District heats up for Logan Lake Day
With temperatures reaching 37C on Sunday, Logan Lake Day was hot on many levels.
The official opening of the day happened at the Amphitheatre and included remarks from Robin Smith as Acting Mayor and MP, Dan Albas, who was joined by Rani Lali, representing her husband, Harry, our MLA. This was followed by a church service involving representatives of the Church on the Hill, St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Logan Lake Community Church.
I was somewhat surprised that there weren’t more people in attendance and I heard similar comments from others so I’m wondering if the heat was a factor.
Then it was across the highway to join the 2nd Annual Show and Shine in Maggs Park, which is an amazing success story. The husband and wife team of Kelly Norwood and Christina Garrett have done an incredible organizational job with the registrations climbing from 62 in 2011 — amazing for a first-time event — to 90 this year! Talking to Kelly and Christina at the end of the show, they’re anticipating more than 110 participants in 2013.
I joined the surprisingly short line for a hot air balloon ride but, unfortunately, the early morning calm winds picked up ending the possibility of folks becoming Logan Lake high flyers. Fortunately, the company who brought the balloon as well as the other interactive games for young people said that if they were unable to provide rides, they would not charge the District their typical fee.
The park was busy with a wide variety of activities for people of all ages, including an expanded Open Market. The popular addition was the horse-drawn buggy rides, as well as face painting and crafts for youth. Some vendors offered a tasty selection of munchies including: healthy smoothies, hamburgers with hand-cut fries, and Lil Orbit mini-Donuts. In addition there were informational booths.
It was encouraging to see that Mr. Albas remained in town through most of the day despite the health issues which prevented his wife and children from attending. For me, this was a sign that we have a committed/dedicated representative looking after us.
Evening activities kicked off at 6 p.m. at the Rec Centre with an enjoyable family movie followed by the Logan Lake Business Association’s Dance Under the Stars. The downtown dance, together with the challenging Climbing Wall, offered a range of entertainment options while Sydney’s Not Just Lemonade Stand looked after food and beverage requests.
Those attending the dance were asked to make donations to have their names entered in the draws for a wide selection of prizes donated by LLBA members. McKenzie Kelly and her friend Meghan McElroy did a great job of encouraging people to participate financially, and, at the end of the day, they raised $116 -- the largest amount collected in the three-year history of the dance. The LLBA thanks these young ladies and everyone else who made donations which will be gifted to the W.H.Y.
At the end of the day, despite the heat, Logan Lake Day 2012 was considered a great success with expectations that next year will be even better.
And, many apologies to Chris Gailus whose name I misspelled last week – I was obviously overcome by his good looks to pay attention to spelling!
Logan Lake Search and Rescue, after dishing up 5,000 hot dogs at HVC’s Open House on Monday, will be back at it with a Hot Dog and Music Fundraiser with Logan’s Run on Aug. 11 at the Amphitheatre, beginning at 11 a.m. Come out and support SAR’s efforts to build a storage facility for their vehicles and equipment.