The Man In Motion won’t be attending, but North Okanagan communities are still gearing up to host the 25th anniversary Rick Hansen Relay.
Vernon and Enderby have been selected to hold an End of Day celebration for the relay team.
Vernon’s event goes Sunday from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Polson Park.
There will be entertainment by the C-Tones, Olivia Penalva and Brandon Schmoor. Plus, inspirational talks by Vernon Paralympian medalists – and Rick Hansen Relay medal bearers – Josh Dueck and Sonja Gaudet.
The medal presentation is at 5 p.m.
Members of the Vernon Vipers, Vernon Fire-Rescue and Queen and Princess Silver Star will be in attendance, and those attending can see some adaptive sports equipment including Dueck’s sit ski.
“Come down to Polson Park on April 1 and enjoy a family event,” said event chairperson Patrick Nicol. “This truly is a celebration of Rick Hansen and the difference makers in our community.”
Enderby’s end-of-day celebration will take place Tuesday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Cliff Street.
Entertainment and activities will include zumba and karate demonstrations, face painting, cultural displays, kids games and accessibility games.
The entrance of the final medal bearer, longtime Enderby resident Abby Pavelich, for the day will take place at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Prior to the Enderby celebrations, the relay will begin Tuesday in Spallumcheen at 12:05, and there will be a six-minute celebration outside the township’s offices.
The relay will move to Armstrong’s Pleasant Valley Secondary School and will leave the school at 1:10 p.m., heading down Pleasant Valley Road to Smith Drive before finishing at McDonald’s at 1:50 p.m.
There will be a 40-minute celebration at McDonald’s, where the company will donate 50 cents from every coffee sold to the Rick Hansen Foundation.
A special gathering spot in Armstrong to watch the relay will be at the RCMP corner on Pleasant Valley Boulevard, where a tent will be set up for people in wheelchairs.
Armstrong Coun. Shirley Fowler dug out some photos from the 1987 occasion when Hansen and the Man In Motion tour wheeled through the community.
She’s starting up a pictorial memorabilia of that event and will have it posted at the RCMP corner. Anybody willing to donate pictures can contact Fowler.
For more information about the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay, visit www.rickhansenrelay.com.
Hansen is unable to attend North Okanagan festivities.