Children’s activities are held at College of the Rockies following the Blossom Festival parade.

Creston Valley Blossom Festival features events for children and teens

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The bouncy tent and the Kootenay Children’s Train from Cranbrook will once more be at the College of the Rockies immediately after the parade on Saturday, says Success By Six organizer Crista Comer.

The children’s events run from noon-4 p.m., with 400-600 kids attending last year.

“These are free events for the kids,” said Comer. “Last year over 400 kids took rides on the CU Express, a children’s train 54 feet long.”

Volunteers from the Creston Valley development team and the Creston and District Public Library, are on hand to assist.

Two inflatables, one a climbing and sliding obstacle course tent is new this year.

“Come down to the College of the Rockies right after the Parade for free kids events,” says Comer. “Kids love it.”

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A new Creston Valley Blossom Festival event this year will be planned by and for teens ages 12-18. A teen dance, Beats for the Break, with a DJ at Millennium Park on Saturday night will include a grand prize of a 16-gigabyte iPod Touch 4.

“The teens are doing the legwork, making the decisions and getting feedback of what kids would like,” says co-ordinator Jesse Willicome of the newly-formed Teen Action Committee. “They have run with it.”

Teen Action Committee members have arranged for business-sponsored prizes to be given throughout the evening, and Eagle Mountain Security will keep the event under control.

Jan Potyok, involved since the inception, is very proud of this youth event.

“This is being driven by the kids,” she said. “They decided what it should be, and how it should be run, based on a little guidance. It is their event.”

—BY JOANNA WILSON

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