The Interior News
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Locals take a spin at disc golf nationals
A pair of members of the Bulkley Valley Disc Golf Association (BVDGA) represented northern B.C. at the Canadian Disc Golf Nationals in the Lower Mainland. Ben Anderson and Byron Turner made the trip down for the first time for the June 19-21 tournament. All three days were at different locations, testing the skills of the competitors. Friday was up Grouse Mountain. “It was a fairly long and physical game that definitely took its toll,” said Anderson. Saturday was at Langley Passive Park, where the pair played 36 holes. They finished up Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. “We were there because we wanted to test our disc golf mettle against the best in Canada,” said Anderson. Turner placed 45th and Anderson was 42nd out of 52 entrants in the amateur advanced category. Anderson said it was likely the first time anybody from northern B.C. was at the disc golf nationals. “It brought awareness to aspects in both of our games that needed a lot of work. One thing I was really aware of was that in the Lower Mainland, they play year-round; whereas we have basically five or six months to play as much as possible to build up our skill set,” said Anderson. “Definitely came back from that tournament with a lot of new goals and a lot of things that need to be worked on, particularly being at sea level. That changes the flight path of the disc. And just the fact of playing on a mountain where you’re basically shooting 800 feet down a hill at a steep decline with the ocean wind coming up the mountain and having cross winds all over the place.” The president of the Professional Disc Golf Association gave a letter of support for the BVDGA for the Skillhorn disc golf course it has applied to build in Telkwa. The hoped for opening date is in October, with a grand opening in May of next year. Anderson, who picked up the sport 10 years ago, said they plan on working with Telkwa Elementary School on designing a curriculum to help teach math and science using disc golf. “Anyone can play it ... if there was a course you
can get a disc and just go play it,” said Anderson. A tournament to encourage new players is being held at Ranger Park on Aug. 16. More information is at trilogychallenge.com.
Fishing Bar Style
Fishing for Spring Salmon “Bar Fishing Style”. Bar fishing means fishing on a gravel bar.
This type of fishing you will cast the rig (picture) out into the river and let it sit at the bottom in the current until a Chinook Salmon hopefully grabs the hook. The water depth is usually 3-10 feet deep with a gravel or rock bottom. The current should be reasonably fast, but not too strong, that the weight doesn’t hook up. Once the rig has been cast out the rod is usually put in a rod holder with a bell attached to the rod. When the bell rings, run and grab the rod and set the hook. Bead & Spin N Glow Size 4, 2, 0
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Byron Turner competed at the disc golf nationals with Ben Anderson.
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Fair Time Submitted by the BVX
What’s new at the 2015 Fall Fair August 27-30, 2015 Heading into high summer, it seems kinda crazy to be thinking about summer’s end and the Fall Fair – but the wheels have been turning down at the Fairgrounds for some months already, and there’s a fantastic lineup of shows, events, competitions and displays to keep the entire family excited and busy for the whole four-day weekend. The theme for 2015 is “There’s Something in the Air at the Bulkley Valley Fair” – and you’ll see this theme often in murals, indoor and outdoor displays, and in the Fall Fair Parade , the traditional kick-off to the weekend. (And you just wait till you see what’s leading the Parade … but shh!! Spoilers!)
Probably the biggest change for the 2015 Fair is the enlarged and extended Loggers’ Sports division. After a number of slow years, the Loggers’ Sports has taken on a new lease of life with competitions for kids and adults (no logging experience required!) and the construction of the new Log Rolling Pond. You think you can walk along a log? What about a log floating in water? It rolls … and so do you, with an almighty splash! Don’t wear your best clothes for this one … Also bigger and better this year is the ever-popular Light Horse Show – with twice the prize money as previous years, and additions of new events to challenge the riders and enthrall the audience. This year sees the first BVX “Wild Trail Challenge” in the CityWest Main Ring, where horse and rider tackle an obstacle course – and the intent is not only to complete the course but also to demonstrate the partnership between horse and rider. Fastest time is not necessarily the winner here. Horse lovers will also be dazzled by the three-day Trainer of the North Challenge, where three outstanding horse trainers each attempt to train an unbroken young horse – in three days flat. No easy ride there. Stage shows have always been a part of the Fall Fair, and this year is no exception. Teens and young adults will have a blast on Thursday night – not only is it Midnight Madness at the Midway (all the rides all evening for $35) but you can also
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catch BC’s Top Teen band The Racket on the Fairground stage. Friday night is for country&western lovers – CCMA winner Bobby Wills headlines the night with classic country sounds and a rock-inspired twist. Opening for Bobby Wills will be longtime favourites Appaloosa, who will also be powering the rodeo dance on Saturday night. Saturday at the fairgrounds will be for our homegrown hero Mark Perry, and for ex-Smithereen Theresa Pasaluko and her new Victoria band – and there’ll be performances by various local artists throughout the weekend. Livestock are a staple of the Fall Fair – and ours is one of the very few shows in BC that still features a full slate of livestock classes, for beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits and even guinea pigs! The Fair has also been chosen to host the prestigious Angus Gold Show this year, one of only two such shows in BC. There will also be a chance to see what 100+ 4H kids have been working on all year, with the displays of 4H Achievement in livestock, horses and dogs, culminating in the 4H Auction on Saturday afternoon. Kids are never forgotten at the Fall Fair – and this year we have an expanded and updated Kids’ Zone, featuring the perennial favourite Petting Zoo, the Kids’ Dog Show, Penelope the Clown, the Activity Tent for the little ones, and starring our mindbogglingly awesome FANTASTIC feature attraction … which I’m not going to tell you about yet because I’m going to spring it on you later. Spoilers!! Also new this year, families can take advantage of our special Sunday Family Day Pass, which gives allday admission to the Fair and all its attractions for two adults and up to four children, for a paltry $30. Then there’s the Draft Horse Show, including the BC Championship Pull on Sunday where 18 teams of these gentle giants compete for $7500 in prize money. There’s the Hall display all weekend, where adults and kids show off their best in baking, crafts and hobbies. There’s the Rodeo – a perennial favourite with three days’ of thrills and spills, not to mention the amazing Young Gunz trickriding show. And there’s a nod to farmers and country folk across the area, whose efforts throughout the year give us the countryside and the lifestyle we enjoy in the beautiful Bulkley Valley. If you think you’d like to put an entry into the Fair yourself this year – be it livestock, horses, arts and crafts (or maybe you’re the new champion of the log rolling pond?) you can pick up a prize book at Smithers Feed Store, or at many of the downtown merchants, or online at www.bvfair.ca Here’s to the 2015 Fall Fair August 27-30 and never a dull moment!
July 01, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News