Logan Lake celebrates Canada Day
Compared to Canada Day in 2011, this year’s event was a clear winner with sunshine, blue skies and warmer weather than what we’ve become used to. Could it be that because it was Sunday the God of all things good was smiling down on us?
Again the Seniors Centre’s Pancake Breakfast was a winner with people lining up to be served and then adjourning to tables to share fun and friendship. And, while people were inside enjoying breakfast, the amazing, creative and dedicated community volunteers were outside, if not decking the halls, decorating the floats.
The parade this year, compared to last, was a huge success in terms of both the number of floats which were entered and the number of residents who turned out to cheer on participants. Float prize winners: Cutest kiddos – Brendan and Michael Humphrey, Best Clown – Dan Welsh, Best Equestrian – the little pony on the Ranch and Country Club’s float, and the Best in Parade award went to the I.D.A.’s float which was capped off by a boat and two fishermen.
Acting Mayor Robin Smith, together with Fraser-Nicola MLA Harry Lali officially welcomed people to Logan Lake’s Canada Day birthday party and the occasion marked the 17th year that Lali has attended our celebrations. Smith and Lali shared reasons for the world to be celebrating Canada’s birthday and some of these homegrown inventions I found particularly interesting included: basketball, hockey, the AM radio, baseball, five-pin bowling, roller skates, the telephone, the washing machine, insulin(which was discovered only 40 years before I received my diabetes diagnosis) and something of interest to both guys and gals – the Wonderbra.
The food stands sponsored by Logan Lake Search & Rescue and the Logan Lake Ranch and Country Club made sure that no one went hungry or thirsty.
This year, the Logan Lake Arts Council hosted a Craft Sale in the arena and, although the attendance figures were less than last year when the event was a two-day show and sale, executive members were pleased with the turnout and, especially, just as last year, folks from the campground attended. The day was highlighted by the draws for the annual raffle prizes and the winners were: Gary Youd, Allan Thain, Shaun Mulldoon and Peggy King. The gift basket was won by Allan Thain who had his ticket drawn by RCMP representative Cpl. Thain. Obviously, Cpl. Thain was very embarrassed but Arts Council members, Molly Kutsche and Diane Ross were, in fact, delighted, because the basket contained gift certificates from local businesses and who better than newcomers to receive such a gift?
In the evening, more than 150 folks gathered at the arena to view Mirror Mirror on a large screen. Ambassadors sold popcorn and cotton candy while members of Kamloops’ Bridge Baptist Church who have a special relationship with our community, gave out free snow cones.
With the movie over, people streamed over to Maggs Park to view our volunteer Fire Department’s annual fireworks display. The next day, it was interesting to hear all the positive comments about the show and especially the recognition that our show was better than the one in Kamloops.
A big community thanks to everyone who helped with the Pancake Breakfast, who decorated floats and participated in the parade, those who took part in the Open Market and the Craft Fair and to the District Staff who, again, gave their all to ensure everything went well. It should be acknowledged that with a water line break at the camp ground in the morning, all public works members were called out on a day off to respond to the emergency which merits an extra big thanks.
And special thanks to Charlene Vandean, the District’s Event Coordinator, who is one amazing, energetic, creative, organized woman and you’ll be able to see more of her work when we celebrate Logan Lake Day on August 5.