Racing in Merritt BC – Have I got the hot ticket for you! I’m excited to share my first-ever visit to the Merritt Speedway. For someone who is relatively new to town, I was hooked from the moment the engines roared. Follow the No. 8 road through the Nicola Valley to Marmott Rd just 5 minutes outside the city.
Eager fans await the races. (Tia Delaney)
Fun for Everyone Racing in Merritt BC
“They run stock cars on rebuilt engines,” dad says as we pull out of the driveway. I am excited as the big Race Day is finally here at the Merritt Speedway! I’ve wrangled him and my uncle to come with me as all of us are first-timers to the track. Yes, here is to growing tourism in Merritt BC!
Race Day in the Nicola Valley
I loved everything about this day, from the delicious smell of the concession to the children jumping up as the races began. However, watching the crowd, I spied lucky fans scoring the top-row seats. Everyone cheered loudly as their favorites pulled across the finish line.
Cars speeding around the track. (Tia Delaney)
Attractions in Merritt
Although moving here a year ago, I haven’t yet experienced the must-see attractions that my new community has to offer. For example, racing, fishing, camping, hiking, sledding, and exploring the many lakes and hills surrounding us. It’s an absolutely beautiful community, and I’m excited to check it all out!
Clear blue sky and racetrack. (Tia Delaney)
Nostalgia at First Glance
We pull up and make our way to a thin white building that conveniently says “Ticket Booth” along the side. It is set next to a long row of old wooden blue bleachers. The nostalgia is present as the fresh outdoor air and scenic view bring back memories of country fairs and rodeos of my youth. Above all a great way to spend a day!
Cash-Friendly Car Racing in Merritt BC
We walk up to the ticket counter, meanwhile, the announcer’s voice booms as he shares commentary on the racers, “Fire up your engines, we’re ready for some racing in Merritt BC!” The cashier waves us over, “We take cash only,” she says helpfully. I file that away under Useful Information, as I don’t want to miss out on tickets, memorabilia, and concession snacks. You really will want to put Nicola Valley racing on your activities list.
Eyes ahead, the races are on! (Tia Delaney)
A Seniors Discount
“Are you a senior?” she asks my uncle, “It depends,” he answers with a grin. “Are you over 55?” she says with a chuckle. Dad’s laugh is the answer as he rags on his younger brother, “Guess who’s a senior now!” It’s always a good time with these two, never a dull moment!
Kid Friendly Place
The cashier takes our cash, “That will be $10 each per senior and $15 for one adult.” However, note that kids 10 and under are free, definitely playing the “cool auntie” card next time the little ones are in town. For those of you looking for fun things to do in the city, it truly is a fun and affordable way to spend an afternoon.
No dust in sight with this tanker. (Tia Delaney)
Retro Water Tanker when Racing in Merritt BC
Stamped and on our way, I move closer to get a good look at the giant white tanker truck with an exposed engine to laps around the track. Firstly, I notice the sheer size of the tires. Secondly, the rate it travels is at a rocking speed. The track is thoroughly doused with water before the announcer calls the cars to the track to begin grooming it for Merritt Speedway racing.
Hear the Car Engines Roar
You can hear the roar of the engines. As a result, the whole place is beginning to sound like a Ferrari convention. It certainly is a great sound, the rumble sits low in your chest. Subsequently, you can picture yourself strapping into your car and getting ready for your first race!
A Birdseye View
I hunker down on the far bleachers with a side view of the racers coming out of the pit and navigating their first corner. Likewise, the smoke starts radiating from cars still being worked on. We still have 15 minutes until the first race begins. But most importantly, the drivers are ensuring their race cars are safe for a day at the track.
Announcing the Starting Line
The announcer’s voice booms across the field ushering in the starting Line-Up and greeting the fans. Meanwhile, I scan the crowd for those who have arrived early to take in BC’s Fastest Dirt Track. The Merritt Speedway. Moreover, it is not to be missed!
The Final Lap when Racing in Merritt BC
In conclusion, the dust settles as the final racing invitational completes its last rounds. Likewise, we raise a salute to the fans, sponsors, and drivers, as the trophies are handed out and the victory lap is taken. A successful season all in all, and happy fans look forward to the new year in anticipation.
Racing into Fall
Subsequently, with the end of the Racing Season, it’s time to get geared up for Fall. For instance, Pumpkin carving, Apple bobbing, Costume hunting, Cider sipping, and Eggnog delighting are just a few of the treats we have in store for you. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll feel you’ve fallen in love with Merritt just a little bit more!
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Merritt Speedway Brings New Life to Sister Dirt Track
What happens when you are a member of a race track during a pandemic?
Clearwater Speedway – With no racing in 2020 anywhere including Merritt BC Canada, many racers were just vibrating, waiting, hoping, and dreaming racing. Well, good news for racing fans, the Merritt Speedway “the home of dirt track racing in the Nicola Valley” helped resurrect a track that has been shut down since about 2006. That race track is the Clearwater Speedway.
Clearwater Speedway. Photo credit: Susanne Snider
How does Clearwater Speedway happen?
A few Merritt Speedway racers attended an event in Rimby, Alberta called The Covid Cup in 2020. They travelled 12 hours to the event and almost got rained out for the weekend. Consequently, the Merritt racers were caught, at times, waiting the rain out, under a tarp in a torrential downpour. The question going around circles was, “Why are we here?” Followed by, “there must be a closer venue”. Almost unanimously “Clearwater!” was said out loud. These five members got busy and had a soft opening of the dirt racing track in Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada in July of 2021.
Chills and Thrills at Merritt Speedway Photo by Ken Beckett
Clearwater Speedway was once a busy, fun dirt track
Located at 75 Camp Two Rd, Clearwater, BC, the race track came on hard times in 2006. At the time the support just wasn’t there 15 years ago. In other words non-profit race tracks are a lot of hard work, insurance is expensive and there are never enough volunteers. Therefore it seemed like the right thing to do for the Merritt Speedway, who has been running consecutively for 30 years, to lend a hand and make it happen.
#33 Ryan Sorenson & #13 Dennis Smith. Photo credit by Ken Beckett
Dirt Track Circuit in Pemberton, Merritt and Clearwater BC Maybe?
Currently there are quite a few Clearwater racers and their families that travel to Merritt to race. With a devoted racing community and more joining yearly, it’s the right time to get things started. The property has a new owner who is truly on board with the restoration as he remembers attending events years ago. Clearwater Mayor and council passed the final adoption of the rezoning application for the speedway.
Clearwater Dirt Track 2021
#89 Colin Reimer Street Stock Clearwater Invitational Champion Photo by Meghan Reimer
Clearwater Speedway is a sister track to Merritt Speedway, and ran 6 races this year.
In particular there were three classes competed – Late Model, Street Stock and 4 Cyl Bomber.
While in Merritt we ran the regular amount of races this season – Late Model, Street Stock, 6&8 Cyl Bomber, 4 Cyl Bomber and Junior 4 Cyl Bomber. B.C. Micro Mini Sprints came out to play four races as well. This years race season is complete, the enthusiasm from racers and fans, even with Covid 19 safety protocols and restrictions, was very promising. The community support has been amazing, but local volunteers are still very much needed.
Contact: Clearwater Speedway
Website: www.merrittspeedway.ca or www.clearwaterspeedway.ca
Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada Dirt Race Track
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Is It Me And You– Lisa Brokop Country Music Singer & Songwriter has released a soulful recording of a hot new love song. It is pretty much guaranteed that Lisa will certainly draw some attention and without a doubt capture the audience where ever and when ever she performs this song.
It is said that Lisa has put out one of the most soulful recordings of her career. Lisa’s career has certainly been a journey and an adventure for her. She credits her life and career to the music as her motivator.
In Lisa’s own words she says:
“I love what I do. Every note I sing, whether in studio or on stage, is true. It hasn’t always been an easy road. There has been many curves, bumps and detours. But really, it is the love of the music that motivates each step I take in the business. It keeps me moving forward.”Lisa Brokop
Is It Me And You – Lisa Brokop – Country Music Singer & Songwriter on The Journey to The Merritt Murals
Is It Me And You – Lisa Brokop – Country Music Singer & Songwriter is featured on the walls of the Merritt BC Murals. Born June 6, 1973 in Surrey, British Columbia, Lisa made her presence known in the entertainment world by the age of seven. It was then she started performing with her mother, who was a seasoned accordion player.
At age twelve, Lisa started sitting in on jam sessions with various country music bands throughout Vancouver, BC. By age fifteen she joined a touring band and was off to the races. It was obvious she was destined to be featured on the walls of our Merritt BC Murals located in the Nicola Valley in the community of Merritt BC Canada.
Sweet 16 And Beyond For Lisa Brokop
1990 at seventeen, Lisa released her debut single, “Daddy Sing To Me”. The song reached the top ten on The Canadian Country RPM Charts. In addition, “My Love”, her debut album, followed in June of 1991.
After graduation Lisa moved to Nashville, Tennessee to further her country music career. While performing at local clubs, Brokop caught the attention of The Nashville Network. The network began to play the video for Brokop’s single “Time To Come Back Home”. As a result they had Lisa make a guest appearance on The Ralph Emery Show. This appearance and a thirty minute showcase resulted in Lisa Brokop getting a record deal with Patriot Records.
Melvina White (Experience Nicola Valley) / Mural Painted by Michelle Loughery
Is It Me And You – Singing and Acting in Harmony Cats
Before Brokop began recording her second album, she starred in the 1994 film Harmony Cats, where she played a country singer who leaves home in search of a big break in Nashville. Lisa Brokop contributed to the movie’s soundtrack and her cover of Tammy Wynette’s 1968 number one hit “Stand By Your Man” was issued as a single.
Back On And Off The Winding Road Of Recording
Lisa Brokop’s second album released the single “Give Me A Ring Sometime”, in June 1994. The single made the top 20 in Canada, but unfortunately it only reached No. 52 on the US Billboard Chart. Nevertheless, her first major label album. “Every Little Girl’s Dream”, was released in September of 1994.
In the meantime ‘Give Me A Ring Sometime’was charting. However, many Canadian radio stations refused to play Lisa’s music because the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication ruled that ‘Give Me A Ring Sometime’did not have enough Canadian Content in the song. Nevertheless, Brokop’s album went on to produce two more top 40 singles in Canada with ‘Take That’and ‘One Of Those Nights’.
1995 And Lots Of Change
By 1995, the album was certified Gold by the CRIA, for sales peaking 50,000 copies. Included in 1995 was a nomination for Top New Female Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Also in 1995, Patriot Records closed its doors and Brokop transferred to Capital Nashville.
Lisa released her third album ‘Lisa Brokop’the following year. The album did not do so well. As a result none of the album singles reached the top 40 in Canada or The United States. The failure of the album ended her relationship with Capital Nashville.
Consequently she decided to take some time off and focus on song writing. As a result, some country music stars took notice and started recording tracks she penned, including Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, and Pam Tillis.
Change Brings Opportunity
Brokop signed with the Nashville division of Columbia Records, in 1998, where she released the single ‘How Do I Let Go’. The song reached the top 20 of The Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart and received a nomination for “Socan Song of the Year” at the 1998 Canadian Country Music Awards Show.
In July of 1998, Lisa released in Canada the album, ‘When You Get To Be You’. It produced five more singles, including ‘What’s Not To Love’that peaked at No 21. And, soon later, ‘Better Off Broken’ peaked at No. 8 becoming Brokop’s highest charting single on The Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart in 1999. The album was not released in the US and as a result Lisa Brokop left Columbia Records at the end of 1999.
In 2000, Brokop ventured on her own and launched Cosmo Records. It was under this label she released her fifth album, ‘Undeniable’. Lisa Brokop received in 2001 two Canadian Country Music Association awards for Independent Song of The Year for ‘Something Undeniable’ as well as independent Female Artist of The Year.
The album’s third single, ‘I’d Like To See You Try’, won Brokop Independent Song of The Year as well as Independent Female Artist of the Year in 2002, from The Canadian Country Music Association. 2003 saw her receive another Independent Female Artist of The Year award.
Country Music In The Merritt Mountains
Lisa’s hand print was taken in July 1995 at The Merritt Mountain Music Festival (now the Rockin River Music Festival). Followed soon after by the unveiling of the hand print in Merritt, BC.
Again Lisa returned back to Merritt BC on Sunday, July 8, 2001 for her performance at The Merritt Mountain Music Festival. Followed, soon later, by the 10th Anniversary of The Merritt Mountain Music Festival in 2002. Then again she returned to Merritt at the launch of the Walk of Stars in 2003. Lisa was the main attraction for the gala which was a huge success.
Merritt BC Murals Downtown Walking Tour
Because of her desire, talent, passion, perseverance, and dedication to her music Lisa has definitely earned her place on the Merritt BC Murals. Lisa’s mural is located on the side of the Home Hardware building. There was a special ceremony for Lisa to unveil, and sign her Mural in 2006.
Her mural rests on the side of the Home Hardware building located at 1701 Voght Street. Her hand print is located at 2076 Coutlee Avenue.
The Merritt Mural Project was created in 2005. The Merritt BC Murals were part of a successful program called, the “Merritt Youth Mural Project”. A project designed for working with local young artists and “ youth at risk”. Merritt Murals were painted by muralist Michelle Loughery.
Back On The Road And Going Strong
Brokop’s seventh album ‘Beautiful Tragedy’, was released in August of 2008. As a result, it featured a top 20 hit ‘Break It’.
In 2013, Lisa returned to commercial country radio and had success with songs ‘Let It Burn’ and ‘Love Me If You Can’both of which were produced by fellow Canadian superstar Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
Lisa put together the new musical venture, ‘Lisa Brokop: The Patsy Cline Project’ where Lisa pays homage to one of country music’s greatest ladies. The project features some of Cline’s classic hits like ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Walkin after Midnight’ as well as some of her own material written specifically for the project.
“I’ve come full circle with this project,” Brokop says. “When I first started singing, I would sing some of Patsy’s songs because I didn’t have any of my own. They are still among some of my favorites today and I am so excited to have the opportunity to honor this amazing lady and the incredible music she gave us!” Lisa Brokop
Is It Me And You – Lisa Brokop
Is it Me And You or is it just just me or is just you that thinks this new song will be the start of a new chapter in Lisa Brokop’s life and career. Let’s follow her and see where she leads us as her musical journey continues.
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Merritt Printing plays many roles in the Nicola Valley supporting businesses and events
2020 has been hard on many business, and that is why more than ever it is important for all of us to support local small businesses
Racing in the Nicola Valley and Merritt Printing have both brought people together in Merritt BC and beyond for many years, not only to watch racing but in support of racing. Locals, out-of-towners and racers bring their family members and best buddies, some join the racers in the pits, most take a seat in the stands. All are reading and buying items printed by Merritt Printing.
2020 has brought about many changes to the world, and it hasn’t spared anyone or anything. Racing has been delayed or cancelled, fans are left out, all are waiting and hoping. The effects reach even further, it affects services and businesses all over town.
Grass growing on track surface at Merritt Speedway 2020
Merritt Printing and Racing in Nicola Valley
You would not believe what just one business, like Merritt Printing, provides for Merritt Speedway. Merritt Printing is located at 1951 Garcia St and is actually three businesses in one.
1951C Garcia St. – The Engraving and Sign Shop
Some of the items Merritt Printing provides Merritt Speedway
The Merritt Printing engraving and sign shop designs, creates and manufactures items for many Nicola Valley businesses and events including awards, signs, custom decals, custom t shirts and cups, plus many other items. Then there are the USB’s, key chains, shopping bags, buttons, the list goes on. As well, there is something we utilize a lot of at the track is 50/50 tickets.
Marketing Racing in the Nicola Valley
Services provided by the print shop to Merritt Speedway are sponsor signs, decals, magnets, bumper stickers, year end awards and championship jackets. Plus all those signs that tell you what to and not to do, you know the ones. A big seller at Merritt Speedway.
1951B Garcia St. – The Office Supply Store.
All your office needs are available here includes pens, pencils, art supplies, invoice books, paper, printer inks and toners. If it’s not in store, its only usually a day away, that’s pretty good for our little town.
Oh, and office furniture too, such as desks, chairs, filing cabinets, lamps, and more.
1951A Garcia St. -The Print Shop
Printing jobs for Merritt Speedway
The services provided at the print shop are vast. The talented staff at the shop, can perform many jobs for your business and/or events. Bring the item with you or email it in, it can be done.
For simpler jobs like scanning and emailing projects, the staff is always available to assist and get it done. Bigger jobs like business cards, brochures, menus, custom invoice books, lock out tags and much, much more are designed and printed in house.
Laminating is another service provided by the print shop, whether it’s a pocket card or a two foot wide by six foot item, it is all possible at Merritt Printing. If in doubt, just ask!
Racing in the Nicola Valley Printing
The amount of paper printed for the track is surprising. Print jobs include membership & car registration forms, membership cards, schedule cards, rule books, and full colour race day programs.
Support Your Small Businesses in Merritt BC
Sadly, that is just one business of many that the Merritt Speedway utilizes and one that is not getting orders from the track this season. 2020 has been hard on many business, and that is why more than ever it is important for all of us to support local small businesses.
We want to keep these services in town, not lose them to out of town sources. Come and visit Merritt Printing, you will be surprised at the many services they are supplying Merritt businesses. Drop in to the sign shop and say hi to your local Experience Nicola Valley Blogger, moi.
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The Home of Dirt Track Racing in the Nicola Valley
Merritt Stock Car Association located in the Nicola Valley
Just 8 km west of Merritt, BC, Canada on Hwy #8 you will find “The Home of Dirt Track Racingin the Nicola Valley”, also referred to as the Merritt Speedway. The 3/8 mile dirt track was established in 1991. There was a lot of hard work, long hours and support of many businesses and individuals to make this happen. As a result the track was ready for Stock Car Racers to try some dirt track fun on May 24, 1992.
Zero 4 Barry Bussiere Street Stock
Drivers can be as young as 14 years old
Merritt Speedway is operated by the Merritt Stock Car Association in the Nicola Valley. It is a family oriented Dirt track. Drivers can be as young as 14 years old and, well, our oldest driver currently is 78. He drives a Late Model Stock Car. Hence, proving that you are never too old to play in the dirt. We encourage members as well as the public to bring their whole family to the track. Members include racers from all over B.C. Some come occasionally from Alberta and of course hometown favorites enjoy playing in the dirt at Merritt Speedway.
#88 Amanda Dandy – 4 cyl Bomber, she now drives #95 in 4 cyl her husband Sean Dandy #77 races in the Late Model Class
5 classes of Dirt Track Races
There are 5 classes of Dirt Track races to see, that is plenty of great family entertainment at affordable prices. From Mini Stock, 4 cylinder Bomber (Sr and Jr), 6&8 cylinder Bomber, Street Stock and Late Model.
Swag Shop & Concession
We also have a great concession serving up some great burgers, smokies, candies etc. Also enjoy our Swag Shop. There is quite the variety of items, magnets, hats, t-shirts in many colours and styles to choose from. So between races, the chills, thrills and spills, visit one or both.
8 cylinder bomber – #9 Bill Fader
Feel free to ask questions
When racing day is over at Merritt Speedway fans are welcome to come down to the pits and visit with the racers and pit crews. Feel free to ask questions. Some of our drivers would be happy to give the kids a ride around the track in their cars, safely of course. There is also a campground area for drivers, family & friends. Visitors are welcome after the days events.
Food Bank Drive and Toy Drive
The Merritt Stock Car Association are proud to support those who may certainly need a little helping hand. In the fall we hold a Food Bank Drive and a Toy Drive. Fans are welcome to participate along with the club members.
MerrittSpeedway Bill John Memorial Invitational
Our last race day of the season is on Thanksgiving weekend. MerrittSpeedway – Bill John Memorial Invitational, is named for the original owner of the land the track is situated on. This is racing at its finest, racers come from Washington State, all over B.C. and Alberta to race on our dirt track.
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Country Music Legendary Icon Mural In The Nicola Valley
George Jones Featured On The Walls of The Merritt BC Downtown Murals
George Jones’ career began in 1954. During his six decades as a professional singer-songwriter, he achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, as well as his distinctive voice.
Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest country voice in the history of country music. He had the ability to immerses himself completely into the lyrics, and convey many emotions while drawing in the listener, letting them feel the emotions like they were living them. He could make you cry with a single note or a simple phrasing.
“It’s never been for love of money. I thank God for it because it makes me a living. But I sing because I love it, not because of the dollar signs.” (George Jones)
George Jones and Some Hard Times
George Jones Born on Sept 12, 1931 in a log cabin, on an oil patch settlement in a remote Texas region known as the Big Thicket and was raised in Saratoga Texas.
Jones was the eighth child of George Washington Jones, a pipe fitter and shipyard worker who played guitar and harmonica. Clara Jones his mother a church pianist, played piano in the Pentecostal Church on Sundays.
The sounds of gospel and country music dominated the modest household — and the abusive rages of George’s father, who turned to alcohol to drown his pain when his sister died from a fever.
“We were our Daddy’s loved ones when he was sober, his prisoners when he was drunk,” the singer wrote in his 1996 autobiography, “I Lived to Tell the Tale.”
First Step To A Journey
Born in to poverty he became one of the most financially successful country music artists ever. George got his first guitar from his father at the age of nine. He learned to play it at church.
From poverty beginnings and playing on street corners to Nudie Suits and sold out shows. George never ceased to amaze those listening.
At 11-years-old, Jones started making money as a guitar player and singer in front of a local church.
The influence of Hank Williams’ songs, heartache as well as joy, and the honky-tonk songs of Ernest Tubb became a major source of inspiration for George.
Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell, heavily influenced George in his formative years. Jones quickly adopted the twisting and turning of syllables, words and phrases, of Lefty Frizzell.
Second Step To The On Going Journey
After his divorce to Dorothy Bonvillion whom he had a daughter with. George did a stint in the United states Marine Corp from 1951 – 1953. He was inactive 1954 – 1956 and officially discharged in 1956.
During his Military service he was stationed in in San Jose California. He was able to satisfy his passion by singing and performing in all the local bars.
Discovered by “Pappy Daily”, co-owner of Starday Records Jones signed with the label in 1953. A partnership that lasted for years, Daily also became Jones producer and manager.
Jones first single “No Money In This Deal” released in 1954 received no attention. Three more singles released that year failed to gain any notice.
Shirley Ann Corley became George’s second wife in 1954, with whom he had two sons. The marriage endured ups and downs until it fell apart for good in 1968.
George Jones – The Voice Of An Angel
“GeorgeJones was an imperfect man with a perfect voice. He lived like a devil and sang like an angel.”(Ian Crouch New Yorker)
“Why Baby Why” hit the charts in 1955. This was the beginning of Jones positioning himself as one of the most influential singers in country music history. He would become the master of romantic disillusionment that would become his artistic signature.
Jones was on the road to success. Daily secured him a spot on “The Louisiana Hayride”, where he was co-billed with “Elvis Presley” and “Johnny Cash”.
George Jones and Johnny Cash
He would never leave the top of the country charts, even though his personal life and professional life would suffer continual turmoil.
After joining The Grand Ole Opry in 1956. He would produce a number of hits in the next decade, including “White Lightning,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” and “The Race Is On.”
George released “White Lightening” in May of 1959. It would be his first number-1 single of his career. Staying at number-one for five weeks the song remained on the charts closing out the decade.
Travels Of The Singing Angel Continue
A part of Jones career that is often overlooked is his success as a songwriter. He wrote or co-wrote many of his biggest hits. Jones most favourite song writing collaborator was his childhood friend “Darrell Edwards.”
Famed artists recorded songs written or co -written with George Jones. “Window Up Above” was a smash hit for Mickey Gilley.
“Seasons of My Heart” written by Jones and Darrell Edwards (a hit for Johnny Cash, and recorded by Willie Nelson as well as Jerry Lee Lewis.
“You Gotta Be My Baby” and “Don’t Stop The Music” on his own and co-wrote “Color of the Blues” ( by Loretta Lynn and Elvis Costello), “Tender Years” and “Tall, Tall Trees” (co-written with Roger Miller). (Wikipedia)
Jones signed with United Artists in 1962 and scored one of the biggest hits of his career, “She Thinks I Still Care”. His voice had grown deeper during this period and carved the singing style that became uniquely his own.
George cut an album of duets with Melba Montgomery, including the hit “We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds”. Jones was also well on his way to gaining a reputation as a notorious hell-raiser. (Wikipedia)
On tour Jones was always backed by the ‘Jones Boys’. Johnny Paycheck was the ‘Jones Boys’ bass player in the 1960’s before going on to his own stardom in the 1970s.
In 1964, Pappy Daily secured a new contract with Musicor records. For the rest of the 1960s, Jones would score only one number one (1967’s “Walk Through This World With Me”) but he practically owned the country music charts throughout the decade. A number of significant hits include “Love Bug”, 1964’s “The Race Is On”, as well as the 1969 duet album with Gene Pitney.
Nearing The End of The 60’s Decade
Jones’ binge drinking and use of amphetamines on the road caught up to him in 1967 and he had to be admitted into a neurological hospital to seek treatment for his drinking.
Jones would go to extreme lengths for a drink. The most famous drinking story concerning Jones occurred while he was married to his second wife Shirley Corley.
Jones recalled Shirley making it physically impossible for him to travel to Beaumont, located 8 miles away, to buy liquor. Because Jones would not walk that far, she would hide the keys to each of their cars. She did not, however, hide the keys to the lawn mower. Upset, Jones walked to the window and looked out over his property. He later described his thoughts in his memoir:
“There, gleaming in the glow, was that ten-horsepower rotary engine and under a seat, a key glistening in the ignition. I imagine the top speed for that old mower was five miles per hour. It might have taken an hour and a half or more for me to get to the liquor store, but get there I did.” (George Jones)
Jones closed out the 1960’s decade with solo efforts as well as collaborations receiving enthusiastic responses. He married Tammy Wynette and was ready for the next decade and what a decade it would be.
George And Tammy The Reigning King And Queen of Country
Jones wrote: “I felt rage fly all over me. I jumped from my chair, put my hands under the dinner table, and flipped it over. Dishes, utensils, and glasses flew in all directions. (Auto Biography)
Jones and Wynette met because their tours were booked by the same agency and their paths sometimes crossed. Wynette was married to songwriter Don Chapel, who was also the opening act for her shows at the time. The three became friends.
Jones went to their house for supper and while she was fixing the meal Wynette and Chapel got into a heated exchange with Chapel calling his wife “a son of a bitch”. See quote.
“After the table flip, Don and Tammy’s eyes got about as big as the flying dinner plates.” Jones professed his love for Wynette on the spot and the couple were married in February, 1969.
Nearing The End With Musicor
At about the same time George and Tammy married. George was unhappy with the sound of his Musicor records and tensions were building between Jones and producer Pappy Daily. Jones blamed Daily for his sound and left Musicor. He had to fulfill his contract with Musicor before they would let him sever all ties.
Pappy Daily and George Jones
In the middle of 1971 Jones severed all ties with Musicor and Daily. He signed away all his rights to the Musicor recordings and signed with Epic in October 1971. Billy Sherrill at Epic Records became Jones producer.
Jones and Wynette became known as “Mr. & Mrs. Country Music” in the early 1970s, scoring several big hits.
Kicking Off A Successful Career At Epic
Sherrill and business partner Glenn Sutton are rumored as the defining influences of the countrypolitan sound. A smooth mix of pop and country music that was popular during the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. A far cry from George’s honky tonk roots.
Billy Sherrill was known for his string-laden productions and his precise, aggressive approach in the studio. Under his direction, musicians were there to obey his orders and that included singers. Jones was accustomed to the relaxed style of Dally, the complete opposite of Sherrill. As a result, they got off to a shaky start. The pair soon developed a fruitful working relationship. Sherrill turned Jones into a full-fledged balladeer.
Billy Sherrill-George Jones Producer
In Sherrill, Jones found the producer capable of creating the weepy arrangements his voice deserved and his torment demanded…He summoned for Jones the sighing strings that almost made the misery of albums like 1974’s The Grand Tour and 1976’s Alone Again sound better than happiness could possibly feel.
Unlike most singers, who might have been overwhelmed by the string arrangements and background vocalists. Jones’ voice, with its frightening intensity and lucid tone, could stand up to anything.
The success that Sherrill had with Jones proved to be his most longest-lasting association.
Jones and Wynette’s Turbulent Years
In October 1970, shortly after the birth of their only child Tamala Georgette, Jones was committed to The Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Florida. He was kept there to detoxify for 10 days before being released with a prescription for Librium.
Jones managed longer stretches of sobriety with Wynette than he had enjoyed in years. However, as the decade wore on the erratic behavior worsened.
One time I woke up at one o’clock in the morning to find George gone: “I got into the car and drove to the nearest bar 10 miles away. When I pulled into the parking lot there sat our rider-mower right by the entrance. He’d driven that mower right down a main highway… He looked up and saw me and said, ‘Well, fellas, here she is now. My little wife, I told you she’d come after me.”
Prior to his relationship with Tammy. Over the years, George earned his drinking and drugging reputation by living his songs. His personal life continued to spin out of control. His previous reputation as “No show Jones”, or showing up drunk would once again be his reputation until he quit drinking for good in 1999.
George and Tammy Early Years
Jones and Wynette’s marriage started out with promise. They had great success with a number of their duets reaching the top ten. They both continued to do well on their own with Jones releasing several top charting singles. Tammy gave birth to their daughter at this time and by all appearances, all seemed to be well.
However behind the scenes George continued his battle with drugs and alcohol. The marriage was in trouble and would end once and for all on March 21, 1975.
Late 70’s Dark Times For Jones
In the late seventies, Jones spiraled out of control, falling apart both physically and mentally. A manager named Shug Baggot introduced him to cocaine before a show because he was too tired to perform.
Despite the severe abuse George continued to make interesting music. He began flirting with Rock and Roll, covering Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” with Johnny Paycheck as well as recording a duet with James Taylor.
By February 1979 he was homeless, deranged, and destitute, living in his car. He weighed under a hundred pounds. It took him more than two years to complete My Very Special Guests, an album on which Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Elvis Costello, and other famous fans came to his vocal aid and support.
In June 1979, he appeared with Waylon Jennings on Ralph Emery’s syndicated radio program and at one point Jennings cracked, “It’s lonely at the top.” A laughing Jones replied, “It’s lonely at the bottom, too! It’s real, real lonely, Waylon.”
Despite his unreliability, Jones was still capable of putting on a captivating live show. On Independence Day, 1976, he appeared at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in Gonzales, Texas in front of 80,000 younger, country-rock oriented fans. A nervous Jones felt out of his comfort zone and nearly bolted from the festival but went on anyway. He wound up stealing the show. The Houston Post wrote, “He was the undisputed star of this year’s Willie Nelson picnic…one of the greatest.”
Jones began missing more shows than he made, including a highly publicized date at the Bottom Line club in New York City. When he finally played the Bottom Line in 1980, the New York Times called him “the finest, most riveting singer in country music.”
The 80’s Comeback And Life Turnaround
It’s no secret that Jones had a long history of alcohol and cocaine abuse, as well as broken marriages that were punctuated by episodes of violence. After an enormous run of early success, by the late ’70s he was virtually washed up, having earned the nickname “No Show Jones” for his penchant of simply not showing up for planned performances.
In 1980, a 3-minute song changed his life. His long time producer, Billy Sherrill, recommended he record “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” a ballad by Curly Putnam and Bobby Braddock.
The song took more than a year to record, partly because Jones couldn’t master the melody, which he confused with Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make it Through the Night,” and partly because he was too drunk to recite a brief, spoken interlude (“She came to see him one last time/And we all wondered if she would/And it kept running through my mind/This time he’s over her for good.”)
The last words Jones said about “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was “Nobody’ll buy that morbid son of a bitch”.
Although he had disliked “He Stopped Loving Her Today” when it was first offered to him, Jones ultimately gave the song credit for reviving his flailing career. Stating that “a four-decade career had been salvaged by a three-minute song”.
His life changed after he met Nancy Sepulveda in 1981. After they married in 1983, the straight-laced Nancy Sepulvado Jones righted his messy finances, helped him address his drinking, kept his drug dealers at bay, and helped revive his ailing music career.
“I saw a lot of good in a man who was being totally destroyed.”
I’d heard the horror stories,” Nancy Jones disclosed to PEOPLE, “but I’m of the opinion you don’t believe it ’til you see it. I ended up seeing plenty of it, but we just clicked. I saw a lot of good in a man who was being totally destroyed.”
“They say love can change the world,” the country legend continued. “I’m here to testify that it changed one man.
Thanks to Nancy’s love and guidance, George enjoyed career success once more with duets “Hallelujah, I Love You So” with Brenda Lee and “Size Seven Round (Made of Gold)” with Lacy J Dalton. As a solo recording artist, he enjoyed multiple popular singles from his 1985 album Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes and his last solo Top 10 country hit came with 1989’s “I’m a One Woman Man.”
Despite George’s career rebound, his still wrestled with his personal demons. “George was the sweetest man you could meet. But when George would drink, there was a devil that jumped inside of him,” Nancy admitted.
Ridding The Demon
In 1999, an impaired George Jones ran his SUV into a bridge near his home, suffering a lacerated liver and a severely bruised lung. After spending 13 days trapped in the hospital, he made a lasting deal with God.
“He said, ‘God if you let me get over this, I’ll never touch a cigarette or liquor again,’” Nancy reminisced. “I was warm all over. This time he meant it.”
That experience shook him enough to remain sober until his death from hypoxic respiratory failure on April 26, 2013. George and Nancy Jones celebrated 30 years of marriage before his passing at age 81.
“God put me with him to help him get the devil out of him,” his widow concluded. “God put me there to do a job and I did it.”
Quotes about George Jones:
“When you look at all formats of music, George Jones is the most unique stylist, bar none” – B.B. King
“He is a true icon of country music. George Jones is to country music what Spencer Tracy is to movies. He is a true American folk-hero and we all love him.”
“If we could all sing like we wanted to, we’d all sing like George Jones.” –Waylon Jennings
“Most people’s voices are a gift from God. With George Jones, I think it started out as a gift from God and then they built a body around it because anybody who has ever wanted to sing country music wants to sound like George Jones” – Garth Brooks
“I bask in the glow of having worked (read played) with George Jones. Gram Parsons must be smiling.” – Keith Richards
Jones Love of Traditional Country Music
“I sing top songs that fit the hardworking, everyday loving person. That’s what country music is about,” Jones said in a 1991 AP interview. “My fans and real true country music fans know I’m not a phony. I just sing it the way it is and put feeling in it if I can and try to live the song.” (George Jones)
Jones tirelessly defended the integrity of country music, telling Billboard in 2006. Jones also went out of his way to promote younger country singers that he felt were as passionate about the music as he was. “Everybody knows he’s a great singer,” AlanJackson stated in 1995, “but what I like most about George is that when you meet him, he is like some old guy that works down at the gas station…even though he’s a legend!”
Summing Up The Life Of George Glenn Jones A Country Music Legend
Battling his personal demons along the way, Jones amassed an impressive musical legacy that earned him a 2012 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other honors. He died in 2013, at the age of 81.
Jones recorded over 900 songs, and charted more than any other music artist, almost exclusively on the country charts; Jones never charted a hit in the general top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 or any equivalent all-genre chart. As a solo artist, Jones had just three hits make the Billboard Hot 100, the highest-charted of which, “White Lightning”, peaked at number 73. A duet with Gene Pitney also made number 99 for one week. On the country charts, Jones (either solo or as part of duet) placed nearly 150 songs on the charts, including thirteen number 1 country hits.
George Jones – Country Music Blogger Melvina White. Painted by Michelle Loughery. Merritt Murals
There is no doubt that GEORGE JONES helped set the standard for modern country music. It is impossible to overstate his impact as one of the architects of the country music sound.
George Jones Merritt Mountain Music Festival 1993
Thousands of country music fans were subjected to stormy, rainy conditions on the first and last day of the First Annual Merritt Mountain Music Festival in Merritt, BC.
Legendary country singer George Jones wrapped up the Merritt Mountain Music Festival on Sunday night, July 11, 1993, in front of thousands of die hard country fans who managed to stick it out through the rain.
The legend didn’t disappoint. He performed a show in Merritt, BC Canada that could have been on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry. George Jones was a real true hard core country entertainer and legend.
Merritt, BC Canada Mural Walk and Attractions
Visit downtown Merritt in the beautiful Nicola Valley, Merritt, BC Canada and take part in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Mural Walk. Although the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame includes Canadian Hall of Fame inductees as well as CCMA Award winning artists. The Hall of Fame is also the host of the Merritt, BC Mural Walk which also includes artists from Canada’s neighbours that have performed in Merritt at the infamous Merritt Mountain Music Festival.
Start the downtown mural tour at Merritt’s National Attraction. The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, situated on Quilchena Avenue in The Country Music Capital of Canada.
The Merritt Mural project was created in 2005. The Merritt, BC Murals were part of a successful program called, the “Merritt Youth Mural Project”. A project designed for working with local young artists and “youth at risk”. Merritt Murals were painted by muralist Michelle Loughery.
George Jones Mural can be found on the wall in Spirit Square, situated on the corner of Voght Street and Granite Avenue.
The Walk of Stars Murals really added to the character of the small town of Merritt, BC. Makes the town feel like country music. (Denis O – Port Coquitlam, Canada)
The information for George Jones was obtained through Wikipedia and George Jones Biography.
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Petit – which is pronounced “petee” Creek, Merritt, BC, Canada
“… remember the girl who grew a whole big country dream because she loved the smell of her Grandmother’s suitcase.”
Petit Creek Lavender Farm isn’t just about farming. It is about friends, it is about family, it is about fun, and it is about “following your heart”. When I asked Judy-Sue Suzuki why she started the Lavender Farm in the Nicola Valley she said,
“ I started the Lavender Farm because I love it, and it gives me wonderful memories of my Grandmother’s luggage. When she would visit it smelled of Lavender”.
Dreams Of Petit Creek Lavender Farm
Judy -Sue had a dream and since 2010 Judy-Sue and her entire family, her parents, her husband, her children, and her grandchildren have all played a valuable role in the production of Lavender buds, sachets, honey, creams, soaps, wreaths, and so much more. Everyone is happy to pitch in to help with the acres of Lavender, over 300 rose bushes, gardens, rock beds, small quaint sitting areas and sweet cozy cottages. Every single inch of this property is touched by love.
Everyone loves the Petit Creek Lavender Farm. Through the years the flowers and family grew.
Judy-Sue offers classes to teach others how to use Lavender in many ways, the farm has provided more than one wedding couple an amazing place to share their vows and start their new life together. But it is not all about making things pretty at the Petit Creek Lavender Farm. It is about work, hard work, long days and the only reward Judy-Sue is guaranteed to get is knowing she has done her best for her family and her animals, and for her that is more than enough. There are over 3200 photos on the Petit Creek Lavender Farm Facebook Page, I chose this one to share on my blog. Why? Read on!
Praying or Thanking?
Praying or Thanking.
Nothing To Waste
I looked at this photo and it said so much. At first I thought Judy-Sue was looking up and saying a prayer, but then I also thought she could be looking up and saying “Thank You”, for the blessings she has in her life. 24 hours a day Judy-Sue watches over her farm in Merritt, BC Canada, hundreds of animals and birds are in her care. She also raises sheep, bunnies, and goats for fibre which she hand dyes and makes wool. Nothing is wasted on the Petit Creek Lavender Farm, no land is left bare and unused, food is grown and preserved for the long winter. Birds lay eggs and provide meat, even the tiniest of creatures are trusted in Judy-Sue’s care.
Baby Birds in the Nest
Lavender And Heaven
It is so much more than Lavender, everyone shares photos of Lavender, we all know what it looks like and smells like. We love Lavender of course, but spending the day at the lavender farm in Merritt, BC, Canada is so much more. It is an experience your heart will remember forever. When you pull up to the front gate you will know you have arrived at a small piece of Heaven.
Arriving at Heaven’s Gate
Merritt Country Dream
When you meet Judy-Sue Suzuki you will understand what I mean. You will see a beautiful women with a heart the size of her 54 acres of flowers, fruits, family, and friends. Her smile will stay with you always. When you think of the sweet Petit Creek Lavender Farm in Merritt, BC, Canada you will always remember the girl who grew a whole big country dream because she loved the smell of her Grandmother’s suitcase.
Nicola Valley Merritt BC’s own Don Loewen Saddlery – Leathercrafter.
Don Loewen Saddlery – Leathercraft Nicola Valley Merritt BC Canada. Experience this Nicola Valley gem. With over 30 years of experience, Don Loewen Saddlery has created over 500 horseback riding saddles. This has earned Don’s saddlery a stamp of pure “Authentic Quality Craftsmanship”. Many of us who have tasted ranch life appreciate Don’s unique skill and talent. To ride in one of his saddles is truly an experience and honour.
Introducing Don Loewen.
In order to know Don Loewen, we need to know his history.
From birth, Don grew up within a cowboy family. Growing up with an interest in horses and saddlery he made his first saddle at 14yrs old. Don realised early in life he had a unique passion and talent for shaping leather with his hands. Don began his journey at the age of 17 leaving home and attending “Saddle School” in South Dakota. Itis here he honed his skills as a saddle maker and artisan.
Notably Don does not lack leatherworking skill.
Consequently Don opened up a home-based shop.
Meanwhile after cowboying in southern Alberta and at Douglas Lake Cattle Company with some time working in the logging industry, Don returned to his true passion of saddlery. In 1995 he opened a home-based saddle shop called Don Loewen Saddlery. Eventually he opened up a storefront business in downtown Merritt B.C. in 2004.
Our saddles are highly customized to your specific needs.
Lets take a look at how Don begins to make a saddle. Firstly, a frame is made of wood and fiber glass of the horse’s frame. From that frame a saddle is fitted for the horse. Comfort, durability and the ability to stay positioned throughout a full day’s ride, is what makes Don’s saddles so well known throughout Western Canada. Ground seat design, the skirt and seat design are skills that Don teaches and owns with a sense of pride.
Additionally Don has added other high-quality leather products.
As well as saddles, Don crafts belts and traveller’s notebooks. Furthermore, Don passes down his art of leather crafting with teaching a wide range of people. Most rememberable were the young high school students and adults from Sweden.
Truly a master leathercrafter.
Don’s saddles are well known throughout Western Canada and the World.
Furthermore the skill of Don Loewen continues.
Together with his beautiful wife Jody, they have six wonderful children and two precious grandchildren. Don’s eldest son has also learned the basics of the craft of saddlery.
Leather artistry at it’s best. Don Loewen.
Coupled with Don’s skill and talent everything is proudly made in the beautiful Nicola Valley Merritt BC!
Artisan Don Loewen.
“I am busy as I need to be,” Don Loewen.
Not to mention that Don once made a saddle for “Marmaduke”
“Don Loewen has always had a reputation for building a good using saddle. I looked at a couple of Don’s saddles that the cowboys in the valley had ordered and had been using for every day ranch work and I was impressed with the quality of the rigs and how they were standing up. I’ve been riding my Loewen saddles for some time now and haven’t got one complaint. The saddle sits on a horses back well and I’ve never rode in a more comfortable seat. Don’s saddles are reasonably priced and you will never get a better person to deal with.”
Quilchena Cattle Co.
Horse Back Riding at A-P Guest Ranch Nicola Valley Merritt BC. This rustic “Western Guest Ranch” is owned and operated by Andre and his wife Susan Patry. Established in 1986, this scenic ranch is nestled in a valley setting in the heart of B.C.’s prominent ranching country. The ranch is surrounded by impressive fishing lakes and thousands of acres of rolling terrain for picturesque trail riding and winter sports. Experience Nicola Valley is proud to have had an opportunity to visit with A-P Ranch.
Andre and friends.
A great way to experience Merritt Canada is from the back of a horse at A-P Guest Ranch Nicola Valley BC.
Andre Patry, owner of A-P Ranch, shared with us that he has been riding for 73 years. More impressively, 53 years of that stretch is right here in Merritt BC. The Patry’s left Quebec around 1966 and with a bit prospecting for the perfect ranch Andre found what was to become A-P Guest Ranch.
A-P Guest Ranch. Kitchen, Saloon, Dining area along with bunk rooms.
Importantly Andre and family at A-P Guest Ranch believe in providing 5 star treatment for all their guests.
For example safety is very important for their guests when embarking on a trail ride. With Andre’s years of experience dealing with horses he seems to have this magical ability to team a horse and rider up perfectly. The right temperament is required between a horse and rider for a maximum riding experience for both horse and rider.
Andre making sure everything is in order.
In fact A-P Ranch is ideal for family outings, reunions, weddings, and for escaping the city for a weekend getaway!
Together with its 5 Star Hospitality A-P Ranch also offers other outdoor adventures.
When was the last time you enjoyed a hay-ride, or have you even tried one of these sightseeing adventures. It is a great way to spend a fall day with the family. Why not make it a weekend getaway with your children and give them the ultimate experience of “Living Country” on a horse ranch like A-P Ranch.
A-P Ranch Corrals.
A-P Ranch’s great hospitality.
Along with great “Lodge Package’s“(including meals & lodging)… A-P Ranch also has a Bed & Breakfast. Also for those campers with tents or trailers, there are camping facilities as well, some with with power.
A-P Ranch provides more than a horse and some good times. They are ready to help you look the part as well. They have the cowboy boots to fit all sizes of feet and adventures. Riding boots are not only great for the ambiance but also for the safety of the rider.
Melva picking out her riding boots.
Additionally Mark Patry helps with saddling up the horses.
Bill’s with his horse “Lapis”
Andre believes in “safety” first.
For this reason alone A-P Guest Ranch is a great start for beginners as well as all levels of horseback riding. From families to seasoned riders the people at the ranch have the skills and equipment for a safe ride.
With 73 years of experience Andre makes this look easy.
Indeed all of the horses at A-P Ranch are truly beautiful!
There is something special going on at A-P Ranch. Interestingly enough, you can see that more and more people are turning to horses for a connection with nature as well as a connection with themselves. Additionally Horses have been linked to helping people heal when dealing with PTSD, anxiety, depression, abuse, addiction, grief, and stress.
Andre leading the way.
This was my “ride” for our open trail experience.
A-P Ranch is a hidden gem within the Nicola Valley. Hidden in the sense that it is located on the outskirts of the Nicola Valley in the wilderness backcountry of British Columbia. A great destination for company retreats, team building and motivational seminars.
Whether you love to go riding in the vast outdoors or relax and stay in for a night being treated to country cooking A-P Guest Ranch is truly the place for you.
Andre leads us to the “Range”
Especially with all its scenic beauty, its hard not to feel like your riding in the Old West of yesterday.
Surprisingly from Kamloops Purity Feed Ltd to A-P ranch is 92.3 km, average driving time 58 minutes. Also from Merritt’s Best Western Plus to the ranch is 26.5 km = 20 minutes driving time. If arriving from Vancouver British Columbia Canada it is only a little over a 31/2 hour drive, Kelowna just over an hour.
This is what 73yrs of experience looks like.
Amazing how one can connect with nature when on horseback.
From dessert grass to lush forest.
Riding on a perfect late summer day.
For the brave and more adventurous people, A-P Ranch also provides multi-day “Pack Trips”. These horseback riding adventures range from 3 days to 7 days. All you need to do is show up, saddle up and enjoy the experience. My son and I along with other people hope to do a 3 day one in the fall.
“Born to Ride” Melvina White.
Our host Andre.
Not only can you see how Andre’s horses earn their keep, you see the love shared between horse and man.
Melvina taking in the beauty.
Riding into the wild.
20 Minute Break
Half-way through our trail ride we had about a 20 minute break to stretch our legs. I found it got harder to get back on my horse. But, I guess I am a natural, as there are stumps around to help with the saddle up process.
The perfect place to stretch your legs.
Notably the chances of making new friends are very high.
Andre, Sarah Pasco, Joe klemionks, Bill.
Can it get any better?
My hat, if I had one, is off to our very personable and knowledgeable horseback riding guide “Andre Patry”
Andre pointing out all the different trees.
Coupled with nature, good company, well adjusted horses this is truly a perfect mini holiday!
I began whistling the tune from “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly”
Of course after the trail ride” you can cool of with a drink in A-P’s Saloon.
Were everyone knows your name!
Additionally Andre is an amazing artist.
Pictures do not do Andre’s art justice. Seeing his amazing work is truly an experience to see and enjoy. And I guarantee you wont leave with just one piece.
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Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo and Fall Fair In Merritt BC
The Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo and Fall Fair is an Annual Tradition.
Don your hat and pull your boots on.
Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo and Fall Fair in Merritt BC Canada – The Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo was always held on Saturday, August 31st – Sunday, September 1st, in Merritt, British Columbia. Held at Nicola Valley Rodeo Association grounds here in Merritt. Due to Covid19 this favorite event is on hold.
Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo
Because pictures can tell a story, I wanted to add quotes that represented the cowboys, cowgirls, and everyone who loves to watch, admire, and cheer these amazing athletes on who truly love what they do. Enjoy the pictures along with Cowboy and Cowgirl Quotes.
Hold tight! Photo by Tania Stewart.
To Demonstrate How To Ride a Bull.
“If your not makin’ dust your eaten’ it” Cricket, June 3, 2008
Although It Looks Easy, She is Just That Good.
“If my boots and spurs ain’t here, I’m probably riding and drinking beer. Horses are God’s gift to cowgirls as an apology for men.” Andrea, June 3, 2009. Photo by TStewart.
To Be Sure You Have a Strong Grip.
Photo courtesy Tania Stewart.
“Learn this well, the last ride is never the last ride. And the end is not the end.” Richard Rowland
Furthermore This Takes Two.
Photo by Tania Stewart.
“A Cowgirl is a woman with guts and horse.” TS
Subsequently The Saviors Are On Hand.
Get out of the way! Photo courtesy Tania Stewart.
“A true cowboy knows love, pain and shame but never cares about fame.” Anonymous
Longest 8 Seconds Ever.
Ride! Photo Tania Stewart.
“The only good reason to ride a bull is to meet a nurse.” Anonymous
While Riding The Bull Is Hard, Getting Out of Danger Continues.
Not for me! Photo taken by Tania Stewart.
“Ride E’m Cowboy, don’t let them throw ya down.. You can’t make no money if ya hit the ground, Ride E’m Cowboy, don’t let them throw ya down, You’re the toughest Cowboy in town.” Juice Newton
Again, 8 Seconds.
Hang er on! Photo courtesy Tania Stewart.
“Pain and rodeo go hand in hand.” Snake, April 1, 2009
Granted They Make it Look Easy.
“It aint worth fussin’ about unless the bone is showin’ or you ain’t got no feelin’ in it…even then you should cowboy up and walk it off.” Mat, October 21, 2008
To Be Sure You Can Not Use Both Hands.
“If you haven’t fallen off a horse…then you haven’t been ridin long enough.” Unknown
Furthermore it Begins Early.
“I took to the life of a cowboy like a horse takes to oats.” Anonymous
“No man should have cowboys boots in his wardrobe. That’s fair enough, isn’t it? Unless you’re a cowboy, of course.” Paul Weller
Truly This Should Be An Olympic Sport.
“The horse is a mirror to your soul. And sometimes you might not like what you see in the mirror.” Buck Brannaman
Truly a Joy to Watch!
“Cowgirl Up! Means to rise to the occasion, not to give up, and to do it all without whining or complaining.” Whitney, November 9, 2008
Do Not Try This At Home.
“Some cowboys have to much tumbleweed in their blood to settle down.” Ken Alstad
The Next Time You Want to go Trail Riding, hold on. Tight!
“If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride.” Ashton Jennings, April 10, 2013
Can You Say Cute?
Bravo! Photo from Tania Stewart.
“A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse.” William James
Time to Run!
Run! Picture by Tania Stewart.
“Bull riding is probably the most dangerous sport in the world in terms of head injuries.” Jonathan Gottschall
Furthermore Bull Riding takes Guts!
Great grip! Photo by Tania Stewart.
“Rodeo careers can end without warning, as quick as the next try at an eight-second ride.” John Branch
To Demonstrate how Cowgirls Cool Off.
This is pure “Relaxation”
If it was easy, everyone would do it.
Shake it off. Photo by Tania Stewart.
“When you’re young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you’re my age, you splatter.” Roy Rogers
This time I Got Err Done.
“True cowboys are the ones who aren’t afraid to get dirty.” Lane Frost
Moreover its all About the Spectators.
“A good old rodeo never hurt anyone.” Taylor Kitsch
When it Takes a Team.
“A real cowboy doesn’t have to say they are a cowboy you know, the smell, the expression and the heart tells itself. ” cowgirlmaine, November 19, 2009
When you are in the Bull Pen.
The Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo will be held on Saturday, August 31st – Sunday, September 1st, 2019 in Merritt, British Columbia. Held at Nicola Valley Rodeo Grounds. Attending this event is truly a Nicola Valley Experience you wont forget.
Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo
Nicola Valley Rodeo Association
499 Lindley Creek Road,
Merritt, British Columbia
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Where to find us
Tourism Nicola Valley
2181 Quilchena Ave, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8