INTERIOR PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION (Armstrong)
September 1 - September 5
The 2020 Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede is sad to report IPE 2020 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Public health must and always will come first.
This decision has been made by the board of directors and staff of the IPE with a great deal of consultation, discussion, and regret. Unfortunately, the Fair, planned for September 2, will not go ahead as planned this year. In these unprecedented times, we have consulted with peers from BC Fairs, CAFE (Canadian Associations of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions), West Coast Amusements, CPRA (Canadian Professional Rodeo Association) and have followed the health official and government press conferences for the last couple of months. Considering present circumstances, this decision was unavoidable.
We are deeply grateful to our many donors and sponsors who have generously donated in 2020 and previous years. We are fully committed to ensuring your contributions now and in the future go towards offering a top-notch Fair for our community in the future. THANK YOU!
From its earliest beginnings in 1899, the Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede has provided opportunities for people to gather for enjoyment and learning. As we adapt in the face of a global emergency, we will continue in this community spirit.
This is not the first time the Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede has been cancelled. In 1905, the Armstrong Spallumcheen Agricultural Fair decided to cancel their fair as they were going to participate and send an exhibit to the Dominion Fair, that was being held in New Westminster, BC. It would draw on visitors from the rest of Canada and the United States. Armstrong took third place in District Exhibits that year! (only 43 points behind the winner).
The IPE survived the Great Depression and World Wars I and II and still had the fair during those very difficult times. The IPE is resilient and will ‘forge on’. “Our Roots Run Deep!”
Thank you also to all our volunteers, exhibitors, and patrons. If you wish to become involved with or donate to the Interior Provincial Exhibition Association, we welcome hearing from you!
Our work continues: reorganizing for next years fair with new public health standards,
creating programming, and researching other Fairs for new ideas.
Mark next year’s date on your calendar: Wednesday, September 1, to Sunday, September 5, 2021.
We look forward to seeing you!
Meanwhile, look after each other and stay safe!
Follow our Facebook page at Interior Provincial Exhibition. Check our website at: www.armstrongipe.com
Email us at: [email protected]
For more info, contact General Manager: Yvonne Paulson – 250-546-9406