Locals gather to share their love of water at last year's Winlaw Water Day event.

Locals gather to share their love of water at last year's Winlaw Water Day event.

Winlaw Water Day ready to make a splash

The time has come for the annual Winlaw Water Day, taking place this year on May 7.

  • Apr. 27, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Every year around this time, folks in the Slocan Valley get together just to share their love of water. This year the event will be taking place on Saturday, May 7 running from noon to midnight, based out of Mama Sita`s Cafe in Winlaw.

During the day there will be an outdoor market with a wide range of vendors and community groups set up around the restaurant. There will be a special kids zone where crafts and face painting will take place. A special feature this year will be a puppet theater happening throughout the afternoon for everyone to enjoy.

A popular feature of the annual event is the parade to the Slocan River. Led by the Samba Marching Band, followed by a colourful collection of dancers and assorted water lovers of all ages. The parade flows down to the Slocan River where everyone once again re-commit themselves to protecting and recognizing the value of water to our community. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m., but come early to enjoy all the festivities.

Throughout the day and evening, live music will be taking place with many popular local and regional performers taking the stage. Some of those include Red Eyed Soul, Lil`Dave and the Blues Wave, Jemma Luna and Thee Sideshow, the Cedar Creek Stringband, and many more. Just like the diversity of the Slocan valley, there`ll be something for every musical taste. The entertainment will take place outside during the day and move inside as the evening cools.

There is still space for more vendors and community groups who may wish to participate. A donation from the event will be going to the food bank in Slocan. To get involved, visit the Facebook page for Mama Sita`s Cafe.

Mama Sita`s Cafe is located on Highway 6, aprox 30 km north of the Hwy 3A junction. As this is always a popular event, drivers are asked to use caution when passing through the area.



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