The people in charge of the Creston Valley Blossom Festival have decided to not stand on their laurels but to bring in some new events.
Get your Blossom Festival passport from participating merchants and take it to the 24 businesses taking part. Once you have your passports stamped, turn it into the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce. On Monday at 12:30 p.m., head down to Centennial Park for the big draw. The winner will receive a voucher for one nights accommodation at Panorama Mountain Resort.
Last year’s big success was the 100-kilometre yard sale, which ran from Yahk to Riondel. It is back again and organizers are looking forward to attracting more residents to put their goods at the end of their driveway and wait for the customers to come. The parking lot at the Peterbilt dealer, formerly Creston Truck Service, will be an assembly point for Creston vendors. Sunday morning will see the kickoff and even bigger crowds than last year are anticipated.
Also returning this year is the midway after a lengthy absence. It has returned to Creston in recent years either in April or early May. This year, West Coast Amusements will be bringing in more rides as it sets up shop on the vacant lot next to Extra Foods on Cook Street for your midway fun on Thursday through Sunday.
The teen dance in Millennium Park will be held on Friday this year to accommodate the busy schedule of popular DJ Robin.
South of town, the Therapeutic Riding Program will be holding an open house, and you can also take a tour of Spectrum Farms from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
In case you had forgotten, the John Bucyk Arena has a cement floor, so on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. you can rollerblade with music. Enter to win a Fitbit. Skate rentals will be available.
On Saturday, the Creston branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is holding a Blossom Festival dance beginning at 8 p.m. Perfect Storm will provide the live music.
Sunday will see the Rally in the Valley, which is a U12 soccer jamboree on the pitch next to the Creston and District Community Complex.
Sunday is also movie time at the Tivoli Theatre with the showing of the family movie, Finding Normal, sponsored by the Creston Ministerial Association.
On Monday, if you feel like swimming, Success by Six is sponsoring a free public swim at the community complex pool from 2:15-4:15 p.m.
—BY HUGH JOHNSTON