Two of Sicamous’ biggest events will not be happening this weekend as planned.
Sicamous’ annual Canada Day celebrations, including the fireworks show, has been cancelled.
Mayor Darrell Trouton says the event will held on the August long weekend as a community appreciation celebration.
Fireworks purchased for the Canada Day event will be used at that time.
A Facebook update from the District of Sicamous states that once the current crisis is over, “we will work out the details for the event and advertise accordingly.”
Also cancelled is the Classic Car Show and Shine that was to take place in Finlayson Park this Saturday, June 30th.
However, the craft fair will still be taking place within the arena that day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as will the Louisiana Hayride concert that evening.
Recreation centre manager Wayne March says around 40 tables have already been booked, and there’s room for more. The cost is $25 per table, and all of that money will be going to Parkview Elementary School, which has begun a fundraising drive to purchase new and needed playground equipment.
Principal Joan Chafe says the school will have to look at replacing its current wooden playground structures over the next year or two, and she says the replacement equipment can cost upwards of $100,000.
“That’s hard money to come up with quickly, so we thought we’d start the process now and when the structure becomes unsafe, and the district will need to remove it, we’ll have the funds to build another structure,” says Chafe.
There will also be a raffle near the entrance to the craft fair for the playground equipment. As well, Chafe says donations would be welcome.
“We have to be proactive because I don’t want to see a school yard without play equipment for kids,” she says, noting the older wood structures start to rot. “They’ve been there a long time and they’ve served a wonderful purpose and, at this point, ours will stay, probably at least for another year. And if we’re lucky we’ll get two years. But the district has been very vigilant in coming around each year and checking what the quality of it is.”
Chafe adds the school will also be looking into grant funding.
Saturday evening, the arena will be cooking with the return of the Louisiana Hayride.
The show features new songs, new stories and the familiar faces of Andrea Anderson – vocals, William Brookfield – double keyboard, guitar and vocals, Mike Melnichuk – stand-up bass, electric guitar, vocals, Gil Risling – electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and vocals and Patrick Ryley – vocals. Also appearing is young Elvis, Adam Fitzpatrick.
The Louisiana Hayride was a live radio show, broadcast over KWKH Radio, in Shreveport, La. from 1948 to 1960. Many important musicians got their start there, including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and, most notably, Elvis Presley.
Tickets are available at the Eagle Valley News office, the Sicamous IDA and Touch’A Texas in the Mall at Piccadilly in Salmon Arm.
Once the show is over, says March, the ice plant will be going back on and the ice put back into the arena for a host of upcoming hockey schools, beginning with Hockey Development International, which will be holding an individualized training program, July 8-20.
In the first week of August, the arena will host a Calgary hockey tournament, which will be followed by the Sicamous Eagles’ camp, Aug. 6 to 9, the Sicamous Hockey School, Aug 12 to 18, followed by the return of Top Flight Hockey School and, in the last week of August, a ringette school.