JULY 13 – 16, 2017 – CANCELLED FOR 2017
The Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society regrets to announce that the 2017 Festival and related events have been cancelled. After taking all information into consideration, we feel it is in the best interest of the community to cancel the event. This is the first time in the 44 year history of the Festival that it has had to be cancelled.
We thank all of our sponsors and the public for their patience and understanding as we work to undo several months of preparation over the next few days. Safety and the impact to the community has always been our top priority.
Although the Billy Barker Days Festival has been cancelled, the draws for the Billy Buttons gold nugget and the program prizes will still go ahead on the LeBourdais Park stage at 5:45 pm on Sunday, July 16th. Please get your program entry forms and buy your Buttons to/at the following locations:
- Billy Barker booth next to the Post Office on Tuesday ONLY (July 11th) from 11 am to 4:30 pm
- Billy Barker office (next to Visitor Centre) from July 11th to July 14th inclusive from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Remember with less entries, there is a better chance of WINNING.
The colouring contest will still continue as planned.
What Is Billy Barker Days?
Quesnel’s Billy Barker Days is a family festival celebrating our gold rush heritage. The Festival features four days of entertainment for those seeking action, relaxation, fun and excitement. The community comes alive with business decorating, 1860’s costume rentals, Seniors’ Day and Kids’ Day, free stage entertainment in the park, plus the midway, dances, parade, rodeo, the Gold Dust Mall, and many other activities sponsored by other community organizations. The Festival winds up Sunday evening with Billy’s Spectacular Fireworks display. Whatever you are looking for, mark your calendar for the 3rd full weekend of July for Quesnel’s annual Billy Barker Days Festival.
A Brief History
In 1973 Town Council along with the Chamber of Commerce hatched the idea of a summer festival to showcase our beautiful town and its pride in our gold rush heritage to the many visitors stopping in Quesnel. With a budget of $3,000.00 from the Town, the first annual Billy Barker Days was underway. The organizing committee did some research and found that the best summer weather had typically occurred the third weekend in July, which happened to be when the Quesnel Rodeo was held. A meeting was struck between the two groups and it was agreed that the new Festival would be held in conjunction with the Quesnel Rodeo. The Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society now organizes and funds the Festival. The majority of our funding comes from Corporate Sponsorship. It is because of our business community that the Festival has endured for over 40 years. During this time some events have changed, some sadly no longer exist, but a few continue on – The Parade, Fireworks, Business Decorating, free Stage Entertainment, and Costumes. Four decades ago the vision of the committee was to host a family festival at little or no cost to the community and to visitors stopping to “see what was going on.” To this day committee members are proud to continue this tradition. Billy Barker Days sponsored LeBourdais Park events are free. You can spend one day or all weekend in the Park and enjoy Stage Entertainment, including the Headliners for free! The Billy Barker Days Society members are all volunteers, they work year round to ensure that the Festival is ready to go on the third weekend of July. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who come out for the weekend to help with this event.
“Stake Your Claim To The Good Times”
Billy Barker Days 2017 – July 13 – 16, 2017
Another year and another Festival on the third full weekend of July as have occurred for the previous 43 years. On behalf of the Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society, I hope you find a number of events to enjoy as a participant and/or as a spectator during the period July 13 to 16, 2017!
Our members are ready and willing to help you enjoy this wonderful summer festival – ask a yellow-shirted volunteer a question and they will hopefully have a quick answer. Buy a program so you are up-to-date on what is happening each day and are aware what entertainers are on the LeBourdais Park stage for your listening enjoyment.
Visit the sponsors listed in our program and on our website. Without them we would not have a Festival.
President Maureen Murray
Stake Your Claim To The Good Times!
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