the junior cowgirls and cowboys. Come on out and test your riding skills. Do you have what it takes to last?

Extreme Trail Class - Sunday 2 pm - 5 pm
Outdoor Arena

Here’s a chance to show off your skills and those of your horse. The Extreme Trail Class is designed to test the abilities of the horse and its rider. 
There are four classes:
Junior - Ages 10-14
Senior - Ages 15-18
Adult - Ages 19 and over
Green Horse - for horses between the ages of 3-5 years come test your young horse and see if it has what it takes! Compete for a cash prize against other young horses.
Speedball Class
Beginner Rider Class - Never rode a course before

Entry Fee: $25.00

2017 Registration Coming Soon! - Extreme Trail: Registration Form

Junior Jackpot Gymkhana - Saturday 8 am Outdoor Arena

Nechako Valley Saddle Club's Junior Gymkhana!
100% of entry fees will be added to the pot, and payout to 3rd place in each event! Barrels, Polebending, Stakes
Pre-register by August 11, 2017
Contact Dorothy Abercrombie 250-570-8530 or Dawn Cummins 250-552-0718
Four Age Groups:
Lead Through (0-5)
Pee Wee (6-10)
Little Britches (11-13)
Intermediate (14-18)
Senior (19 & up)

2017 form coming soon! - Junior Gymkhana Entry Form

Pet Parade - Saturday 12 pm Small Animal Barn

All pets welcome!
How to enter: register your pet on Thursday August 17th after 5 pm in the small animal barn, or call Kelly Beal to register before Saturday
(250) 570-7715.

Movie Night- Saturday at 9 pm

Details to come...

Dog Obedience Competitions - Friday 4 pm and Saturday 4 pm, grassy area beside Exhibit Building

Ever wanted to test your pooch at obedience and agility? Randa's Rascals will have a course set up with free training tips and exercises to improve your handling and your pup's performance.
Enjoy an agility demontration and participate in fun obedience and agility competitions! All ages and experience levels welcome.
For more information contact Randa Russell at (250) 567-1512.

Bovine Ultrasound Pregnancy Testing Demo - Saturday, after the 4-H Auction in the 4-H Pavilion

Come and see a baby calf in utero. Bovne Ultrasound Pregnancy Testing gives you a picture of the fetus, or two, while still inside the mamma cow's belly. This less invasive technique is fast, accurate, and an exciting visual experience.
For more information contact: Allan Volts at 250-567-0018

Musical Entertainment - all weekend

The 2017 musical line-up will be varied this year with new group Zavan (a jazz group from PG), our good friends Rosewood's Diary, 45 Slide, Colin Walker and Macho Tsnami, Karen Cruise & Friends, Cowboy Church, Jerusha White with band (her 4th appearance here!), Dave Morrison & Playing for Keeps, Lloyd Muir, Sam Holden, Dave Forsbeg, CJ Olin, and a spectacular Canada 150 celebration.
It all happens on the Big Stage on Friday and Saturday, and under the Alcan Bandstand on Sunday. Relax and enjoy the great music, a little dancing and a lot of fun.

For further information about the 2017 music program, please contact
Randy Springer:  250-961-3518 (c) or 250-567-9693 (h).


Exhibit Building

Wednesday, August 16
12 pm - 8 pm
Submit Exhibit Building Entries

Thursday, August 17 - Judging

Friday, August 18
12 pm - 8 pm
Open for viewing

Saturday, August 19
9 am - 8 pm
Open for viewing

Sunday, August 20
9 am - 4 pm
Open for viewing
Pick up Exhibits: 4:00 pm

Beef Barn
Saturday, August 19
10 am

Showmanship Classes
Market Steer
Registered Beef Classes
Angus Gold Show
Simmental Award of Excellence
Pen of 3 Heifers

Sunday, August 20
10 am
Jackpot Bull Calf Class
Jackpot Yearling Heifer Class
Beef Show Awards

Draft Horse Barn/Arena

Friday, August 18
10 am
Driving Classes
(Turn Out, Mini Turn Out, Training Dressage Test 3, Pre Lim Dressage Test 3, Working Pleasure, Mini Working Pleasure, First Year Horse, First Year Mini, First Year Driver

2 pm
Arena Driving Trials

Saturday, August 19
9 am
Heavy Horse Halter Classes

1 pm
Driving Cones, Mini Driving Cones, Barrel Obstacles, Mini Barrel Obstacles, Drive and Ride


4-H Barn

Friday, August 18
8 am
4-H Achievement & Open Classes
2 pm
4-H Beef Show 

Saturday, August 19
4 pm
4-H Auction

7 pm (invitation only)
4-H Buyers' BBQ

All 4-H products and animals will be on display in the 4-H Barn for the duration of the Exhibition, and will be available for purchase at the Auction.
Buyers are responsible for their animals after 4 pm Sunday

More about the 4-H Auction

Main Arena

Friday, August 18
2 pm

4-H Beef Show

Friday, August 18
5 pm


Saturday, August 19
8 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mutton Busting

2 pm - 7 pm

Sunday, August 20
9 am
Roping Series Finals

2 pm
Heavy Horse Pull

Outdoor Light Horse Arena

Friday, August 18
8 am - 12 pm
4-H Horse Show

Saturday, August 19
9 am - 12 pm
12 pm - 6 pm
6 pm - 9 pm
Barrel Racing

Sunday, August 20
9 am
Extreme Trail Class