The PGAHA is a non-profit organization which hosts the annual British Columbia Northern Exhibition.
The BCNE is presented by the Prince George Agricultural and Historical Association.
Three years before the City of Prince George was incorporated and the same year the Titanic sank, the first Prince George Exhibition was held! According to Ted Williams, one of Prince George’s most notable local historians, “A few men met, had a few drinks, put their straw hats together and came up with the idea of a fall fair”. They hoped that townspeople and farmers in the district would exhibit, compete, enjoy themselves and draw the community together. Only in a handful of instances has the fair been canceled; it has weathered the storm of world wars, times of hardship and prosperity, growth and development, growing pains and change. This spirit continues.
An impetus for tourism, the BCNE is the highlight of the summer and our region’s largest and longest running family event. The BCNE can boast the highest number of volunteers and the largest crowds over any other annual event.
The annual BCNE brings rural and urban communities in Northern BC together on a grand scale like no other; celebrating our unique Northern spirit, showcasing our collective history and celebrating the contribution and significance of rural life.
Hosting several equine competitions will collectively bring several teams and thousands of competitors in the draft horse and barrel racing divisions, to the fairgrounds in Prince George.
4-H youth, leaders and their volunteers and families have been working all year long for the opportunity to showcase their achievements and host the annual 4-H Auction at the BCNE this summer. Potential buyers are encouraged to support local agriculture and these future farmers, growers, and producers.
The oldest division and a cornerstone to any fair or exhibition are the Home Arts & Horticulture Divisions. Dozens of sections including baking, woodworking, spinning & weaving, quilting, cut flowers & baskets and hundreds of classes to enter are all featured in our annual Prize Book. We encourage folks to enter at least three Classes and challenge three friends to do the same!