Do the IPE like a Pro

By DTO STAFF

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Give me an I. Give me a P. Give me an E. What’s that spell? Long weekend!

The IPE - which is short for Interior Provincial Exhibition - is an end-of-summer tradition in the North Okanagan. Celebrating its 120th season this year, this annual fair in Armstrong is an homage of all things country. Highlights include an agricultural fair, a giant midway with rides and arcade games, food trucks, live music, a rodeo, and a parade.


WHEN: The even runs from Wednesday Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, 7;30 am - 10 pm (gates close at 9 p.m., though).

WHERE: Conveniently located in downtown Armstrong at the IPE Fairgrounds, 3010 Wood Avenue, Armstrong (see map at the bottom of this post).

ADMISSION:

  • Seniors (85+) - Free

  • Adult Daily $18.00 | 3-Day Pass $45.00 | 5-Day Pass $75.00 <br>

  • Students (13-18) & Seniors (60+) Seniors Daily $14.00 | 3-Day Pass | $35.00 | 5-Day Pass $48.00 | Senior's Day Wed & Thurs $12.00

  • Children (6-12) Daily $8.00 | 3-Day Pass $15.00 | 5-Day Pass $25.00

  • Family Passes (2 adults and 4 children 12 & under) Daily $40.00 | 3-Day Pass $90.00 | 5-Day Pass $150.00

  • Handicapped Daily $13.00 Attendant Free

  • Ride Bracelets $45.00

  • Parking Day Rate $10.00 | Overnight $25.00


USEFUL TIPS:

  • IT’S HUGE!

    • Coming with little kids? Consider bringing a stroller or a carrier, and extra snacks and water.

    • Wear comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

  • BRING WIPES

    • You’re going to be petting animals and eating fair food, so pack an extra pack of wipes in your bag!

  • PARKING

    • … can be hard to find. If the fair parking seems packed, there are side streets that may have free parking spots. Many residents will also offer their driveway spots up for less than the cost of on-site parking. Prepare for a bit of walk, though.

  • BRING CASH

    • Admission at the front gate is cash, as are most food trucks, drink stands, and market stalls. There are ATMs around, but bring cash ahead of time to save on bank fees (and scrambling to find an ATM).

  • WASPS

    • There are lots. If you’re allergic, please take note.

  • SAVE ON BOTTLED WATER

    • We at DTO are all about reducing single-use plastic, and luckily there are water-filling stations throughout the fair grounds. Bring a reusable bottle, and stay hydrated!

  • IT GETS CROWDED

    • Weekends, especially afternoon onwards, are busy. Keep that in mind if crowds aren’t your jam, get there early.

MAP OF THE FAIR GROUNDS:

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WHERE IS THE IPE?

 

Movies in the Park

DTO Staff

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It’s back! The Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Tour! Grab your friends and family (and a sweater and a blanket), and head to the park for a movie under the stars. Here's everything you’ll need to know:

Admission
By donation. Suggestion of $3 per person, or $10 per family, with all proceeds going back into the community to help support programs and services focused on youth and mental wellness.

Time
Festivities begin at 7 pm with the opening of the concession stand, and activities for the whole family. The movie begins at dusk.

What You Should Bring
Bring some cash for admission and for the tasty snacks you'll be able to purchase at the concession stand. With anticipated cooler temperatures in the evening, you'll want to pack some warm clothes. Blankets and pillows are always a nice touch, and some people bring low beach chairs, or wagons for the kids.

Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Tour listings:

Mon. August 12 - Okanagan Falls

Movie Smallfoot

Venue Kenyon Park, 5332 Cedar St, Okanagan Falls

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

Tues. August 13 - Lake Country

Movie The Lego Movie 2: the Second Part

Venue Beasley Park, 3450 Woodsdale Rd

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

Wed. August 14 - West Kelowna

Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Venue Webber Rd Community Centre, 2829 Inverness Rd

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

Thurs. August 15 - Kelowna

Movie Smallfoot

Venue City Park, 1600 Abbott St

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

August 16 - Vernon

Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Venue DND Fields, 2950 - 15 Ave (Hwy 97)

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

August 19 - Chase

Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Venue Chase Secondary School, 420 Cottonwood St

Partner Chase Minor Hockey

August 20 - Kamloops

Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Venue Riverside Park, 100 Lorne St

Partner Canadian Mental Health Association - Kamloops

August 21 - Clearwater

Movie Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

Venue Clearwater Secondary School, 440 Murtle Cres

Partner Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

August 22 - Barriere

Movie Smallfoot

Venue North Thompson Fall Fair Grounds, 4856 Dunn Lake Rd

Partner Barriere Smoke Eaters

August 23 - Lillooet

Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Venue Lillooet District Rec Centre, 930 Main St

Partner Lillooet District Minor Hockey Association


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7 Cool Things to Do In the North Okanagan This Summer

By DTO STAFF


Add the Interior Provincial Fair to your list of must-do activities in the North OKV this summer.

Add the Interior Provincial Fair to your list of must-do activities in the North OKV this summer.

We love the North Okanagan! It’s where you go to slow down and unwind, and it also has its fair share of pretty amazing sites and attractions. Here are seven awesome North Okanagan spots we think you should check out this summer. Scroll down for a free PDF of this page, so you can keep this list handy all summer long!

  1. Starlight Drive-In

    Head to Enderby to watch a movie (or two) under the stars! More info

  2. Atlantis Waterslides

    Beat the heat with water park fun for the whole family, just north of Vernon. More info

  3. Summer Tubing at Silverstar

    Who needs snow? Grab your sunscreen and the slopes at Silverstar this summer. More info

  4. Raptors at Allan Brooks

    Get up close and personal with birds of prey at Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon. Raptors are early July, only, but venue has cool stuff happening all summer More info

  5. Planet Bee

    You’ll be buzzing after visiting Planet Bee honey farm in Vernon. More info

  6. Caravan Farm Theatre

    An amazing and unique outdoor theatre experience in Armstrong. Tickets available! More info

  7. Interior Provincial Fair

    The best way to wrap up the summer is with a trip to the historic IPE in Armstrong! More info


 
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