PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George Agricultural and Historical Association will host the B.C. Northern Exhibition August 12-16 at Exhibition Park with help from a $70,000 grant from the B.C. government.

“The B.C. Northern Exhibition celebrates our unique northern spirit,” British Columbia Northern Exhibition board president Alex Huber said. “Last May, we partnered with the Citizen to put on our first-ever fan-con show with William Shatner. This August, the celebration continues! Funding will be used for entertainment, which includes a rodeo, a battle of the bands and a taste market where chefs will cook locally grown food. There’s something for everyone at the fair, so come on out and have some fun with the entire family.”

“The B.C. Northern Exhibition is a summer highlight here in Prince George,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “Regional fairs like these help build a sense of community and support not only our local farmers, but farmers throughout the north-central Interior. It’s part of our culture and offers a variety of fun activities for people from all walks of life. I encourage residents and visitors alike to attend and see what the exhibition has to offer.”

Entertainment includes draft horse and barrel racing, the annual 4H Auction which supports local agriculture, as well as shows and musical performances. The Home Arts and Horticulture divisions offer activities such as baking, woodworking and quilting.

This grant is awarded under the Sport and Arts and Culture categories of the Community Gaming Grant program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at gaming.gov.bc.ca/.