The 2014 Adjudicators for The Cariboo Festival have excellent credentials and we would like to thank them for their valuable time.

Verena Berger

Creative Writing


Speech Arts

Gordon Lucas

Band / Instrumental

Erica Northcott

Vocal / Choral

Yvette Rowledge

Sponsors for 2014 Cariboo Festival
  • Williams Lake Lions Club, Williams Lake Lioness Club, Kiwanis Club of Williams Lake, Knights of Columbus, Williams Lake Daybreak Rotary Club, McDonalds Restaurant, Woodland Jewellers, Cariboo Handwoven, Audio Video Unlimited, Williams Lake and District Credit Union, Excelsior Jewelers, Carrie Barker, The Johnson Family, Jan Toews, Angela SOmmer, The TubaJohn Encouragement Awards (in memory of John Sykes) as administered by the Cariboo Foundation Society.


History of The Cariboo Festival Society

The first Cariboo Festival was held in May of 1957 with 200 entries. President of the Festival at that time was Catherine Boyce. Other founding members were Hazel Huckvale, Marty Simon, Ann Stevenson, Marie Sharpe, and Toes Uchida. That first year most entries were vocal solos and school choirs  along with spoken verse and choral speech. A one- act play and several square dance groups were also included. Approximately 600 entries were adjudicated in a one day event that lasted until midnight! There were few piano entrants as Williams Lake had few piano teachers. Mr. Halloren came from Quesnel twice a month to teach piano. In the early 1970's Gail Carson and Carrie Barker obtained their Teacher's Certificates and the piano entries started to increase. They also organized a committee and raised money for a community grand piano for the use of  these piano entrants.

1997 was the 50th anniversary of the Cariboo Festival.

This info was taken from an article in the Tribune Nov, 1996.

Some information from past years festivals

  • The 2013 Provincials Representatives from the Cariboo Festival (as recommended by the Adjudicators of each discipline):
    • Speech Arts:
      Junior Competitor: Joseph Antonio Brinoni
      Junior Observer: Lauren Swan
      Intermediate Observer: Paige Shahayla Brinoni
    • Vocal:
      Junior B Musical Theatre Competitor: Elise Everard
      Junior B Musical Theatre Observer: Nicole Lang Curbella
      Junior B Classical Observers: Keziah Froese and Janelle Froese
      Intermediate Classical Observer: Ilan Peimer
    • Instrumental:
      Senior Strings Observer: Kasey Stirling
    • Intermediate Strings Observer: Carly Magnuson
  • 2013 Cariboo Festival Honors Program - View it!
  • 2013 Cariboo Festival Awards & Bursaries- View it!
  • Sponsors for 2013 Cariboo Festival -

    WL Lions Club, WL Lioness Club, WL Daybreak Rotary, McDonalds  Restaurant, Kiwanis Club of WL, Woodland Jewellers, Excelsior  Jewellers, Angela Sommer, Audio Video/Guitar Seller, Knights of Columbus, John & Debbie Sykes, Carrie Barker, Verena Berger, Carl & Sherry Johnson, Jan Toews