Boston Bar May Day celebrates 86 years

Annual festival returns to Memorial Park this Saturday

The traditional May Pole dance is part of the annual festivities at Boston Bar May Day.

Boston Bar residents are gearing up for the 86th annual May Day Festival on Saturday.

The community event is steeped in tradition and is the second longest running May Day celebration, second to New Westminster.

May Day there has been celebrated since 1870, making it the longest running May Day celebration in the entire Commonwealth.

“It’s just a labour of love. It means a lot,” said volunteer Shirley Crow.

“The people who are on the May Day committee are the ones that keep it going. Many of the seniors in this town have spent their time at May Day and what we keep doing is trying to get the younger generation involved.”

Preparation for this year’s event started in January. Festivities include the parade, traditional May Pole dance performed by Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School students, crowning of May Queen Lesley Campbell, and presentation of the community spirit awards by the Boston Bar North Bend Enhancement Society.

There will also be children’s activities, a silent auction, beer garden, food tent, vendors and live music at the fairgrounds on May 25.

Rain or shine, the parade leaves Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School at 10 a.m. on route to Memorial Park via Old Boston Bar Road, Highway 1, and Chaumox Road. Several awards will be handed out including best decorated car or truck, best costume, and best marching group.

The evening stage lineup features Atlantic Crossing with special guests Cease and Desist. The Beatles tribute band performs hits spanning more than five decades.

Tickets are $30 at the door for adults and $25 for youth.

The show starts at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Just Posted

UFV introduces first mindfulness graduate program in Canada

Most of the University of the Fraser Valley program is offered online

Chilliwack churns out new generation of wildfire fighters

School district partners with B.C. Wildfire Service to prep Grade 12s for careers

All child porn charges against Chilliwack realtor dismissed

Meissner’s computers contained ‘miniscule’ amount of content normally found on offenders’ devices

Lagoon improvements, but no safety audit recommendations, coming to Harrison

The lagoon will see electrical upgrades, a new flag pole and fencing, but no life jackets or signs

Hope the hottest spot in Canada as warm weather continues across B.C.

Bob Marley said it best: The sun is shining and the weather is sweet

Stolen Bentley spotted going wrong way down highway found in Summerland

The car has been recorded going the wrong way on the Coquihalla, found two days later

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Vancouver-bound transit bus involved in fatal crash near Seattle

One man was killed and a woman injured in crash with bus purchased by TransLink

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Most Read