The District of 100 Mile House 50th Anniversary Celebration, July 18-26, brought out more than 200 people almost every day and organizers are deeming it a great success.
District Councillor Bill Hadden headed up the organizing committee, and he says all the events had a good turnout and great reception by the community.
“Overall, we were very pleased. We had a good response to all of the events, and the people who were in the events were really happy with what our organizing committee did for them.
“Attendance across the whole week was steady. Around 200-250 people were there at any given event, and I think we peaked out a couple times at 300 or more.”
Focusing on different kinds of activities and entertainment worked well for bringing folks out every day over the nine event days, he notes.
Some crowd-pleasing highlights during the Party in the Park on July 25 were the mascot tug of war with politicians and the tribute bands.
“When the Louisiana Hayride put their show on [at 7 p.m.] it really rained hard, and the big tents down there had [more than 200] people crammed underneath them.”
The downpour didn’t dampen spirits, despite the chilly venue that had the band donning more layers of clothing, he adds.
“They persevered and put on a really good show for everybody.”
Beatles Now & Then also put on a “very good show,” he says, adding the Argentinians in the band spoke little English, yet did an “awesome job” mimicking the British pop group.
Hadden explains with so much going on at the same time, particularly on July 25, the committee is “really happy” with the results.
A longtime local himself, he says it was “quite interesting” to recognize so many past community members returning for the events.
“[They] grew up here and made the effort to come up, and spent almost the whole week here.
“There were not as many past councillors as I thought there might have been, but we did have a significant turnout.”
Children were roaring with laughter at the various children’s events going on during the celebrations, he notes.
“[Welcoming communities co-ordinator Kimberly Vance-Lundsbye] and her group did an incredibly good job.”
New Age Entertainment’s Rob Fry organized the music, and says the local musicians were also terrific.
Front Porch bluegrass band is “absolutely amazing” and Cariboo Idols 2015 performed well in their first public appearance before a large crowd, he explains.
“John Robert Goodwin from Quesnel … he’s an incredible songwriter and did a fantastic job as well. And, Cowboy Concert and Poetry night was also really good.”
He adds the Canim Lake Band Cultural Day was very well done and one of the best-attended days at Centennial Park.
The Duck Races also went well, says Shelly Morton, South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce executive director and Duck Race organizer.
The winning duck ticket holder was Joan Dick, who won $1,000, with another $1,000 going to the 100 Mile House & District Soccer Association.
Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett waded fully dressed into Bridge Creek to scoop up the lucky duck, Morton notes.
“I thank Donna Barnett for getting her knees wet for us – she was right in there, willing to go as deep as she needed to grab that first-place duck.
“And thanks to all the kids who herded the stuck ducks [back into the race] down the creek.”
Morton says the “loser duck” ticket holder, Joanne Young, won $50 for the last duck across the line – just before lightning lit up the sky for a short while.
Hadden adds the committee members and all the many other event volunteers did a lot to bring about the success.
“Overall, it was very well presented and very well done. I just can’t say enough good about them, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. We couldn’t have done it without them.”