I was so excited to experience my first Ladysmith Days this past weekend, and it sure didn’t disappoint.
Congratulations and thank you to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make sure this annual celebration was fun for the whole family and for the whole community. I know the Ladysmith Celebrations Society is a small group, but they’re a very dedicated group, and they sure know how to throw a party.
I had a great time wandering along First Avenue, watching the parade, listening to the live music, oohing and aahing over the fireworks show and listening to the laughter around me as children ran around and friends found each other in the crowds.
This year’s theme for Ladysmith Days was “Ladysmith Has It All,” and, looking around First Avenue on Saturday or walking around Transfer Beach on Sunday, it sure seemed like it. We are truly lucky to live where we live and be surrounded by great people, and Ladysmith Days felt like a real celebration of that.
Sure, it sounds like people missed having the logger sports, and maybe some people thought the parade could have been longer, but there were many opportunities for local singers to share their talents, many activities to keep children entertained and lots of reasons to spend time in Ladysmith.
One thing we’ve heard people say is they wish Ladysmith Days had stuck to the August long weekend, and it was announced during this year’s event that the 2013 Ladysmith Days celebrations will be be moving back to the long weekend. Lots of people seem excited to hear this, and this seems like a great way to bring family and friends from elsewhere to Ladysmith to discover everything this community has to offer.
— Lindsay Chung