Boston Bar celebrates community tradition

The 87th annual May Day Festival took place Saturday

The 2014 Boston Bar May Day Royal Party.

The 2014 Boston Bar May Day Royal Party.

Boston Bar celebrated its 87th May Day festival on Saturday.

The annual event featured a parade along Highway 1, followed by the crowning of the new May Queen, traditional May Pole dance, children’s activities, food, silent auction, vendors, and live music at the fairground. On Saturday night, the Abba tribute band Arrival, with guests The Grove, took over the main stage for a special concert.

A special honourary award was presented to Const. Jon Lane, who left Boston Bar this week for a new RCMP post. He was recognized for his “real care and concern when dealing with” residents and his willingness to attend public events, such as May Day, Remembrance Day, Stuff the Cruiser, and wood cutting work parties for North Bend Community Place.

Several other Community Spirit Awards were also handed out to residents on Saturday on behalf of the Boston Bar/North Bend Enhancement Society.  Steve Clark was recognized for his computer work at the museum, and music at North Bend Community Place and community events such as Canada Day. Tara Lynne Gray received an award for keeping the food bank going with the help of Caelan and Evan, and organizing Christmas food hampers. Kim Davison was recognized for putting on the children’s games every May Day and making things easier for Patricia Davison in all her volunteer efforts. Jabal Forman received an award for his volunteer efforts at May Day and community events such as the wood cutting party at North Bend Community Place. Dan Mainwaring was honoured for always being in the “kitchen cooking up tasty meals for all kinds of events such as the senior’s dinner, memorial services, etc.” Norah Jacobs also received an award for being “an all-around volunteer.” She helps in the kitchen at events, at the food bank, May Day and “when someone is in trouble in her neighbourhood, she is right there helping.”

The 2014 Youth Awards were presented to Betty Davidson and Russel White for being tireless volunteers, who are always there “no matter what the function is or whatever the tasks they are asked to help with.”

 

Parade Winners:

•  Best decorated car or truck – Hortense and Holly

•  Best decorated float – Royal Party

•  Best vintage car – Pete’s House Restaurant

•  Best equestrian – Shirley Crow horse and cart

•  Best marching group – RCMP

•  Best bicycle or quad – Alyssa in the mini-RCMP car

•  Best costume – Parade marshall Shirley Crow

•  Best unique – Fraser Valley Regional Library car LiLi