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DC Exhibition looks for photos, memorabilia and more for 2022 100th anniversary book

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede, which first took place in 1922 at the Willowbrook Creek.
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Stephen Culling leaps off his horse in an attempt to wrestle his steer to the ground during his steer wrestling run on August 11, 2018, at the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede.

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede, which first took place in 1922 at the Willowbrook Creek. To commemorate the occasion, the exhibition executive is making a book celebrating the history of the event, with the hope of including pictures, results, and memorabilia from each year the event took place. 

Though quite a lot of information has been gathered, there are a few stretches of time in which the executive has no or little info, including 1939-50, a number of years in the 1970s and 80s, and from 1923-28. They are asking anyone who may have photos, ribbons, records of anyone who attended or participated in the event, to contact events coordinator Reid Leer at 250-782-6252, or dawsoncreekfair@gmail.com. 

"We're looking for any information, whether it's photos, ribbons that people won regardless if they finished first or fifth, just anything to do with the rodeo," said DC Exhibition President Connie Patterson.

"A lot of First Nations people from Moberly Lake, Doig, and Upper Halfway used to come, and we want to include the First Nations people in the book. They used to come with their wagons and horses, and rode bucking horses and bulls. That's why our camping spot is called the Apache Camping Area, because that is where they used to come and set up camp."

The exhibition used to have four 4H queens or princes each year, and they would like to include as many of those names in the book as possible, as well as people who were named the farm family of the year. Patterson and Leer are asking people to send in their memorabilia and photos by August or September, and will have 200 copies of the book available for sale at the 2022 rodeo, August 10 to 14, with more available online. 

In addition to the book, the event will be bigger and better as well. A large concert is being planned, with a bigger and more dynamic fireworks display planned and three brand new midway rides. 

"It will be a bit bigger, and a little more splashy," Leer said. 

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