This UAV aerial photo and video capture mission, by Firefox Enterprises, includes media captured at the 68th annual North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo, September 2017, at Barriere, British Columbia.

Barriere has been hosting the North Thompson Fall Fair Rodeo since 1949. The events are organized by the NTFFRA and dedicated, hard working volunteers complete the work required to make the event happen.

Enjoy the feature video for the 2017 NTFFRA Barriere Fall Fair and Rodeo! The video is a compilation of footage captured over the weekend including bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, prize winning 4H livestock, the Laughing Logger, lawn tractor races and more. The 2017 rodeo was a blast, with all sorts of fun events for the whole family.

There was plenty of parking provided within the fair grounds for RV’s, and an overflow camp ground located to the north, provided by Carmen Smith.

North Thompson Fall Fair Rodeo UAV Aerial Videos

UAV aerial videos were captured throughout the Fall Fair grounds.  We warmed up at the south end of the race track, near the south gate, filming the lawntractor races; very entertaining!  Next up was the Laughing Logger Show, near the garden, east of the agri-plex.  We then moved back to the south end of the track to capture the opening ceremony and a couple rounds of chuckwagon races.

The video has been produced in 1080 format for web viewing.  Check out more on our YouTube channel and subscribe! (click social icon link)

Opening Ceremony

Lawntractor Races Round 1

Lawntractor Races Round 3

Chuckwagon Races

Lawntractor Races Round 2

Lawntractor Races Round 4

2017 NTFFRA Barriere North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Aerial Photo Gallery

About Barriere, British Columbia and the NTFFRA

Barriere, British Columbia, is a peaceful community located about 35 minutes north of Kamloops.  Local industry consists of forestry products, mining, agriculture and small business.  Barriere is famous for the Fall Fair Rodeo, which is hosted around September long weekend – a must see attraction!  Also, the 4-H and Lions clubs are a big part of the community.  Thank you to the NTFFRA and Jill Hayward for giving Firefox the opportunity to work with you on this project.

Web link: North Thompson Fall Fair Rodeo


Thank you to the following people for your assistance with our UAV aerial video and photo capture project:

  • Jill Hayward, president of the NTFFRA
  • Chris Matthews – Pilot assistant
  • Frank Holt – Tractor Races Organizer – PrairieCoast Equipment
  • Ben Lefler – Logging Show Organizer – Laughing Logger
  • Carmen Ross – Rodeo side Organizer

Music Score Attribution (Creative Commons)

“Chicken Run”
Music by Jay Man
Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

“Tractor Boys”
Music by Jay Man
Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

“Back To The Wood”
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

UAV Flight Mission Notes

This UAV media capture mission had several challenges and safety concerns to address prior to conducting the flight mission.  A site visit and inspection was completed in advance to determine site specific hazards and also to determine safe flight mission areas.  The two primary factors affecting flight mission planning were the general public and livestock.

Additional engineering controls were used to isolate flight mission areas from the general public.  Controls consisted of signs which notify people about the flight and rope used to delineate the flight mission area.  Administrative safety controls consisted of the ground supervisor notifying people about the flight and ensuring that they stayed out of the flight mission area.

Fall Fair event personnel and competitors attended safety meetings, conducted by Firefox Enterprises staff, prior to each flight mission.  All event personnel within the flight mission area were made into visual observers, and aware of any safety concerns associated with the flight mission.

Some of the primary safety concerns associated with the project include:

  1. General Public – many people at the Fall Fair and around the flight mission areas; use engineering and administrative controls to keep people out of the flight mission areas
  2. Livestock – primary concern with horses was noise from the UAV and the shadow it creates on the ground; keep clear of livestock
  3. Structures – many buildings throughout the Fall Fair grounds; sense and avoid
  4. Utilities – power lines located around the Fall Fair grounds; sense and avoid
  5. Wildlife – birds within the Fall Fair grounds and our flight mission areas; sense and avoid
  6. Noise – Between the rodeo announcers, the events and the crowd there was a great deal of noise.  Flight Mission personnel stayed close together to communicate clearly

Meteorological conditions were favorable during all flight missions.  Wind speeds did not exceed 12 km/h, based on readings from our portable weather station.
This UAV flight mission was conducted successfully, and without incident.

UAV Flight Mission

  • Coordinates: 51°11’41.64″N, 120° 7’28.11″W
  • Airspace Classification: G
  • Flight Difficulty Level: Advanced
  • Obstacles: Trees, Buildings, Utilities
  • Hazards: Manned Aircraft, General Public, Livestock, Vegetation, Wind, Wildlife

Airspace Classification

The subject property is located outside the 9.0 Km radius of the Kamloops – CYKA – FSS, Clearwater and Shuswap aerodromes.  Unmanned Aerial Vehicle / Drone flight missions were conducted following protocols for Class G airspace as outlined in the Canadian Aviation Regulations to fly at this location.  Please reference the Canadian Aviation Regulations and see our UAV Regulations page for more information.

Flight Planning and Safety

Unmanned aerial vehicle flight missions at this location require special considerations.  Permission was granted by the NTFFRA to conduct unmanned aerial vehicle flights.  Advanced safety considerations included pre-planning, special flight mission parameters, additional engineering controls, additional safety meetings, coordination and communication with event supervisors and volunteers, monitoring for manned aircraft and the general public.  Privacy of local landowners was also considered and respected.