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Professional rodeo riders from throughout Western Canada and the U-S are converging on Merritt this weekend as the 53rd Annual Pro Rodeo is set to go.

Brent Kynoch, Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo Association President is hoping for a good turnout at the gates, which open both days at 1 p-m.

The rodeo will feature all the popular rodeo events from bareback riding and steer wrestling to saddle bronc and ladies barrel racing and everything inbetween.

Riders are getting down to the end of the season so they're fighting for points.

Rodeo action is both Saturday and Sunday at the rodeo grounds in Collettville.

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The second fly in of the summer for the Merritt Flying Club is set to add to the excitement of Labour Day weekend in Merritt.

Flying Club Secretary-Treasurer Herb Graham says the community is welcome to take it in Sunday morning from 8 till 11 at Saunders Field.

Graham says as many as 40 planes from clubs from Abbotsford, Kamloops, Vernon, Langley, Salmon Arm and Cache Creek should fly in on Sunday and join the Merritt Club for a breakfast get together.

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Team White scored three goals in just under eight minutes to start the third period to beat Team Red 4-2 in the Merritt Centennials last phase of training camp, the intrasquad game.

Head coach and G-M Luke Pierce liked some of what he saw, but wasn't happy with a few other things.

The Cents first exhibition game is tomorrow at 7 p-m in 100 Mile House against the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Pierce and assistant coach Joe Martin will hold exit meetings this morning with up to 15 players cut to get their roster down to 32-or-33.

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Now that an agreement has been reached between the City of Merritt and Pacific Sport B-C after ten months of talks, staffing has to be put in place.

City of Merritt Leisure Services Manager Larry Plotnikoff says the new position is posted.

Plotnikoff says the goal in teaming up with Pacific Sport is to provide the youth in the community some of the impetus and provide them with the incentive to stay in sport.

It's also hoped it will provide the coaches and officials with the same.

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People planning to enter baking, hobbies or any of a wide range of items in the various categories at the Nicola Valley Fall Fair had better be ready to do so today as 5 pm is the deadline to get entries in to Black's Pharmacy or Pharmasave.

The two day fall fair set for this Saturday and Sunday has been running since 1974 every Labour Day long weekend.

It's a great way to view some of the best agricultural heritage in our Nicola Valley.

It all happens at the Fall Fair buildings on Lindley Creek Road just over from the Rodeo Grounds.

The 53rd Pro Rodeo is this weekend as well.

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