The status of year's edition of the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede is still up in the air.
DC Exhibition president Connie Patterson says they are holding out hope the announcement will bring the executive clarity and will allow them to hold the rodeo with enough people in the stands and grounds to make it worthwhile.
Planned for August 11 to 15, with B.C. set to advance to Phase 3 of its reopening plan in July, and the next PHO announcement regarding restrictions comes July 2.
"If we get the go-ahead, we'll have six weeks to plan and get ready as much as we can. But we have to be able to have people in the stands if we're going to do it," says Patterson.
Regardless of this year, the exhibition's spring rodeo will return next March at the Ovintiv Events Centre.
"We used to have a junior rodeo take place during the stampede as well, but that stopped 18 years ago. Our young cowboys and cowgirls aren't professing as they should and they need the chance to compete at an event like this. They will participate in the spring rodeo along with the professional riders, and both will be a part of the August rodeo as well," says Patterson.
In the meantime, exhibition staff and executive members have been busy fixing up the grounds, with several old buildings having been torn down and new ones put up in their place. The livestock arena is being added on to to make it regulation size, with a smaller, 300-person place to hold events and teach kids about rodeo and livestock being built as well.