Three years before the City of Prince George was incorporated and the same year the titanic sank, the first Prince George Exhibition was held! According to Ted Williams, one of Prince George’s most notable local historians, “A few men met, had a few drinks, put their straw hats together and came up with the idea of a fall fair”. They hoped that townspeople and farmers in the district would exhibit, compete, enjoy themselves and draw the community together. Only in a handful of instances has the fair been cancelled; it has weathered the storm of world wars, times of hardship and prosperity, growth and development, growing pains and change. This spirit continues. August 8-11, the BCNE invites you to “Get Your Country On”!
An impetus for tourism, the BCNE is the highlight of the summer and our region’s largest and longest running family event. The BCNE can boast the highest number of volunteers and the largest crowds over any other annual event.
The annual BCNE brings rural and urban communities in northern BC together on a grand scale like no other; celebrating our unique northern spirit, showcasing our collective history and celebrating the contribution and significance of rural life.
Hosting several equine competitions will collectively bring hundreds of teams and thousands of competitors in the draft horse, team cattle penning and barrel racing divisions, to the fairgrounds in Prince George.
4-H youth, leaders and their volunteers and families have been working all year long for the opportunity to showcase their Achievements and host the annual 4-H Auction at the BCNE this summer. Potential buyers are encouraged to support local agriculture and these future farmers, growers and producers.
The Directors Welcoming Reception will be held Thursday August 8 in the Atrium of CN Centre and feature appetizers of locally grown and produced food, BC wine and beer, and a first rate celebratory program that includes top notch entertainment by William the Conjurer of Art of magic. Members and Dignitaries are invited to attend, please contact the BCNE general office to be included: (250) 563-4096.
The oldest division and a cornerstone to any fair or exhibition are the Home Arts & Horticulture Divisions. Dozens of Sections including baking, woodworking, spinning & weaving, quilting, cut flowers & baskets and hundreds of classes to enter are all featured in this annual Prize Book. We encourage folks to enter at least three Classes and challenge three friends to do the same! Let’s fill Home Arts & Horticulture with a sea of ribbons.
Mark August 8-11 on your calendar and Join us for everything from barrel racing to heavy horse pulls, entertainment & shows on our BCNE stage, events including a community pancake breakfast & the Saturday night Western Hoedown, competitions between fire fighters, pigs & ducks and a whole lot of fun for all ages and the entire family! www.bcne.ca
Please support the organization that brings you the annual Exhibition!
Purchasing a Membership is a low cost way to show your support of the annual Exhibition and it really packs a punch, it is a pledge that demonstrates core community support! Membership has its Privileges! View the Membership Page for more information and a membership application form.
MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT
Prince George Agricultural & Historical Association
2. The Purposes of the Society are to:
a. Educate and engage the general public, with an emphasis on Youth, as to the significance and contribution of all aspects of Agriculture, for the benefit of healthy communities and the environment, in the province of British Columbia, through partnerships, programs and activities that include sponsoring an annual Agricultural Exhibition.
b. Embrace and actively cultivate the opportunity to foster spirit and pride in the City of Prince George, British Columbia, as sponsors of an annual Exhibition with roots in our community since 1912, interpreting our community’s history to celebrate our diversity through programs, exhibits, events and activities held during the annual exhibition.
2. (a) The Vision Statement of the Society is:
Promoting the contribution and significance of Agriculture;
Celebrating our History and Roots