August 12, 2013
Great to see many of our “Fair Friends” during the 5 day event! Even with the rain you still came and gave us encouragement when we needed it and praise with our efforts.
We lost our Wednesday due to rain, rain and more rain. Only good part of being rained out is about 75% of our exhibitors and contestants were already on site and camped. We had already taken on 17” of rain over three weeks prior and then the torrential down pour filled the creek, arms of the creek and burms on the low side of our grounds. Pumps and Vac trucks were on site and we pumped water Wednesday and Thursday. After a short meeting of the committee we made a plan to start lifting the sand off the track at 5:00 am on Thursday morning and with 11 trucks hauling new sand, we then graded, packed and harrowed into shape. By 2:00 pm we start the Slack for our Pro Rodeo and then onto wagons by 4:30 pm.
Encana was still able to host their staff and clients in the Hosting Tent on Wednesday night, Ranch Rodeo moved to Friday morning and TB Horse racing the same. Midway was able to run in the late afternoon Thursday, Agriculture Fair started a little late Thursday as we pumped water from their show rings and we still managed to pull off the Sponsor Kick Off BBQ on Thursday night.
We have so many volunteers who came to our aid after the rain with equipment, workers and even some extra cash. You all know who you are and this Exhibition Association will be forever in your debt!
Our sites are now set on clean up, reseeding the chuckwagon and rodeo contestant areas. Then getting ready to present our 1st Annual Dual Sanctioned Pro Rodeo in the Encana Event Centre. The enthusiasm this past weekend from our US and Canadian cowboys in anticipation of the spring rodeo, April 25 &26, 2014 is just what we wanted to hear.
Thanks again you are a special bunch of people, see you down the trail!
Yours in the Betterment of our Communities
Dawson Creek Exhibition & Stampede
Connie Patterson President