IPE Mission StatementThe IPE strives to develop, maintain and promote a sustainable dynamic community event focusing primarily on agricultural education and awareness.

Armstrong Mayor's MessageOn behalf of City Council and the community, I am delighted to welcome you to the 120th annual Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede.

On behalf of City Council and the community, I am delighted to welcome you to the 120th annual Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede.

This year’s IPE theme is Horsin' Around at the IPE.  It is with great enthusiasm that Armstrong opens its doors to celebrate BC’s premiere agricultural tradition. 

All ages will enjoy the parade, competitions, interactive displays, the spectacular rodeo, and the down home charm of both the fair and our community.

An entire year goes into preparing for the annual IPE and it couldn’t be possible without the dedication of the volunteers, organizers, residents, businesses, and societies of all kinds. 

There is no place like home when you live, work and play in the Heart of Country, Armstrong, BC.  Come and experience “Pride of our Past, Spirit of our Present, and Vision of our Future.”

 

Chris Pieper, Mayor

Spallumcheen Mayor's MessageThis is an exceptionally BIG year!

It's that time of year again to saddle up and gallop on down to enjoy some Horsin' Around while taking in all that the fair has to offer.  We wish you much joy as you take in the rides, treats and excitement of the exhibition and we encourage you to take some time to enjoy the beautiful farming landscapes that surround you while you are here.

Whether you come for the amusement rides, the great food options or to see the farm animals and the agricultural displays, you will certainly not be disappointed.

On behalf of  Township Council and Staff, we wish everyone a very warm welcome to the 120th Annual IPE and Stampede.

Mayor Christine Fraser

 

President's MessageOn Behalf of the Board of Directors, it is with great pleasure that I extnd a welcome to the 120th year of the Interior Provincial Exhibition.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is with great pleasure that I extend a welcome to the 120th year of the Interior Provincial Exhibition.

2019 marks 120 years of the Armstrong Fair & the year of the celebration of the Division of the light horse. What could be a more fitting Division to celebrate 120 years.

The horse was first domesticated over 6,000 years ago. They are believed to have been domesticated widespread by 3000 BC. They were easily trained, giving mobility & freedom to the rider & were largely instrumental in the expansion of humanity. No other animal, except the dog, has offered the friendship & the pride of ownership as the horse. We hauled the horse across oceans & rode them across continents. They carried our ancestors, men, women & children through the ages of both war & peace. They have survived the innovations & machinery designed to replace them & today still hold the same place in our hearts as in long ago.

120 years ago, the citizens of Spallumcheen, Armstrong & the North Okanagan attended the Fair with horse drawn wagons & on horseback. At the Fair the light horse was an animal of personal pride, exhibited & judged over the years in competitions of racing, jumping & horsemanship & remains so today.

The Light Horse Division today is the largest Division in the Fair running from early morning until late in the evening each day. The fair opens August 28th so saddle your horse & come to enjoy the greatest agricultural fair in British Columbia, the 120th of the Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede.

Ted Fitchett
IPE President

General Manager's MessageHorsin' Around at the IPE this year. It’s our 120th year of showcasing the Interior Provincial Exhibition.

Welcome to the 120th IPE.  We’re ‘Horsin’ Around at the IPE’ this year.  Please be sure to come and enjoy everything HORSE this year.  The Director of the Light Horse Division – Patti Thomas has a wonderful horse show for everyone to enjoy.  Of special mention is the Cowboy Challenge being held on Saturday, August 31st from 10:30 am to 1:00pm.  Watch the cowboys’ skill on horseback as they run through the paces of an obstacle course.  (Kind of what it would be like on the ranch).

We are so pleased to have AcroBark at the fair this year.  This is where the President’s Choice SuperDogs team up with some of the best acrobatics from Canada.  This is sure to be an interactive theatrical experience you won’t soon forget!  Visually exciting and wildly entertaining, AcroBark is a family-friendly show that celebrates the relationship between people and dogs in a whole new way!

Agriculture will always be the focus of our fair.  You may want to come to the fair on multiple days to take in all the Agriculture shows during the fair.  Beef, Dairy, Swine, Rabbits, Poultry, Goats and the list goes on.  Don’t forget to come and view your family and friends’ entries in our Exhibit Hall at NorVal Arena.  You will see some of the largest pumpkins, photos, hobbies, quilts, field & seeds, vegetables, fruit, floral, baking and Canning and home brewing of beer, wine and liqueurs. 

Of course, we will have all your favourite fair food, midway rides and marketplace vendors.  If you feel like kicking up your heels get your tickets to the Barn Dance (19+) for the Friday or Saturday night after the rodeo.  Oh yeah, we have rodeo entertainment each night with the Finning Pro Rodeo Tour Finals on Sunday.  Get your tickets to the rodeo early to avoid disappointment when we sell out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

We are looking forward to hosting you at the 120th Interior Provincial Exhibition! 

Yvonne Paulson

General Manager

Buy your tickets onlineWe are proud to announce online ticket purchasing this year!

It's that time! Secure your seat for this years Rodeo by pre-purchasing online, get General Admission tickets, and you can even pre-purchase your ride bracelets to avoid line ups at the gate! 

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