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Ruby McBeth: Treasured return of the Fall Fair

This past weekend we attended the North Peace Fall Fair. There is always lots to do at the fair. Friday, we drove out in the car around 3 p.m. to enter our exhibits.
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Digging for coins in the sandpile at the North Peace Fall Fair.

This past weekend we attended the North Peace Fall Fair. There is always lots to do at the fair. Friday, we drove out in the car around 3 p.m. to enter our exhibits. Saturday morning, we enjoyed a pancake breakfast put on by the Prespatou Seniors Complex volunteers. As always there was great anticipation waiting for the 1 p.m. opening of the exhibits.

I had the job of watching the younger grandchildren digging for coins in the sand pile. My daughter Barb took over so that I could watch the sheep dog trials. These were livened up by a sheep that jumped out of the ring through the fence. Two reruns were necessary as that naughty sheep jumped back in later. Knowing that the storm was coming they ran the tractor pull on Friday evening and Saturday.

One of the joys of a fair is visiting. I met a former student April Askoty, talked to Glynnis (Adlard) Maundrell, Ben Hansen, Jim Lavigne, Katharina Keuth and many others. Each member of our family won ribbons which is a bonus.

FSJ-AirportDisplayAn impressive sculpture of a pack train at the Fort St. John airport. By Ruby McBeth

Fort St. John Airport

Airports make me feel nostalgic reminding me of past holidays. When we took our daughter Joyce out to the airport a few weeks ago for her flight, I noticed some interesting displays. At the west end there is a chainsaw carving of an eagle donated by the District of Chetwynd. On a wall nearby is a modern art painting. Arctech welding has an award-winning metal work of an eagle catching a fish, and above the Hudson’s Hope museum display case is an impressive sculpture of a pack train.

There are also displays from the Fort St. John museum and a Northern Dance Theatre Society. A replica of Jimmy Anderson’s Jackpine Savage airplane is suspended from the ceiling over the coffee shop. Opposite you will find travel brochures for northern B.C. Even if you are not travelling you might enjoy going to the airport to browse around.

Learning the lingo

This week’s words ‘hardware’ and ‘software’ use the vocabulary we have been learning. Hardware is the computer, keyboard, and mouse. That makes sense doesn’t it. They are permanent. Software, on the other hand, is programs that you put into your computer – those apps represented by icons. They tell the hardware what to do.

Quote of the week

“You can’t force people to care about the natural environment, but if you encourage them to connect with it, they just might.” — Jennifer Nini


Ruby McBeth lives in Fort St. John.